I have spent my entire life between Washington, DC and Boston, MA. So when Messenger Down began planning for a tour that followed that route, I all but jumped on their manager to offer my services booking venues and opening acts.
I approached this thinking, wow I'm gonna be so good at this, I'm so good at sending emails, I'm so good at finding stuff, everybody knows me I know everybody blah blah blah blah wrong wrong wrong wrong.
While I was right about being good at sending emails, I overlooked the part where you can't find anyone to email and then once you do nobody responds to the emails you sent. I beg you, I don't care who you are, reply to your emails for the love of everything good in this world.
Aside from REPLYING TO YOUR EMAILS PLEASE EVEN JUST ONE WORD COME ON I have learned a few things:
You have to sell your band. As far as you're concerned, they are the most important band in the entire world, even if they only have 30 Facebook likes (luckily I do believe Messenger Down is the most important band in the entire world and they have way more than 30 Facebook likes).
Sometimes, people you want to get in touch with suck at social media, and will not have any method of contact listed online. They are awful and not worth your time.
Communication is everything. Make lists. Share the lists. Otherwise, you'll contact the same venue twice, or think you contacted an artist and then you won't, and it goes on.
Reach higher than you think you can. Sometimes you'll get a yes because a venue or a band literally has nothing going on the day you need them. That shot-in-the-dark contact and publicity can mean everything in the future.
Prepare for everything to go wrong. Because at least one thing will.
Obviously I'll be filling y'all in on the nitty gritty of the tour once it starts up in August, but for now, check out the new track from MD on idobi!