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How to get bookings for Festivals?

Khaos Sektor
Khaos Sektor

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Posted : Sep 1, 2015 22:49:50
Hello!
i just played in three festivals in my life Boom Festival, Freedom Festival, Indian Spirit and Psycrowdelica.
Its hard to play in festivals when i see the same line up all the time!! Usually i send email if its possible a promo.
But the reply is always the same..Full line up or no reply at all.
sidra
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Posted : Sep 2, 2015 04:08
make music that makes people want to book you           
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Khaos Sektor
Khaos Sektor

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Posted : Sep 2, 2015 09:57
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On 2015-09-02 04:08, sidra wrote:
make music that makes people want to book you




i make music and my new album is out! making music is not a problem!
wirakocha
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Posted : Sep 3, 2015 00:27
you need to have the contacts,names, emails,of the promoters organizers of that festivals, where you wanna play..           d(((+_-)))b
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Colin OOOD
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Posted : Sep 3, 2015 16:58
I'm interested in this too! I'm in a band and we make psytrance music. We played at Universo Parallelo and headlined Boom in 2010 but I'd be very interested in learning how to get gigs the festivals we've never played at such as Ozora, SUN Festival, Antaris, Sonica, Psy-Fi, Lost Theory, Freedom, GeoParadise, Maitreya, Transylvaliens, Rainbow Serpent, Earth Frequency, Spirit Base, Tree of Life, Solstice etc etc etc.

Maybe if we just concentrate on writing great music for 20 years or more, and making a kickass live show with live keyboards, guitar and percussion we'll get enough of a reputation for power and quality in the scene to start getting these kinds of gigs. What do you think?

Apparently writing to festival organisers makes you look 'desperate'. I certainly get no response from 90% of the organisers I write to I've pretty much given up on trying now. I'm tired of pushing at a locked door.          Mastering - http://mastering.OOOD.net :: www.is.gd/mastering
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Khaos Sektor
Khaos Sektor

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Posted : Sep 4, 2015 10:08
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On 2015-09-03 16:58, Colin OOOD wrote:
I'm interested in this too! I'm in a band and we make psytrance music. We played at Universo Parallelo and headlined Boom in 2010 but I'd be very interested in learning how to get gigs the festivals we've never played at such as Ozora, SUN Festival, Antaris, Sonica, Psy-Fi, Lost Theory, Freedom, GeoParadise, Maitreya, Transylvaliens, Rainbow Serpent, Earth Frequency, Spirit Base, Tree of Life, Solstice etc etc etc.

Maybe if we just concentrate on writing great music for 20 years or more, and making a kickass live show with live keyboards, guitar and percussion we'll get enough of a reputation for power and quality in the scene to start getting these kinds of gigs. What do you think?

Apparently writing to festival organisers makes you look 'desperate'. I certainly get no response from 90% of the organisers I write to I've pretty much given up on trying now. I'm tired of pushing at a locked door.



You right !! i will keep send emails for that festivals, but line up its almost the same in every festival.
OzMike
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Posted : Sep 6, 2015 06:55
The lineup is the same because of business. They get a good deal from the artist's booking agent. Spread the cost across multiple festival organizers and it's cheap. The average attendee at the festival doesn't care who plays. They just want a good time. As long as the name of the headliners are someone the punter can brag about having seen they'll keep hiring the names that sell tickets.

I hate to say it but dark/forest & even goa don't sell. Progressive and full on does.

If you want gigs make music that ppl will pay too hear, not necessarily music you want to make. There's a reason why certain acts are always getting gigs & selling their tracks. They make commercial (sellable) music.

There's nothing wrong with selling out.           Buckets. Loads of buckets!
frisbeehead
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Posted : Sep 6, 2015 19:29
Allow me to disagree with your last sentence!

It's one thing for an artist to be fortunate enough to make the kind of art that pleases the audiences. Simply due to the fact that it makes his life easier. There's plenty of such examples. I don't have a problem with that.

The problem begins if an artist feels like he's forced to meet the taste of the public, or whatever style is getting more hype or featured in most lineups. That's just plain rubbish if you ask me. It's ok if some money obsessed business man thinks like that, and many of our party organisers on this scene certainly do. No problem either, after all it's their investment and no matter how much identified with the scene we are - so as to take it personally - there's not much one can do about it. Besides, tastes are just the most subjective thing of all.

But it would be stretching it quite hard to say it's ok for an artist to think like a business man. Not suggesting one shouldn't worry about money, 'cause after all we all have our bills and rents and what not to pay - and you can rest assured I know to damn well how that feels and tastes.

Simply put: it's not ok to sell out! One needs to really look inside and ask the question: is this the music I want to hear? And if the answer is not even close to a bold YES, then they'd be better off doing something else entirely. If it's just business, there's much more solid and promising ways of making money elsewhere. After all, looking at it from that angle, the psytrance scene seems like one of the worst investments one could make in all the arts.

