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The Unstarving Musician

The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features interviews with indie music artists an industry pros who share their experience and expertise on songwriting, recording, touring, getting gigs, marketing, and much more. It’s all intended to help indie artists to more of what they love–make music.

May 29, 2020

Dave De Carion is a longtime friend from the San Francisco Bay area. He became a student musician of one of my bandmates and was soon leading his own cover band Severe Pleasure. Recently Dave got stuck in Hawaii given travel restrictions from the pandemic and has been looking at gig prospects on the island.

Dave markets to a great personal network, consistently books gigs for his band, and is always giving thought to how he can get even better gigs. We dive into tried and true marketing methods to stand out from all the other bands pitching to booking agents, why certain promotional materials work better than others, and the attitude of giving more than you get.

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about recently getting stranded in Hawaii (08:10) and go on to discuss:

  • (15:25) Learning bass later in life
  • (22:00) Tips for distinguishing your band to venues
  • (28:25) Pitching to booking agents
  • (37:00) The future of the band following reopening
  • (46:15) Giving more than you get 

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