Posted: Nov 13, 2006 5:04 pm
Ya know, I'm just a lame-o with an office job so I'm well aware that I'm not qualified to give working bands advice, but there's this thing that our long gone founding fathers in rock invented many many years ago called Do It Yourself (or DIY for short).
It's relatively simple, tried, true, and has worked beautifully for many people. It kinda works like this, class: You have a band that makes music and you have a fan that enjoys the music. Anything, or anybody in the middle of that relationship throughout history has been proved to be a leach who is out for both the band and the fans money. Sure, there are people in the middle who have their own good intentions and might even be fans/bands themselves. Regardless they are still leaches and if you deal with em long enough you are certain to get screwed. So the basic idea is to simply cut em out.
It's simple really and for the life of me I don't understand why bands continue to deal with booking agents, (bigger) labels, managers, etc. But then again I'm just a dude sit'n in a cubical about to eat a McRib.
If you still don't understand, go see Unknown Passage / Dead Moon Story.