The Smaller Tours Are the Best Start for New Bands

A debut album or EP can be an exciting moment for a band. You might feel that you can conquer the world if you love the music you make. While it can be a great way to get new music out there, it is not always the best move. Here are some reasons to start small and build from there.

When non-musicians think of bands on tour, they typically conjure up scenes of crowded venues, indulgence in the form of sex, booze, and illegal drugs, and thriving young musicians without a care in the world.

The stereotypes associated with touring are often wrong and typically only pertain to established artists with resources and sizable followings.

Experience is the best way to experience a tour.

Even though you might not realize it, Touring can be a mind-numbingly hard job. Even experienced bands can struggle to manage long tours. It will take you months to put together your first tour unless you have help booking shows or have lots of money to invest. It’s a fact that you won’t be able to book any shows on your first tour. You will end up with empty rooms, bad sound systems, debt, and venues that are not booked.

First tours can be difficult if your band has not had much success. Your music may be amazing, but national venues and music lovers alike won’t want to risk their money on you. Although touring as a brand-new band can be great, most artists lacking experience will do well to start small and make a name for themselves in their local area before moving on.

Start small to help you build momentum in your area.

It is a better idea for new bands to play in other cities in the region on weekends. This will make it easier to sustain a touring schedule. Although it is not as socially acceptable to tell friends that you are playing in a city nearby, you will get more bang for the buck if your first tour is smaller. You’ll be able to book shows in other music cities by doing short weekend tours. Long tours are not good for new bands because musicians often have to play in small towns they don’t plan to return to. You might be able to get booked in Bangor, Maine, if your band is new from Omaha. But, other than some experience, what else will you gain? Most likely, not much. Your brand will have the best chance of building a following by sticking to weekends in your area. The cities nearest to you are easy to reach.

You can focus on your music by staying close to your home.

While big tours can be exciting for bands, they can distract from newer artists who are still developing their music. You can still have the opportunity to tour, but it won’t take away from your writing and participation in your local music scene. You shouldn’t book long tours unless your city has music venues.

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