The knack: How to get a record contract, by Simon Stafford
Saturday 22 August 1998
You won't need a manager until you have to pay tax - so get a roadie with a van and a credit card. You must be careful when exposing yourself to the world. Make sure your trousers and haircuts are co-ordinated; when you play live, don't play for longer than half an hour; make sure your demo has two-and-a-half minute versions of two or three of your best songs. Take the tape round, saying, 'I was in town to see Sony/ Island, had some time to kill, thought you might be interested ...'
When they come to see you perform, make sure you have a decent sound engineer at a half-decent venue, if possible in London. Get loads of people there, and make sure there's more than one A&R man. They can't make up their minds on their own, so invite 10 and maybe three will turn up. Don't talk about business, just drink and drink and drink. Then, a few days later, 'bond' on the phone - 'Christ, I was arseholed.' 'Me, too.' The rest should fall into place." Fiona McClymont
Simon Stafford is the bass player in The Longpigs, and is currently working on a follow-up article, "How to Write a Second Album"
Life & Style blogs
Schematics from Israel's Iron Dome missile shield 'hacked' by Chinese, says report
Meow Chat: New messaging app combines Tinder and WhatsApp - but is it safe?
Ebola epidemic: Why has a disease that's only ever killed 2,000 people captivated the darkest side of our imagination?
Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
Topless sunbathing is no longer 'du jour' in France
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45 after suffering from cancer
- < Previous
- Next >
£300 - £350 per day + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Ecommerce/Retail/E...
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: The Organisation: The Green Recrui...
£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...