Follow Up to Showcase advice post from Industry Members

December 12th, 2013 by

After our recent post on the do’s and don’t’s of playing an Industry Showcase, we got some feedback from a couple of the industry members who attend our showcases. Here’s what they had to say:

From Jimmy Landry:
“The best advice I can give to anyone these days who may be showcasing for any tastemakers, publishers or labels is simple: You need to be authentic to who you are in terms of an artist.  If you are an R&B singer at heart and have heard from folks that you need to be more aggressive, you can’t come out in front of professionals as a rock act (without working on that genre personally) – they will see right through it.  You have to keep in mind that any credible A&R rep is dealing with the best of the best on a daily basis, and can spot any instances of insecurity relating to genuineness.  Now more than ever it has to come from within the artist in an authentic way – if you don’t have it, you don’t have it – but at least you will find out.”

Jimmy R. Landry
Former A&R: Capitol Records, Elektra Records
Current: Artist Relations: Cakewalk/Gibson

From an A&R rep at a Major Label:
“1. Be fully prepared. Examples – Set list, warm up, Quick sound check
2. Have a demo (2-3 song)  prepared incase the A&R rep wants to have a better listen.
3. Confidence, and have fun with it! (as if it was any other show). We can smell fear (haha!)”

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