Hack-A-Career: Touring Tips & Tricks For Indie Musicians 405 words · 2 minute read

As a DIY or indie artist, touring can seem impossible to do without a label, money, or connections. We’re not here to say that it’s easy, but we are here to say that if you really want to go tour, you can do it! To help make your dreams of bringing your indie act on the road, we compiled a list of tips, tricks, and resources to get your band moving.

From booking, to communicating with crowds, and gear advice, we hope to make your next tour a complete success!

1) How to book a tour without an agent
Booking a tour can be very overwhelming. Joy Ike, a Philadelphia-based independent artist, created an awesome list to deal with a lot of the mental blocks artists face when trying to get your band on the road. You’re going to have to make some connections, or use connections you already have. More importantly, always remember that you’re trying to pitch yourself to the venue. Check out what else Ike has to say:
https://bandzoogle.com/blog/how-to-book-a-tour-without-a-booking-agent

2) How to keep your gear safe on the road
Your instruments are an investment into your career, and travel can seem like the enemy when keeping your babies safe. Rachelle Wilber of Music Think Tank hammers in the old argument of never checking your instruments when flying amongst others:
http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/scratches-and-dents-keeping-your-guitar-safe-on-the-road.html

3) 6 Tips to Engage a Crowd
Want your crowd to clap? P “Barney” Barnes reminds us of a trick that’s so simple that any artist can get away with it: Mirroring. Clap at your crowd and watch as they return the gesture. Check out the complete list of stage hacks for musicians by Sonic Bids:
http://blog.sonicbids.com/6-stage-hacks-to-engage-a-crowd

4) How to be frugal on the road
Pockets only run so deep when you’re planning (and paying) for your own tour. Robert Lanterman of Music Think Tank hits a valid point of having cool merch to keep your fans happy and your band going for longer. Check out the other simple suggestions to keep your band’s payout in your pockets:
http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/frugality-on-diy-tour-some-simple-suggestions.html

5) Guide to buying used gear
Being desperate for cheap gear doesn’t mean you should settle for stuff that doesn’t match the craigslist ad. Editor of Landr, Scott Parsons, encourages asking as many questions as possible and demanding pictures and videos in every and any angle possible when buying used gear online. See what questions he asks before he buys his gear:
http://blog.landr.com/buy-used-gear-without-getting-ripped-off/