YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE
To be a promoter is this day and age – by that I mean this day being Thursday and my age being 31 - is very much hard work. Things that were important to me when I was 29 have slipped away to be less important now.
Since February I have been working on a nice big gig at World Headquarters in Newcastle. Gone are the days when I was able to do these once a month – with 8 local bands on the bill. However since I have been writing, recording, releasing and promoting music for nearly 15 years now, I thought I’d be able to indulge myself in one more clever ‘big gig’ this Saturday before I either a)retire forever, b)retire for a bit or c)look forward and try something else.
Being a promoter is not something I do often but now I am doing it again for this short period of time I have realised why I gave it up in the first place. It’s a lot of work for very little reward.
Because I organise all of my own gigs and because I do most of the work surrounding MEIOSIS myself, I have decided that this particular stem of my musical career has peaked already and I don’t really feel like I want to do it anymore.
I’m looking forward to sitting at home and writing some new music.
The Bowie Experience is the world’s greatest David Bowie tribute band – not so much a tribute but a homage. They take Bowie’s songs and perform them on their own terms as fantastic musicians. They are also wonderful people. The show I am about to put on may be the peak of my career but only a night out to you. I have pulled out every stop to make sure you are highly entertained.
After the show, you may go upstairs to WHQ’s Uplifting Groove – where nobody leaves unhappy or unsatisfied. It is Newcastle’s only fun place left to be and I am offering you a massive show before it with David Bowie and me for 8 quid…!!!?? Too cheap. That’s me…
You don’t know what it’s like to go out in the pissing rain and put up posters.
You don’t know what it’s like to have to defy your own logic with money.
You don’t know what it‘s like to have to promote a band and make people love that band without having any reward for doing so.
You don’t know what it’s like when a venue decides not to pay you (after you’ve had a healthy night and paid all the bands).
You don’t know what it’s like to love loads and loads of people coming to the gig you curated… and having heaps of praise falling upon you.
You don’t know what it’s like for a band to decide they all of a sudden don’t have a drum kit.
You don’t know what it’s like for an artist to all of a sudden have an ill Grandma or an incompetent bassist.
You don’t know what it’s like for all of your closest friends to text you all at once with different reasons for why they can’t attend. Only to discover later that they were all in cahoots and just didn’t want to bother because they are cunts.
You don’t know what it’s like to have to hold back from writing about promoters and venues in my blog because I have to work with these people.
You don’t know what it’s like to have to organise all of this shit.
I love promoting – and I have very much enjoyed promoting this show…
But no more please.
But then… you don’t know what’s it’s like to be a promoter…
THE BOWIE EXPERIENCE:
WORLD HEADQUARTERS, NEWCASTLE
SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
£8 (or £10 on the door)
includes entry to WHQ Uplifting Groove afterwards