We’ve never been too fussed about being professional… not professional in the way we act or work or function but in the way that we don’t follow the same pattern of a normal band. Most bands THINK that the evolution of their group is; play gigs, get known, management and booking agents find you and then help you find a label/grow/progress, but we’re slightly different because we do that ourselves. We book our own tours and shows, we record everything ourselves as do a lot of bands we know and play with do. Firstly it’s easier to not spend money for a producer and engineer who doesn’t either know how you should sound or who is too lazy to bother with the effort of making you sound better (no offence to producers but I’ve met a fair few of you and this does happen).
Secondly, if you know how and what you want the sound like it’s far easier and better for you to figure it out yourself and find what works, so many recording session have been wasted by spending time messing around with drum tones, sound perfecting and amp fiddlin’.
Having management often means someone you know well who admires your band, who believes what your doing is worthwhile, wether it’s ab executive from a label/company or just a friend but they become part of the band essentially, they need to be kept in the loop constantly. Unfortunately a lot of young bands get swept up by middleaged guys who see a good band early on putting on their own shows, making their own merch and getting enough people to shows to afford them to either tour or carry on putting on more of their own shows and its an avenue to make money in and it SUCKS.
I think what I’m saying is, if anyone is going to manage us it’ll either never happen or it’ll be a very close friend, so if anyone fits that description then get in touch, we’ll continue with our diy ethos because (that’s all we know) that works, so yeah. Semi rant over. Thanks though e’eryone