Ever listen to a great band or musician and wonder how you can get involved? Lifestyles Editor Ashley Seering gives us insight.
5. Read music magazines
Spin, Rolling Stone and AP are all magazine titles you may or may not have heard of. They don’t contain anyone’s first baby photos, they typically don’t have some huge controversy sprawled across the cover, but they do offer one thing; insight into the music business. These magazines and other music relation publications are a great way for even the busiest of music lover to stay in tune with tunes.
4. Learn an instrument
One of my favorite ways to make myself feel like I have a place in the “industry” is to mess around with my guitar or drum set. There’s no better way to understand what it’s like to be a rock star than to pick up an instrument and start playing. This will also allow you to do covers of your favorite band’s songs, which is always a good time.
3. Buy merchandise
Yep, it’s as easy as opening a web browser (like the one you’re on reading this blog on), navigating to the website of your favorite band, clicking on the “store” tab, selecting some super awesome t-shirts and other items, paying, and waiting patiently for the mailman to arrive. Not only will you be advertising the band with your new swag, the band appreciates your financial support.
2. Join a street team
Street teams are probably the closest way to feel like you’re “in the band” without actually being in it. One of the best, most active street teams I’ve stumbled upon is the label Fueled by Ramen. By joining the street team, you basically participate in promoting local events for the band’s on that label. FBR gives fans a chance to put up posters around town, receive news and updates first and hand out fliers and stickers at shows. Check out this link to get involved: http://fueledbyramen.com/streetteam/
1. Go to shows
My favorite, and probably the most fun way to keep yourself involved in the music industry is to support your favorite bands and musicians by attending their concerts. Ticket sales bring in a majority of the income for bands (especially the smaller ones) and you’d be surprised at how much that support means to the members. Go to a show, buy a t-shirt or a drink, have fun, and don’t forget about the music.