Get your Garage Band our of the Garage in into a Gig: Part I: Press Kit and Demo

Written by Dennis Damp Jr

So you have your garage band and want to knowrepparttar next step to start performing for an audience. Maybe you arerepparttar 110028 parent or friend of a band member and feelrepparttar 110029 band is ready to play some shows. You may just be sick of allrepparttar 110030 noise coming fromrepparttar 110031 basement where your son or daughters band practices. Well, its not easy to get out ofrepparttar 110032 starting blocks, but with a little hard work, your band can get moving. When your band finally has some songs together and are playing well, now it's time to takerepparttar 110033 next step. Getrepparttar 110034 band out ofrepparttar 110035 garage and in to a gig. Of course your band won’t make much money at first, but with a well rehearsed act and some leg work your project can get offrepparttar 110036 ground running. Inrepparttar 110037 following article I will explain a few tips your band or band manager may need to get your band some gigs or shows.

The band’s first step is to put together a quality press kit. A press kit for a start up band is usually comprised of a cover page, artist bio or introduction ofrepparttar 110038 band, band pictures, song list, equipment list, contact and booking information, and a demo tape or CD. Once your band becomes more established start introducing newspaper clippings, band reviews, and business cards torepparttar 110039 package. Computers make this a fairly simple task these days. Any word processor should getrepparttar 110040 job done for a start up band press package. Most or all of your press packet design can be done in house and save a lot of money. If you plan on sending quite a few press packages to clubs or venues visit your local copy store and have some color copies made. Make sure your envelope stands out so that a band booker will want to open your press package. Try using a colored envelope or stickers of some sort onrepparttar 110041 envelope so that a band booker will notice your press kit.

XARC Mastering celebrates first anniversary, offers holiday gift

Written by XARC Mastering

XARC Mastering,repparttar world's first Internet-centric mastering studio, is celebrating its first anniversary.

Lorenz Vauck, XARC's founder, jokes: "We aren't planning any extravagant parties -- besides, we're simply far too busy for that -- but we're certainly celebrating our successes!"

It looks like Lorenz has plenty of reasons to celebrate –- Autumn has proved to be yet another impressive season for XARC, which continues to experience explosive growth in its worldwide client base.

XARC has recently reachedrepparttar 110027 450 client mark, and continues to build on its already spectacular track record. Many additional before/after demos, representing a broad sampling of XARC's more recent work, have been added to their website at

For Lorenz, XARC's first year of business has been both a humbling and gratifying experience: "I can truly say that I'm almost euphoric; it's really been a life-changing experience -- and one I never expected when I leftrepparttar 110028 off-line mastering business to start XARC Mastering. I continue to dorepparttar 110029 work I love, while havingrepparttar 110030 unprecedented opportunity of working with literally hundreds of wonderful musicians. I am truly humbled byrepparttar 110031 patronage and support I continue to receive."

Very exciting new projects as of late have included producing masters for both 'Corneille,' a famous Rwandan-Canadian R&B/Pop/World artist (, and for 'Émily,' from Star Academy Canada.

Her new single and album have been named "Légende Urbaine."

Lorenz also reports on other XARC projects from all overrepparttar 110032 international music scene: "As well asrepparttar 110033 Canadian projects, people should 'listen up' forrepparttar 110034 mastering we did for Noztra, a USA-based Reggaeton artist who is now producingrepparttar 110035 first 50,000 copies of his new album 'Ya Ain't Ready' andrepparttar 110036 work we did forrepparttar 110037 #1 Estonian boy-group 'Soul Militia,' on their album 'Silence Beforerepparttar 110038 Storm.'

XARC is pleased to report that all of these artists are quickly flying uprepparttar 110039 charts!

Also of note is that attention has again been focused on XARC Mastering itself; Lorenz was very pleased to conduct a recent interview with Digital Music Maker SE #8, a UK-based magazine. He was featured along with several other mastering engineers.

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