Ari Herstand (Ari's Take)

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, 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!

Ari Herstand (Ari's Take) responded on 08/06/2015

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!

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