Over time spent in my own band as well as booking bands for a living I have noticed a few 'beginner beware' rules that seem to affect everyone at some point. No matter how 'big' of a name you have or how much experience you have in practice or studio, the live show setting is much different. This article will discuss behaviors and other controllable conditions that will help you and your band stay in good standing with the clubs and promoters you need to propel your act forward.
1.Event Obligations: When you book your show with whichever venue or promoter you will likely have a set list of things required from you as a performance act. The most basic is your time on stage. If you get locked in for a 45 minute set make sure you don't cap at 30. Also make sure you are able to meet the promotion requirements like passing out fliers or selling tickets. If you agree to sell a minimum amount of tickets look at it as an investment amount, because you will be held accountable for the minimum amount.
2.Event Staff: Sound guys, bartenders, promoters, bouncers all these people are crucial to the venues everyday business. For this reason understand that the band is only one aspect of putting on an event. If you cause friction with any of these people it can backfire in a BIG way. Getting skeet drinks, hassled at the door, and crappy sound are some of the few things that can happen. Not to mention not getting booked again.
3.Changing Stage Volume: Once you or your band gets sound checked do your best not to alter your stage sound. Ask the sound man for more monitor before turning up your sound or changing your tone. Also make sure to do your sound check at show volume. If you yell into the mic, then yell into the mic. This is the appropriate adjustment time not during the middle of your set.