I say the same about Fine Arts and just about any form of Art you can think of. I have a formal background in Painting. I hate most of the crap that's out there. I hate it that there's so many lobbies, so many people doing it for all the wrong reasons. And call me an idealist, but I fucking hate it when it's just about the money.

Just take a look at Art History and ask yourself how much better or worse it would look like if it was all about recognition and money. I think it would look much different, for the worse.

It's not the Culture's problem that it's not lucrative. It's really the other way around. Because the moment there's no real incentive to keep pushing our culture in new ways, pushing for brand new things, so forth and so on, it's really everyone's loss on the long term. And I think we're seeing much more of that then we should already.

I know it's a matter of scale. Today everyone's to much focused on their own personas. Social networks almost made narcissism look normal. But on the long run, when there's no incentive to write real good books that set against the norm, to make the music that no one's ever heard before, so forth and so on, how's it even close to what it's supposed to be?

Why even call it Psytrance? Let's just call this "Festival Business for freaks" and get it over with.

TimeTraveller
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Posted : Sep 10, 2015 09:55
I think its more about being friends with organisers or participating artists. Or having a unique style of music with a remarkable amount of 'followers' Or having already fame and name.
psychotic_neuroscientist
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Posted : Sep 11, 2015 15:03
festival mafia if you would           No... no more scientists, no more laboratories, no more experiments, I thought you`d be able to understand that. No more!
frisbeehead
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Posted : Sep 12, 2015 02:51
you must first be willing to dress a tight black t-shirt with the (usually amateur looking) logo of the label on it. plus you should have an ugly set of sun glasses, the kind you'd imagine only bicycle riders would pick, or guys trying to look like grey aliens.

after this, you need to understand the utmost importance of building up for a very long time while using the same chord progressions people had a good time with 15 years ago or more. make it high pitched for EXTRA annoyance.

then post as many pictures of yourself as most girls would. who gives a fuck about studio pictures? it's all about the star quality.

nah, it's probably just about having good contacts like said above. I don't know what I'm saying.
vector_0
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Posted : Sep 17, 2015 03:37
-kiss lots of ass

-throw a party in your home city and pay festival organizers to DJ. be sure to kiss their asses when you meet them.

-post on facebook and twitter constantly about psy parties, dj's, producers, deco artists, etc. be sure to like/retweet festival organizers' promo and make yourself seen as an ass kisser.

-have lots of money so you can travel around jobless and play for free anywhere that'll have you. while you're at the gig, be sure to tell all the promoters and dj's how great they are and how awesome the event is. take lots of pictures, post to facebook/twitter.

-hire some visual artists to make a stage design and custom videography for you. maybe some dancers and fire spinners too. anything to make it look like a performance.

-maybe make some music or something.           http://soundcloud.com/rob-vector
Yidam
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Posted : Sep 18, 2015 01:30
record video where 80% is people dancing with eyes closed, especially people who look like fashion models, remainder 20% is video of you on console from the back with hands up in the air.

Sounds like EDM promo but the last 3-4 promo video's I've seen from psytrance producers are all like this. Man how this scene has changed! I remember a time when having cameras on the floor was completely uncool. Now half the people are posing when you shove a camera in their face.

Cynicism aside, I think smaller festivals are the way to go, easier to find out who the booking agent is, and follow up with diligence without annoying them. Big festival bookers are annoyed even before you talk to them so in that case the best way is some kind of long term relationship / try to make them a fan of your music.

At the end most promoters will book you if you can sell tickets for them so if you can find a formula for that then you are destined to be booked all the time.
moki
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Posted : Sep 22, 2015 22:30
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On 2015-09-03 16:58, Colin OOOD wrote:
I certainly get no response from 90% of the organisers I write to I've pretty much given up on trying now. I'm tired of pushing at a locked door.



Hard to believe that you don't joke. For you I've always assumed that you are one of those guys who are happy to have a weekend free of lives and working because they are busy all the time.

Colin OOOD
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Posted : Sep 23, 2015 18:58
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On 2015-09-22 22:30, moki wrote:
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On 2015-09-03 16:58, Colin OOOD wrote:
I certainly get no response from 90% of the organisers I write to I've pretty much given up on trying now. I'm tired of pushing at a locked door.



Hard to believe that you don't joke. For you I've always assumed that you are one of those guys who are happy to have a weekend free of lives and working because they are busy all the time.


I wish that were the case. I'm not joking.           Mastering - http://mastering.OOOD.net :: www.is.gd/mastering
OOOD 5th album 'You Think You Are' - www.is.gd/tobuyoood :: www.OOOD.net
www.facebook.com/OOOD.music :: www.soundcloud.com/oood
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