Hi Ari! My name is Ryan Van Slooten and I'm a singer/songwriter here in the Twin Cities area. I think we know quite a few of the same people actually. Anyway, I'm fairly new to the area, having just moved here from Duluth a little over a year ago, and it's been a bit of a struggle to get my feet under me. I'm still trying to get my backing band together, but in the meantime, booking solo gigs has been challenging. Any advice for finding the right musicians and booking shows? My last album, "Victory March", actually won 2013 Album of the Year by PerfectDuluthDay.com, which I'm very proud of, so it's frustrating to not be able to get out and play and promote my work. I've always enjoyed your articles, very informative and well written, so any advice you have is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
Hey Ryan, sorry for the delay. Did you make it out to my Entry show this past December? Jourdan Myers and Josh Clutter opened - two great TC songwriters to know. Keep going out to shows and meet other singer/songwriters. You need to work the scene. Co-write with anyone you can. And start to book shows at small spots like Aster, Acadia, and others. Good luck!
Thanks for the great blog! Question background: Since I am a new songwriter/artist wanting to get my songs in front of AR people to (maybe?) get a more traditional publishing deal and after reading your articles about music distribution (and CD Baby vs. Tunecore for publishing), I decided it would be best to just start a music distribution agreement with either CD Baby, Distrokid or Tunecore. I would stay away from eithe CDBaby's or Tunecore's publishing agreement because: I want to be able to takedown my music at a moment's notice, if I am that lucky (believe me -- I know it's a long shot) in order to start a publishing deal with a traditional publishing house. Hopefully what've said makes sense so far (any comments?), because here's my real question: If I completely takedown a tune I've already placed on various stores, can I then assign my publishing rights to a new publisher almost immediately? I am staying away from CDBaby/Tunecore pub deals for this very reason. Thank you! GordonAri Herstand (Ari's Take) responded on 08/05/2015 Next question
If I use CD Baby and want to get my album in Wal-Mart or another big box store (I have the contacts), am I required to use CD Baby to produce the physical copies of my CD?Ari Herstand (Ari's Take) responded on 08/06/2015