Rock for Research [Part 1]: Cascades @ Bar 42


Tuesday may not be the best night for a gig at Bar 42. Tonight was quite dead for the most part though we did make a nice £35 on the door in support of cancer research. I feel that the main problem with this one was the promotional aspect of the gig.

One major item i forgot to do at the beginning was contact Cancer Research and notify them to the fact that i was hosting two fundraising gigs for their charity. This is something that should have been done straight from the start when i decided on the charity to raise money for as they may have seen this and thought “hey, this guy is hosting a couple of gigs to raise money for our charity, may be in our interest to give some sort of coverage to boost the event”. Another floor was the fact that it was on Tuesday night which after talking to Mark Knowles, owner of Bar 42, i discovered that actually they don’t usually host gigs on a Tuesday and that is something i really should have looked into was the best dates where he usually gets the most customers.
Another thing to address was my set… actually let’s not talk about that

Lineup:


 

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FMP | Week 8 | 30th May – 5th June

Progress Made

  • Printed out flyers and posters for the upcoming gig on 7th

Outstanding Tasks

  • Market and promote the both upcoming gigs at bar 42
  • Catch up with luke amor and red shores to find out how they are
  • Re plan the live album

seriously now….
So Red shores are now going on hiatus to focus on separate things. Because of this i am not going to record their live set on 14th and also i will be scrapping the live album which i had planned to release with three live sets from myself, luke amor and Red Shores. I think what i will do instead is record the live sets and maybe release my set with a studio EP as a double release same with Luke’s set.


 

FMP | Week 7 | 23rd May – 29th May

Progress Made

  • Got confirmed headlines for both charity gigs
  • Began planning the live album which i wished to record
  • Designed artwork for the live album

Outstanding Tasks

  • Market and promote the upcoming gigs
  • Print out posters and flyers
  • Practice for the upcoming gigs with my backing musicians
  • Contact artists with more details relating to the gigs
  • Write out marketing plan for live album

I should really catch up on these diaries…

So i have sorted out everything for the gigs on 7th and 14th. I am going to be practicing with my backing band soon. Need to print out flyers and posters still which i will do next week as i am going into college. I need to also write up a marketing plan for the live album.


 

Dreamwaves @ Bar 42


When organising gigs as a student at Northbrook college there is a great system in place where if i do a proposal to my lecturer i can get funds to pay bands who require expenses and all. Really useful and if you don’t make back to full amount you borrow you are not in debt, pretty good huh? Well yes if you remember to do an expenses proposal!

So i woke up last Wednesday morning and realised i needed to get £90 to pay back bands so i raided the last of my wages, luckily my mother was able to loan me some money to use as payment as i didn’t have £90 in my account.

Anyway, i know this one is late but hey ho!


Last Wednesday was a panic fest for me due to the fact that my own money was going into that gig, so if i didn’t make the money back on the door i would have been broke for the rest of the month (not a great realisation). Despite this the gig went quite well! There was quite a big problem however when the main support band did not turn up for soundchecks and also were not there for most the gig. They did however turn up during the third band’s set and so were able to play with a line check between sets.

My panic was lifted when one of my door peeps turned to me and said i had made back the money… You cannot believe how happy i was not to be broke.
I actually did however leave with a small loss because i ended up paying Opportunist, Red Shores and my two door peeps some money as i was just too happy to care really but we had made a good profit!

Lineup:


 

FMP | Week 6 | 16th May – 22nd May


Progress Made

  • Organised two charity gigs at Bar 42 for which i have all the support acts
  • Designed posters and graphics for the two charity gigs
  • Contacted artists to headline both gigs

Outstanding Tasks

  • Get confirmed headlines for both charity gigs
  • Market and promote the two upcoming gigs
  • Plan and design a live compilation album featuring sets from all signed artists to the label

 


Another late one again…

With the project drawing to a close in a few weeks i have organised two last gigs on 7th and 14th. Both of the gigs are in support of Cancer research and i have most of the line up with the exception of headlines for both gigs. I also plan to record the sets from myself, Luke Amor and Red Shores and release them as a live compilation album after the gigs, i need to design artwork for this and begin promoting it.
I feel like i need to step up my marketing game so i will look into various successful marketing campaigns from labels and artists. I will also contact various other record labels to look into how those labels market and promote their releases successfully.  


 

Rock for Research!!!

I am pleased to announce two charity gigs coming up in June on 7th and 14th at Bar 42. Both gigs will be in support of Cancer Research. The first evening will feature music from myself and our own Luke Amor along with some other soft rock and folk/acoustic acts. The second will feature music from our Red Shores along with other metal type bands. More info coming soon!!!

