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Re: Connecting to fanbase / Touring / some encouraging figures

Matt, I know Bandcamp has a feature that takes folk's emails when they 
download your music, also just to build an email list 'fan reach pro' 
seems to be used a lot. But I guess that doesn't help if you're mainly 
selling through itunes or whatever other bigger online store.  Figuring 
out all the nuts and bolts to find pathways to connect emails of music 
buyers and their locations to your email list is definitely something I 
know nothing about :) I can bow the bass tho ;) But seriously, good luck 
to you, I'm sure someone on here has already figured it out and will help, 
Steve Uccello

--- On Tue, 6/14/11, Matt Davignon <mattdavignon@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Matt Davignon <mattdavignon@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Connecting to fanbase / Touring / some encouraging figures
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 4:20 PM
> 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
> mattdavignon@gmail.com
> www.ribosomemusic.com
> 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
> >
> >
> >