New Music Tips No 2: Reach them like you would want to be reached

May 26, 2008 at 7:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Here’s tip no 2, how to reach your audience in a way that they would like to be reached, (if that wasn’t obvious already from the title!)  Read on

Would you rather have someone call you up in a dry business monotone, and start speaking a
script like a telemarketer?
Or would you rather have someone be a cool person, a real person?
When you contact people, no matter how it’s done (phone, email, mail, face-to-face) – show a little
spunk. Stand apart from the crowd.
If it sounds like they have a moment and aren’t in a major rush, entertain them a bit. Ask about
their day and expect a real answer. Talk about something non-business for a minute or two.
Or – if they sound hectic, skip the “how are you”, skip the long introduction, ask your damn question
and move out of the way.
This means you must know your exact question before you contact them, just in case
that ultra-quick situation is needed.
Reach them like you would want to be reached. Imagine what kind of phone call or email YOU
would like to get.
If you’re contacting fans, imagine what kind of flyer they would like to get in their mailbox. Something
dull and “just the facts” – or something a little twisted, creative, funny, entertaining and
unique? Something corporate, or something artistic?
This is a creative decision on your part. Every contact with the people around your music
(fans and industry) is an extension of your art. If you make depressing, morose, acoustic
music, maybe you should send your fans a dark brown-and-black little understated flyer that’s
depressing just to look at. Set the tone. Pull in those people who love that kind of thing. Proudly
alienate those that don’t.
If you’re an in-your-face, tattooed, country-metal-speedpunk band, have the guts to call a potential
booking agent and scream, “Listen you crazy dirtbag! I’m going to explode! Ah! Aaaaaaah!!!”
If they like that introduction, you’ve found a good match.
Be different. (Even if it’s just in your remarkable efficiency.)
Everyone wants a little change in their day.


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