FMP | Week 5 | 9th May – 15th May


Progress Made

  • I have re planned the charity gig into two separate gigs on the same week one of which i have got Bar 42 for on Tuesday 14th June.
  • Marketed and Promoted the upcoming gig on Wednesday

Outstanding Tasks

  • Find a venue for the other charity gig i wish to put on in June
  • Follow up with Luke amor and his managers about the tracks for the press package
  • Organise one more gig for late may/early June to host Luke Amor, Joseph Bagwell in a pub type setting
  • Market and Promote the Label and artists

I feel like i have been falling behind on the main label focus of marketing and promoting the artists i sign. I still have not gotten round to creating a press package for Luke Amor however for that i am still awaiting two tracks to include with the package.

Though i would like to book another gig for late may i feel that it is best for now to focus on the two charity gigs that i am planning for June. I currently have Bar 42 booked on 14th June for one of the gigs which will be the metal night. I need to book a venue for a second gig to showcase myself, Luke amor and similar artists as well.
I think over the next week or so i will need to look into marketing and promotion more as these are the main goals for a record label when releasing artists material.


 

FMP | Week 03 | 25th April – 1st May


Progress Made

  • Hosted another two gigs (Bar 42 on 27th and The Smugglers Return on 29th)
  • Began contacting venues about final charity gig
  • Organised all the support bands for 18th May at Bar 42 for which i have designed a poster
  • Contacted Luke amor to discuss a press package in promotion of his upcoming EP
  • Uploaded proposal/preparation documents to classroom

Outstanding Tasks

  • Contact Technicolor Limabean about expenses for 18th
  • Complete the poster and event page for 18th
  • Book a venue for final charity gig in June
  • Begin recording solo EP
  • Organise and create a press package for Luke Amor’s upcoming EP
  • Research and contact music blogs/magazines and radio stations to promote and market Luke Amor’s upcoming EP and also the label
  • Follow up with Katie James about new logo

I am sitting here writing this late diary at Barnham station as the trains are royally screwed this morning. Weird how i am late to college writing up a late weekly log huh?

Another two gigs have passed now, the one last Wednesday at Bar 42 which featured Operation Kino, Technicolor Limabean, Dialysis and our own Red Shores. The gig was opened by a band i am starting with the two members of Red Shores called Phantom of Eden, hopefully this is something i can continue with them. Friday’s gig was hosted by The Smugglers Return and featured headline Andy and the Echoes, The Red Smoke, Ellie Niaomh and myself. This gig has probably been the one with the most problems and things which i have talked about in a brief evaluation of the gig.

I talked to Luke Amor who has informed me that his first Ep is nearing completion which is great. Next week i shall need to put together a press package to promote the upcoming EP to radio stations, magazines and music blogs. I plan to also start recording a solo EP of some of my songs i have written which i will start recording today!

I still need to hear from Technicolor Limabean about expenses for 18th which i will follow them up on. I also need to contact Kate James who was designing a logo for me to see how that is going. Hopefully this next month will be more productive in the marketing and promotion side of things!


 

FMP | Week 04 | 2nd May – 8th May


Progress Made

  • Fully organised the gig on 18th may including finished all graphics/poster and a schedule. I have also written up a guest list for the gig.
  • Followed up with Katie James about a new logo
  • Recorded two scratch tracks for solo EP
  • Began putting together a press package for Luke Amor
  • Organised door personnel for 18th

Outstanding Tasks

  • Call back the Prince albert to enquire about booking for a gig in June
  • Complete Luke Amor’s press package
  • Research into more venues
  • Research music blogs/radio stations and magazines to promote Luke Amor and Label related activity

Back to normal schedule with these hopefully!

I have now pretty much fully organised the gig for 18th May minus a few small details which will be discussing getting payment for the bands and also wristbands. I need to step up my promotion game for this event which is something i will need to focus on this week. One thing i will need to do in aid of this task is researching into more music blogs/magazines and radio stations in the local area who might be interested in advertising the gig.

I still have had no luck with a venue for June, i contacted the Prince Albert in Brighton but have not heard back from them yet so i will follow up with them later today. My main concern for this gig will be finding a venue that is ideally free if not cheap like Bar 42 but one that has availability during the dates i am looking at. It may be a case of having to cut down to just one evening if i cannot find a booking for three consecutive nights. I will also look into more venues around worthing and Brighton which might be good for the gig i wish to host.
Hopefully i can put together Luke Amor’s press package soon and start marketing his own music as he is almost ready to release some material. Red Shores on the other hand are currently not ready to release anything due to undergoing a change in direction so i will keep checking up on them to see how they are doing.


 

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