1. Self-promoting. When striving to get people to come to a show Eighth Republic (8R) is performing we tend to market at minimum a month and half in advance. Reason being when asking last minute there time might be occupied, the funds might not be there, or they could feel as if you’re asking last minute because there not important. I find when asking earlier you can receive the payment and hold the tickets until the week of the show, fans tend to make a day out of your show they get there hair done, go shopping, go out to eat, come to your performance then hit an after party. Lastly it’s professional, bigger company’s promote there artist shows months in advance and if we cannot give the courtesy to our fans by informing them in advance how can we expect a great turnout? How can we expect to compete with bigger companies in the future?
3. Lastly is picking a track list. I understand wanting fans to hear the lyrics of a song and wanting them to feel and understand the artist better (that should be the goal with every song in my opinion). But what I do not understand is picking that song that is slow and all lyrics for a performance. Leave it for the CD fans come out to have a good time not to hear whatever problems are going on. So when we pick our track list we are very particular in the order of the songs not only to entertain and tell a story but also how the order of the songs appeals to the ear. Does it make sense to go from a party song to just a head bobber in the middle of our set? Does it make sense to start of slow then pick up the set, or just go blazing out the gate? These are some of the questions we ask over and over again before we set our track list.