Category Archives: Touring

Stay Focused

Health  Touring

Stay Focused Chicago, IL By Ryan Powers It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the endless things we feel we need, and have to be doing to stay up with what we want to accomplish.  There will be days that I … »

The Benefits of eFax

Resources  Touring

I started using eFax when I landed my first college tour in 2004. I had so many contracts coming in I didn’t know what to do. »

The Barter System

Money  Touring

Once I got a call about performing at a winery for a local event. During the booking they mentioned that they couldn’t pay me monetarily, but they could pay me in wine. I love wine, so I think, “OK, I’ll be getting at least a case”. »

Misadventures, Missed Turns And How Not To Be Famous On Tour: A Passage to India: Part II

Touring  Travel

I arrived exhausted at my Mumbai hotel and met my backing band, Mana3. Wonderful people. The next morning we caught a flight to Goa. »

Misadventures, Missed Turns and How Not To Be Famous On Tour: A passage to India: Part I

Touring  Travel

After paying a $20 submission fee, WOA Records chose me for a 20 city tour in India leaving just after Christmas. Wow! Kick ass. »

Breaking the 4th Wall: Prologue

Music  Touring

Breaking the 4th Wall: Prologue By Xiren Click to Listen I’m writing this article as guitarist Jake Goldman and I barrel towards Denver on our return from shows in the Midwest. Tickling my mind is the debate between artistic mystique … »

Booking a Venue for the First Time


Begin with an introductory email. I personally don’t ever read press packets mailed to me, or take phone calls from bands that I don’t know. I don’t care if you draw 2 million people in your home town, I don’t care if you say you have friends in our neighborhood and you can get 50 people to a show… »

Insurance for Musicians

Health  Money  Resources  Touring

Insurance is a guarantee against loss or harm and secures compensation in the case of loss, damage, or death. Having insurance of any kind covers the what-ifs in life, offers peace-of-mind, and you just have to have it. »

Balancing Family and A Music Career


If you are single and sleeping around every night with a different girl (or guy), this is not the article for you. Go ahead and skip to the article on sexually transmitted diseases. If not, you have at some point had to try to balance music and family. »

Be Real, Be Honest, and Make Music Your Life


I have earned my living solely from performing and teaching music for the past two years without having to get a day-job! I have found that a lot of the players in college who were considered the best are having a harder time making rent than some of the more determined underdogs. Because I was not the best musician, I had to be REAL and HONEST about what I could offer a venue when booking a gig. For me, honesty has worked better than any trick out there! Hopefully, my experience will help you on your own path. »