So you’ve got your band of friends together to start a band. To test the waters with your talent you have to play somewhere besides in the garage. You know, get a job. The first bands I was a member in played teen dances and local small parties. We went over well, but of course made no money, just had fun doing what we wanted to do; play.
Naturally we felt we were ready for the big time but we needed a combination of things to fall into place before we became the next “Big Deal”. The key was to find jobs that paid, and provided exposure so others could see us. Back in those days there was work in bars and clubs for bands like ours. We did cover songs of popular bands, dressed like rockers, and had a lot of material from rock to country to rhythm and blues. Plus we had a song list to impress the men with the money; the club and bar owners.
Now to think we were unique is a falsehood. Where there was work there were bands to do it, so the competition for steady work was fierce. It was a perfect storm; lots of places to play and lots of bands to fill them up. A rock and roll dream. However, the biggest key to becoming a working band was to get what is perhaps the biggest move in a new bands life. Finding the right Agent!
The Agent: This is the person who gets you the right jobs and represents you to the rest of your musical world. It’s one of those “good, bad” scenarios. If you have talent and your agent is a ball of fire, life can be great, it the agent is bad, life sucks. To explore this further I’ll be taking a closer look at what makes this fascinating relationship work and flourish.