How to get gigs: musicians guide

You don't have to be a rock star to get gigs. It's not just about being good at playing the guitar or piano; it's also about being able to promote yourself and your music in the right ways. If you're looking for some tips on how to get your first gig, here are some ideas that will help you succeed.

Practise continuously

To get gigs, you need to be in top form. To do this, you need to practise on a regular basis. This is how it works:

- Play with a metronome
- Play with a backing track (or two)
- Practice with other people
- Practise in different keys and tempos

Practise continuously

Produce A Demo

A good demo should be professionally produced, so it’s important to find a studio that has the right equipment and expertise for the genre of music you play. The producer will help guide you through the recording process, mixing and mastering as needed while making sure your songs sound their best.

When looking for gigs, people are more likely to book musicians with auditions than those without demos because they don’t know what kind of show they’re getting until they hear it first-hand. You can use this opportunity to showcase not only how talented you are but also how professional and reliable too!

Create an EPK

The first thing to do is create an EPK, or electronic press kit. An EPK is a package that includes information about you and your band, as well as links to relevant social media accounts and videos. A lot of venues and festivals use them when deciding who to book for their event.

The goal of your EPK is to be able to give promoters/bookers/venues all the information they need about you in one place—and make it easy for them to find!

Keep these tips in mind when creating your EPK:

- Include photos (professional headshots are usually best), links to any music videos or performances that have been published online, bios detailing each member's role in the band (drums? Bass? Vocals?), contact information (email address and phone number), any press coverage that has been written about you recently, other gigs where people can see you perform live—the more info the better!

Be active on Social networks

Social networks are a great way for musicians to promote themselves, connect with fans and make connections within the music community. They can also help you build a fan base and get feedback on your music. Here's how:

- Social networks allow you to share news about your songs or albums, as well as performing live. If you have something interesting going on in your musical career, let people know! You'll be surprised by how many people follow what you're doing every day. - Follow other musicians in the same genre as yours. You might discover some hidden gems that you would love to collaborate with. - Social networks give fans another way into getting connected directly with their favourite artists, exactly as it happens in CalypsoRoom where musicians and fans can meet and listening to the same music together, connected by webcam

Be active on Social networks

Network & make a good impression

Networking is the best way to get gigs. It's also one of the most important skills that you can learn as a musician. You need to build a network and make sure it's solid. You need to be able to meet people, be friendly and polite, and answer questions about your music when they're asked.

If your network isn't strong yet but you have time on your hands, here are some things you could do:

- Go out with friends who are plugged into their communities (and therefore know other people), have fun, and don't forget to follow up with people after.

Network & make a good impression

- Work on your craft by connecting with like-minded musicians through jam sessions and workshops in your area. This will help grow both relationships as well as skills for yourself personally - expanding what you already know about music.

Send Your Tracks To Radio

Radio is still one of the best ways to get your music heard, especially if you're an independent musician. The good news is that some radio stations are more open to playing unsigned and indie artists than they were before, thanks to the internet and digital streaming services like Spotify.

The first step to getting your music played on the radio is finding out which stations play what kind of music in your area. You can do this by visiting websites like Radio-Locator or TuneFind and entering in your location until you find a list of local stations that play similar types of music as you do.

Connect with other musicians

As a musician, it's important to connect with other musicians. When you're trying to get gigs, networking is one of the most effective ways of getting your name out there and making a good impression on venues and promoters. The more people who know you as an artist, the better your chances will be at booking shows!

In order to make these connections, it's important that you take the time to meet up with other musicians at open mics or jams where you can share information about upcoming shows and perform together. This way everyone can benefit from each other's work!

Think locally

When it comes to getting gigs, the first thing to do is think locally, act locally. Don't wait for the big break. Don't expect to be discovered by some industry insider and then catapulted into fame and fortune. Instead, get out there and make it happen yourself!

If you're feeling hesitant about taking action on your own, remember that nothing worth having comes easily in life, including becoming a successful musician!

Think locally


There is no secret formula to getting gigs. If there were, everyone who wanted a gig would have one. You have to work hard, be determined and show that you're committed to making it happen.

Building a community around your company is too crucial to ignore, and CalypsoRoom can undoubtedly assist you on this, by getting you in touch with your raving fans directly experiencing music in a new active way: at the same time, together, both connected by webcam.

Are you an artist and you want your music featured on CalypsoRoom? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks for reading,
CalypsoRoom Team


Written by CalypsoRoom Editorial Team
The CalypsoRoom Editorial Team is a skilled and diverse group of writers, researchers, and industry specialists who have access to Calypso's data and information in order to give you broad knowledge about the music industry as well as helpful advice to help you manage your music and dancing career.

Updated January 2023

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