The best introduction to live performing for the entry level to experienced musician. The book covers topics from booking to getting paid, including promotion, loading in/out and how not to piss off the sound guy. The attitudes of the typical music venue booking agents and other staff are made clear, so as to avoid misunderstandings. Nobody should play a gig locally or on the road without first reading this book.
“David Barber’s new book, “Gigging: The Book” is an informative, well written and helpful guide to new musicians and experienced ones alike. He gives lots of great ways for artists to improve their visibility, get fans to shows and great tips on how to create authentic, lasting relationships with talent buyers and venue owners. Plus, it’s got a great sense of humor to it as well!” – Nina Storey, Professional touring artist
“This book should undoubtedly be put in the hands of every musician aspiring to not only play great gigs, but to be viewed professionally in the whirlwind of an industry.” – Tim Wenger, Colorado Music Buzz
“Barber…does a good job at letting total newbies know what to expect when setting up or playing their first gig…” – Brian F. Johnson, Marquee Magazine
Dave Barber is a true-blue veteran of the Denver music scene. He has absorbed the realities of the music business from the ground up, being out there in the clubs night after night, observing bands, club owners, soundmen, waitresses and groupies act the hero and the fool-sometimes on the same night. His book, Gigging, is a nuts and bolts ABC of what to do, and even more importantly, what NOT to do as a beginning musician trying to break onto the local scene. His wisdom applies to any local scene, because it is simple and universal. This ain’t rocket-science, but if you don’t know how to call a booking agent, talk to the soundman or collect your dough at the end of the night it might as well be. I would suggest any inexperienced musician check out Dave’s book. If every young musician did, there would be a lot more successful bands and a lot fewer bored audiences. – Paul Epstein, Owner, Twist and Shout.
“Learn the easy way by reading this book!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Kerry Pastine
This book could have saved me a lot of pain in my early music career, but even as I read it in 2014, it gave me simple reminders of how to be as professional as I can in this industry. I like how the reader can refer to different topics in the book when looking for advice and direction, which is short and to the point. Every musician wants some type of success in the music industry and yet many musicians don’t take their part seriously. Read this book from cover to cover (it’s small) or use it as a reference guide, but keep it close. It will save you a lot of hassle as you manage your career! Note: this book was written in 2012 and already much has changed in the industry, but the sage advice on how to act like a pro is timeless.
About the Author
Author David A. Barber is a standout in the Colorado Music Scene. He is a Founder, and Former President of the Colorado Music Business Organization. He has served on the Nominating Committee for the Westword Music Showcase Awards since 1998. Barber has also been member & chair for Entertainment Committee for the CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair (the largest free local music festival in Denver). Barber has worked at numerous Colorado music venues for many years and had the opportunity to see bands rise and fall. Barber is also a co-producer of Band Talk the weekly radio show that helps independent musicians navigate the dangerous waters of the music industry on Indie104.com, Los Angeles.