So you’re in a band…now what?

Here are some tips and contacts I have picked up over the past few months on how to get gigs for your band and some people who can help make that happen. To start, you have got to be proactive. Venues are not going to find you, you have to find them; and there are tons of places around the Phoenix area where you and your band can be seen.

  • 910 Live- located in Tempe, is a great music venue that can accommodate smaller and larger crowds. They have both indoor and outdoor stages, seating, free parking and a state of the arc sound system. The drink prices are fair, ranging from $3-9, and they have a bangin staff that is always fun to be around. For bookings email Brannon Kleinlein at  brannon@910live.com
  • Yucca Tap Room- with a dive bar feel and located in Tempe; is known for having local bands, who are just starting out, come in and showcase what they’ve got. This venue also prides itself on never having a cover, which is awesome for your fans. Yucca offers pizza, wings and drink all within the $3-18 range.
  • Foundry on First- a newly opened music venue in the downtown Phoenix area. Just located one block away from the US Airways Center has a great proximity to the light rail and plenty of parking lots in the surrounding area ranging from $5-$15. They have an awesome bar specifically dedicated to tap beers and drink prices ranging from $6-13. For bookings at the Foundry, contact Kim LaRowe at kim@foundrylive.com or call 602-510-0611

These are just a few of the many, many venues within the Phoenix area that you should check out if you’re trying to book a gig. Keep knocking on doors and find the right venue that works for your fans, music and style.

Check back soon for more tips =]

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Guitar Tuning 101

Like many people I have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I purchased my red beauty about 10 years ago and finally, just a few weeks ago, learned how to play my first tune. Unfortunately I have no ear for music, and tuning my guitar has posed to be a problem. However there are many ways to get help tuning your guitar. Here are a few options to choose from.

1. Have someone else do it for you.

2. Online Guitar Tuners. Such as…

http://www.gieson.com/Library/projects/utilities/tuner/  AND

http://www.howtotuneaguitar.org/

3. Telephone Apps. Such as…

Guitar Tool Kit- Which has a chromatic tuner with over 40 built-in tunings. A chord dictionary with 260 chord maps and audible tones so you can tune by ear.

Tyro Tuner- This app will use your iPhone microphone to allow you to play a note and then let you know whether you need to tune the string up or down.

Or if you have an iPhone you can open up ModGuitars.com tuner, click on the string you are trying to tune and hear it in the perfect pitch for your guitar.

These are all great options when tuning your guitar, whether you are at home or on the go.  And these devices can also help train your ear to what the proper sound for each string is.

 

Bass Drops and Bright Lights

We sat down with the Arizona’s “RelentlessBeats.” And got some insight to their world of electronic music.
 
What is relentless beats?
RelentlessBeats is the #1 promotion/marketing/event planning company in the state of AZ for electronic dance music (EDM). Not only do we promote, but we organize and operate events on a weekly basis ranging from clubs to large venues. We specialize in bringing in acclaimed international DJ’s. 
 
How did you guys start? 
In the late nineties we were all huge dance music fans and djs and didn’t have an outlet to promote our talents. So we created the brand, began throwing parties and promoting. 
 
What goals does relentless beats have? (Local in AZ, west coast ambitions, nationally)
In Arizona we are ramping up our event schedule to multiple days during the week. Not limiting ourselves to single venues and using multiple bars/clubs for our events. We plan on spreading our promotions and events overseas and with more states in the future. 
 
Where do you think the local and live music industry of the Phoenix area is going? 
Live and local music has been and will always be a staple in the music scene. I remember the days of the Mason Jar, Gibsons and Hollywood Alley thriving and giving exposure to our local live bands when larger headliner acts would roll through. Scottsdale is now bringing in some rock bands on a weekly basis, which I like. The industry will continue to grow and it will never die.
 
Do you promote/sponsor local DJ’s? And if so, how can someone who is looking to play a show acquire your services? How would a local DJ find a venue to play at?
We have a group of DJs that have been in the scene for over a decade that we promote and work with on a regular basis. For local DJ’s, their best bet is to begin in a bar setting, work their way up and build a following. If they prove strong…they usually catch our eye. 
 
People have associated dubstep and electronic music with drug use, how does relentless beats feel about this?  
Drug use has been associated with live performances and music as a whole since it’s beginning. It’s not really a concern for us. While we would never condone illegal drug use, we would never judge the choices our fan base make. 
 
What advice do you have for up and coming DJ’s?
The only way to seriously break into this business is by producing your own music. Anyone can learn to mix songs…It’s bringing your own creativity to the table that separates you from the rest. 
 
Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
check out our website: www.relentlessbeats.com for all upcoming events, news and photo galleries. Join the fan club via cell number and we’ll text you with event updates on a regular basis.