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Re: Connecting to fanbase / Touring / some encouraging figures

Yes, the live show aspect as you say below is important.

The connection that I'm trying to make is mostly to people who
download one's CDs and like them - figuring out how to make it easy to
get them on an announcement list. (And then to sort the announcement
list by localities, so that people on the other side of the country
are not bored by the announcements of local shows.)

Arguably, you can't force people on your mailing list. You mostly want
to make it easy to find and sign up for.

Matt Davignon
Podcast! http://ribosomematt.podomatic.com
Rigs! http://www.youtube.com/user/ribosomematt

Steve Uccello <stevebassbird@yahoo.com> was all:
> Matt, finding your audience can be a very long and discouraging task, I 
> feel like I am terrible at it.  Being as strategically efficient as 
> possible and taking any 'shortcuts'one can are definitaly essential (if 
> you figure any out let us know!)  But to me it seems the best way to go 
> about it is to offer something very high quality, not meaning any 
> qualitative value on playing etc, just being really good at whatever it 
> is you do (whether it's a classical concert pianist or a performance 
> artist who smears strawberry pudding all over themselves while playing a 
> kazoo, you know what I mean) and then offering that thing consistently 
> for a long period of time.  As well as playing, I've put on a few shows 
> & house concerts around the Monterey Bay area (promoting and playing w/ 
> Steve Lawson, Lobelia, Bryan Beller/Kira Small, Bill Walker, Atmos Trio, 
> Gustaf Fjelstrom)  I even opened for Kim Boekbinder as well as Saul 
> Kaye.  And it seemed I had to do a quite a few
>  before people even got the idea they were happening and worth coming 
> to. And that was even with a few radio spots on KPIG and flyering, 
> emailing etc.  Seems people (& I'm totally guilty of this too) go: 'I 
> missed it this time, but I'll make the next one' and so it goes.  Seems 
> good to also team up with other folks and help promote them, and to just 
> keep doing it unflinchingly for a super long time maintaining a high 
> quality experience %100 of the time.  I always ask myself, "am I doing 
> my audience a favor or are they doing me a favor by coming and 
> listening?" But, I've rambled long enough! And hey, let's try to do a 
> show together sometime, (seriously) or at least meet up and jam or hang 
> out! Good luck with everything, it certainly is tricky to get things off 
> the ground and even more so when you do something 'out of the box' oh 
> that makes me think of a cool panel discussion Steve Lawson did about 
> out of the box music, check it out here:
> http://www.stevelawson.net/2009/07/podcast-of-the-outside-the-box-panel-from-unconvention/
> Best wishes, Steve Uccello
> http://www.uccelloprojects.blogspot.com/
> www.steveuccello.com