Tuesday, March 22

It's Time to Play at Your Local Open Mic Night

Listen to Jango.comThis week on Jango Airplay we have a guest blog post from David Craver, founder of OpenMic.US, the most comprehensive open mic list in the world. Let's hear what David has to say...

"Today's 'indie' musicians have a plethora of marketing tools at their disposal. The Internet provides a virtual ‘touch-point’ that allows for constant, on-going communication with their fans. But, there is no substitute for personal contact.

Many ‘rising stars’ use live-music open mics to build their fan-base.

Jamie D., an Atlanta-based musician, frequently attends local open mics. He stated, “I’ve tripled my fan-base by working the open mic circuit. It’s the most effective method for meeting new people, gaining fans, and networking, that I can think of.”

The formula is simple; take the stage, give it your best, circulate through the crowd and trade ‘demo’ CDs for email addresses. The net result is that the audience members have seen you perform, talked with you, and have your music to play in their car on the way home. When artists take the time to cultivate new fans using this method, the new fans are more-likely to respond to email invitations to purchase music and to attend shows.

In today’s crowded indie music space, it’s critical to make a personal connection with fans. Open mics provide a music-centric, fun, environment where musicians can perform their original music, network with other musicians, and build their fan-base."

- David Craver, founder of OpenMic.US

For more info on David's Open Mic listing go to OpenMic.US

13 comments:

Michael said...

What is an "open" mic? Where does the term derive from, and is there a such thing as an "closed" mic? I only asked because the word open mic sounds like its a alternative to a closed "circut". Like the word "indie", it sounds like a derrogatory term for someone from India besides if "indie" is a derrivative of "Independant" then it should be "Indy" or "Indee".
With that being said, I will say if "Indee" is short for "Independant" then that is a misnoma because there is no such thing for who does any thing independant of any other out let outside of their own? The true independant artist and labels or both are the ones with who are without the need of various mediums and distribution. For they already have a tightly nitted network (networth).
What is called "Independant", should really be called "Dependant" or a degree above that "Inter-dependant" at bes. Open Mics, should be called "Closed Music Circuts" where artists go to perform, and do shows, but the circut is closed with limited exposure... not open to the true "music circut", because thats what it is. "Open Mics" have too many stiffling connotations attatched to it such as the term "Independant". Both terms create an illusion as to what it really is. Or we can call "Open Mics", "Open Music Circuts" to bring the realization of what it should be minus the emphasis of the actual microphone.

Dom P said...

Yes, I've done the same. Going to diffirent open Mic Nights really exposes your tallents and from there its word of mouth, especially if your Great the word will spread. Shout out to B. Holsey of Word Play Wednesday,and Amplified of versified expressions, These are a few people who helped me along the way and had a stage for me to rock on. To All inspiring artists, Stay focued on your goals and dont get discouraged.
My name is Dominique Perry Aka Dom P.

Anonymous said...

The open mic venues here for non acoustic players only want you to play covers and force you to play with the other musicians or not at all.
And if I hear The Roadhouse Blues again I will heave

Roby NoHayBanda said...

I want play in NY OM How can I do :?

glam said...

I play open mic nights all of the time. It is a good way to test new material, build a fan base if you are starting from scratch, or learn your trade. Also if you are between gigs, it's the best way to keep busy. Let's face it, if you are a serious musician, you should spend almost every waking hour playing! I tend to play up to 5 or 6 open mic slots a week and it helps a lot, especially when you follow up each performance with sales of cd's and merchandise. I was used to playing relatively decent venues around London with my previous band, then had to undergo serious surgery, open mic nights provided me with a great way to get back on my game.

Taktile said...

My best feedback on an open mic night...Give the other acts the same respect you'd like to receive. Understand that many of the folks there are nervous and thinking about their performance. Make connections with an honest objective. open mic night is no time to be the rock star that just wants to sing their song and leave. And of course have a great time.

Anonymous said...

terrible idea. Tripled your fanbase? to what, three people?
"It’s the most effective method for meeting new people, gaining fans, and networking, that I can think of.” Really? What's next, an article on 'Karaoke- the BEST way to promote yourself!'
C'mon, you guys really phoned this one in. If your going to spotlight information for musicians PLEASE do something useful.

Michael said...

Why are cover songs being pushed by the Music Industry? its because it is the only way they can maintain economic power as we are moving into the information age digital age and out of the last remnants (correct spelling?) of the Industrial Age. You look at the words Music and Industry they really don't go together sort of like an OxyMoron. They want to convince you that its the BluePrint to your Success. look at jay z's Young Forever thats a cover of Forever Young etc. They are securing their futures as owners of some type of copywright owners of the music that they jerked earlier artists out of in the eighties seventiies and beyond.....to be cont.

Artist: Bookman said...

I typed a whole page and they deleted it maybee they don't want me to say what I was gonna say well I'll simplify it. All This is is about SoundWaves, and LightWaves. Light and Sound, Movies, and Music. CoverSongs are Songs that keep former EneryPatterns Alive so they encourage you to do it now that old energy patterns are dying of leaving room for new Impressions to be made cuz in the Information age,... 4get it!!!....I fully explained it in my previous post that they evidently deleted rats!!1

Artist: Bookman said...

Artist: Bookman and Michael is the same person just to avoid confusion. CoverSongs are Songs that are benefiting the copyright holders of the originals which are in most cases are the beneficiaries of the old Music "Industry", which is failing because the Industrial Age is falling and The Information Age is rising (risen). The Information age is synonymous with the Digital Age. Cover Songs cover Your creativity and the NewWave of Energy (light&Sound) that YOU the NewArtist canbring to the World is being used to revitalize that dead energy back 2 life.

Elvis Lloyd Carden said...

WELL I GUESS WE ALL NOW AFTER THAT ARE STARS SOME YOU CAN SEE AND SOME YOU CAN'T BECAUSE THE LIGHT HAS NOT GOT HERE OR THERE YET BUT THE SOUND IS THE SOUND MUSICALLY ELVIS LLOYD CARDEN

Gig Pigs said...

Open Mics. I don't go often, but I used to.
I'm an ok singer, but I have to work on a song before I feel good about singing it live. The open mics are great for laying a song out and seeing if it's all good. If you screw up at an open mic, no big deal.
The bad thing about open mics is that you have to wait to get up and jam, especially for the ones that you're new to.

Craver said...

The term 'Open Mic' is synonymous with 'Open Stage.' It refers to the opportunity for any musician to take the stage and perform. To refer to this kind of event as a 'Closed Mic Circuit' would convey the wrong idea to the public and destroy the existing culture.

It is extremely difficult to get musicians to 'get off the couch' and to participate in open mics. We don't need barriers, we need pathways.