Burning the candle from both ends and looking for a way to light the middle There’s an old saying that if you want something doing, give it to a busy man.
There are a lot of people in the music industry that do what they do as well as their day jobs and it’s not just the musicians. Whilst there are many venues, pubs etc that are run on a professional basis, working with full time agents and promoters feeding into fully funded radio and tv networks there are a lot more right across the industry relying on volunteers and enthusiasts doing it as a second job because they are huge fans of the music and have a vocation to help music get heard.
You’ll find them running clubs, helping out on community radio, running YouTube channels etc. There’s also the bits you don’t immediately think about, organising raffles at the gigs because once the band, venue, soundman etc. have been paid, there’s precious little left from the door fee to promote the next gig. It’s hard work and even harder to get new blood along to some of these nights. As with a tree if we let the roots fail, there’ll be nothing left to support the top. So if you’ve got a local club or venue nearby, see what you can do to help, it might be as simple as rounding up a group of friends and going along.
Another thing that people can do to help is buy tickets in advance, and like the band on the stage advertising their wares for the end of gig or interval, I’m going to blow my own trumpet a bit here, well the Fatea trumpet as this is very much a team effort.
To celebrate 30 years of Fatea, we’ve put together a festival, www.fateafestival.co.uk and it’s going to be running in Bournemouth on the 2nd and 3rd of November, a good few months away yet. Everyone could wait until October to buy their tickets, which would leave the promoters (volunteers) sweating on knowing that they’ll actually be able to pay everyone, a bit more stress on people already burning candles at both ends.
If the event is being organised properly those same organisers will already have to be spending money on venue hire, promotion, insurance, etc. to make sure everyone can have a good safe time. Buying your ticket in advance helps give the promoter the confidence to move forward. If it’s a band that’s organised their own tour, it means they know there’s petrol for the van, that they can eat, pay for the b&b before they get to the venue and hope all that said they would be there have turned up.
Just like pledging for new albums in advance you can do the same thing by buying your ticket as early as possible. Some tours/events are even doing can’t get there tickets, for people that can’t make an actual gig, but really want to help keep music live by buying a ticket, that may at some point buy the fuel that gets a gig closer to them.
The live scene is one of music’s richest veins and if you can help support the candle burners by helping out up front, I’m sure everyone will be hugely grateful.
On a similar front, as well as running an online magazine and organising a festival, Fatea also runs a great series of downloads.
Number 41 in that series Fatea Showcase Session Summer 18:Serpent
is now available to download from
The sleeves for the downloads are from Rebekah Findlay, musician-artist-radio presenter-day job doer-etc. Yep a two end of the candle burner.
The downloads are free to everyone, please go along and help yourself to a copy. There’s 16 great tracks/performers for you to discover. Go to their websites, buy their albums, get along to their gigs, buy early, because the really important things about music….It needs to be heard.