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Gig Exchange

Were having a problem getting gigs overseas and other towns because we are not known there. We can help one another, lets exchange opening slots.

Location: Worldwide
Members: 71
Latest Activity: Mar 27, 2013

Why Gig Exchange?

I have been in the music business for over 30 years and it has always been the same story. Musicians looking for gigs out of their home town and not being able to get Gig because the venue owner has never heard of the band applying to play there and the band does not yet have a following in that town or country yet so the band cannot get a gig.

 

So here is what I propose. Do gig exchanges with a band from out of your are open for a band where they have a big following and in exchange let them open for you were you are well known and have a big draw.

 

Lets change the way we get gig. one hand helping another.

All the best to you all

Nick

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Comment by ENNEADE on June 4, 2011 at 3:45am

It s true

We are from France, and here, there is no gigs

Only the bigest ones, or metal's ones....

Prog is no important, except MAGMA, perhaps !

Thanx for initiative !

Comment by SPIN XXI KAKAO Figueiredo on June 2, 2011 at 11:14am
SPIN XXI is looking for gigs...
Comment by Jean Robert Viita on March 31, 2011 at 12:02pm
A fantastic initiative. The thing is that we, as a band from relatively unknown Norway, have to fly over to almost everywhere, and so we are dependent on hiring, lending equipment where we gig. Of course mid-Europe is reachable by car, but it'll take some time to get there. To bring lots of drums and keys like Hammond, Leslie, synths, pianos etc. on an aircraft will cost, so that will probably stop many from flying abroad. However with a little coordination it should be possible to use each others stash as well. We "The Windmill", will be supporting The Watch from Italy in Oslo, Norway in June, and they fly over on their own cost, to do the Genesis-Selling England show.
Nowadays flight tickets are quite cheap, so it would be feasible to fly to different places.
Comment by Kotebel on March 20, 2011 at 6:49am
This year we are concentrating on the release of our new album. Will be looking for gigs from November onwards. We are also looking to do a concert outside Madrid in September, in preparation for a concert that we plan to do in Madrid in October, to film our first DVD. We could arrange for an exchange concert in December/January, when we will do a concert for the official release of the new album.
Comment by From.uz on January 29, 2011 at 6:31am
Hello! We are progressive rock band FROM.UZ and now we are searching for gigs, feel free to contact us at thefromuzband@gmail.com. To understand what kind of music we play, listen to the samples of our upcoming album  here http://www.fromuzband.com/news/samples-prog-rock-unreleased-album/
Comment by Kimberly A Wheeler on January 23, 2011 at 5:12pm
I'm In the US, If I can help anyone let me know. Great Concept
Comment by John Orr Franklin on January 22, 2011 at 7:20pm

Another thing to think about, not only gig swapping but the concept of multiple bands coming together, renting a facility (small theatres etc), and putting on the show themselves. This requires some money up front but with three or four bands splitting the costs whlie pre selling tickets to the event....

I prefer a pre sell concept any day over playing for potential door cover charges. It can be done and it can be profitable if promoted and done professionally.

Comment by Kimmie Sharon on January 22, 2011 at 7:09pm
I have created a whole website not only using that method but also trying to get as many bands/artists as possible from outside the US heard here in the US. I use internet radio to get them airtime and social networks to promote them. I am pushing them on local radio stations as well. Gig swapping is good but i have found there are a lot of unnecessary egos in the US that puts a crimp in that. So many turn their nose up at that because they think they are too good to do it. Musicians need to wake up though i've been in music for years as well myself. I was a pro-drummer now doing Promoting, Reviews, Scouting and its not like back in the day so new methods are required to get anywhere and gig swapping is one good platform to build on.
Comment by David Slater on January 22, 2011 at 4:18pm

Always thinking Nick! GREAT idea! Hope artists take advantage, and give it a try.

Had artists from OZ looking for gigs in the USA & Canada, but I'm not that sure how to advise them. 

 

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