Death of a Scene

or something like it...

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The Bands Start the Scene (meaning you need to fucking work together)

After hosting my first benefit show last week, I couldn’t help but notice the issues with the music scene on Long Island. From the inception, leading up to, during, and after the event, the issues of the scene were noticeable and obvious.

When I started this charity raising organization with my wife this past summer, we had our goals set; help the cause and unite a divided music scene. The feeling was, based on my experiences of being in a band, that people rally together for a cause. I wouldn’t say in the case of my event that this was completely lost but the band involvement could have been greater. Just to be clear, band involvement goes further than just showing up and playing (much further actually). Lets look at some points:

  • Fulfilling an agreement.

This show was booked in mid-August with a show date of mid-October. That’s booking 2 months in advance which is not exactly unheard of. Within the first month I had 2 bands drop off for some lame reasons:

  1. A band booked a show for the next day and the singer needed rest so my show was cut from their plans even though they agreed to play
  2. Band members had family party’s / wedding that day and couldn’t do it.

While the reasons aren’t completely crazy, DON’T BOOK A SHOW IF YOU CAN’T FULFILL YOUR AGREEMENT! This isn’t your fucking world. Your band flaking out has implications on other people.

  • Promoting not only the show, but the charity

This seems like an obvious one to me but I couldn’t believe how lacking the show push was from some bands. I mean, I did everything; flyers, event postings on social, constant posts on social, etc. As a promoter for the event, I feel I should have carried the bulk of this (all promoters should), but don’t you want more people at your fans at the show? Everyone needs to do their part. I mean shit, even a post share, a retweet, anything! It’s that simple. To the next point:

  • Acknowledging the charity on stage

A majority of the people at this event are there for the charity and not to see you (in most cases). A thank you goes a long way, especially if you are trying to win over some fans. I went up to every performer and thanked them for their time, as i should have considering their donation was performing, but just show some appreciation for being there. Unless you didn’t want to be? Let me know and I will never ask you again.

  • Supporting your fellow scene members

This goes for ANY show. A scene isn’t built around your band. Its built around several bands. You all need to support each other. Come early and leave late. People take note of things like this and will stick around if you are sticking around. 

I also want to note that this wasn’t an issue for every performer. In fact, some were great. I still feel it can get there but will take time. Creating a scene starts at the bands and it’s something that cannot be forgotten.

At the end of the day, bands just need to remember one thing:

YOU ARE NOT A FUCKING ROCKSTAR

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pitbullsandjams:

This is what it’s about! Both @twentypawsrescue and @unchained_ny will each be taking $944 from yesterday’s event at @evenflowbar! Thank you to everyone who contributed! #PBJLive #fundraiser #makemoney #pitbulls #dogrescue #adoptdontshop #PBJ1 #pitbullsandjams

pitbullsandjams:

This is what it’s about! Both @twentypawsrescue and @unchained_ny will each be taking $944 from yesterday’s event at @evenflowbar! Thank you to everyone who contributed! #PBJLive #fundraiser #makemoney #pitbulls #dogrescue #adoptdontshop #PBJ1 #pitbullsandjams

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Let’s do this!!!! #Repost from @pitbullsandjams with @repostapp

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Let’s do this!!!! #Repost from @pitbullsandjams with @repostapp —- THE DAY IS HERE! Rain or shine, the adoption event will start at 1 pm. We will have canopies set up should it still be raining but it won’t be!!! Doors of @evenflowbar open at 3 with some great live music! Hope to see you all there! #PBJLive #pitbulls #dogrescue #adoptdontshop #raisingmoney #support #localmusic #localbusiness

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My dude @mishaperiphery from @periphery came down to the office for a bit today. He signed some custom #bulb @daddarioandco #guitarstraps that will be given away soon. Stay tuned!!! #periphery #misha #guitar #daddario (at D’Addario & Co., Inc.)

My dude @mishaperiphery from @periphery came down to the office for a bit today. He signed some custom #bulb @daddarioandco #guitarstraps that will be given away soon. Stay tuned!!! #periphery #misha #guitar #daddario (at D’Addario & Co., Inc.)

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