Today you will learn 3 things to do before every gig.

While they may not be rocket science they are forgotten and ignored more often than not.

So many times we get so excited about our show all we do is practice and prepare for it.

That’s good but you can’t forget that the point of your show, to play for an audience.

Additionally, your audience is your customer base.

They’ll be the ones bringing the cash to buy drinks and anything else you got.

These 3 things will make your gig much more enjoyable and profitable.

3 Things To Do Before Every Gig

  1. Prepare Your Setlist in Advance – This may seem like a pain but you need to do it. Your setlist may need to be tweaked at the club BUT you’ll be way ahead of the game by preparing it in advance. You can then use your set breaks to make new friends with the people watching you perform. They’re potential customers.
  2. Have Your Merchandise in Stock – You can double your take home pay if you have enough merchandise on hand (and your decent at selling it). Don’t forget to mention what you have for sale right before you go on break.
  3. Assess Your Gear – The last thing you want to do is get to a far away gig and experience equipment failure. Ask yourself, “what would I do if my main gear suddenly stopped working at a show?”. Be prepared. Guitarists bring extra strings and guitars, etc.

There is an old saying, “luck favors the prepared”.

Be “prepared” so that you can appear so “lucky” that you just happened to do these 3 things before every gig.

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Craig Kelley

About Craig Kelley

Craig helps indie artists book more gigs, promote their music and submit to record labels @ GigFaster and GigFaster University . His latest release is his 7th album, Not So Blue. His band has supported Grammy artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Derringer, Gary Hoey, Joan Jett, Fuel and many more. He is also the host of The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians.

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