Well, now, The Pizza Bats are on their way. We've got our first live show in New York City (Monday, 9/26/16). The more we go out and talk to people about what we do, the more people we meet who basically just say, "yeah, that's awesome, if you wanted to play every night a week you totally could." Because we're in New York and it's the land of opportunity, y'all!
Maybe you've noticed Jake is a really charismatic writer. He just wrote an e-mail to the Bushwick Bizarre venue with a subject line of "You Should Book Us," and, tah-dah, they were down. This also speaks to the coolness of Greg and Jean, who are our contacts over there.
Anyways, before I ramble my way into the intricacies of booking shows, I really want to write about a recent idea we've been placing particular importance on: the hiring of a personal manager.
I've been reading through a fabulous book, apparently (based on it's own liner notes) clouted as the
Bible of the Music Business, entitled All You Need to Know About the Music Business and written by Donald Passman. Did you know there is a group of four advisers an industry musician will typically employ? They are the business manager, attorney, agency, and personal manager. The personal manager is pretty often someone who is a close friend (although Passman gives fair warning not to hire family), who deals with a mountain of organizational tasks, and is ideally a huge believer in the band and its mission and what it puts out.
Unlike an attorney or a business manager, an enthusiastic, inexperienced manager may be more of a blessing and more available to a band like us without much popularity. Passman writes, "If they're bright and motivated, I've seen their energy overcome the lack of experience and political clout with superb results," especially since "it takes as much (or more) work to establish a new artist as it does to service an established artist, and guess which one pays better (and sooner)?"
So I'm researching management companies in the area and also putting feelers out to you! If you know anyone remotely related to the music industry (even if they work in the basement sorting paper) who may have some leads or some information about who's out there, go ahead and e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, send us a facebook message, or a direct message on instagram.
Love and happiness,