“A must-read book for bands & solo artists is Early Stages. A comprehensive, well-informed mix of insider wisdom & basic common sense."
Tom Robinson, Broadcaster and New Music Advocate, BBC 6 Music / Fresh on the Net
“Joe Ogden has written a hugely accessible handbook for bands launching their careers, signposting roads best travelled and pitfalls to avoid. User friendly from beginning to end, it offers useful advice that is deserving of any emerging artist’s attention."
Stewart Parsons, Founder and Director, Loud in Libraries
“A clear and practical guide to navigating the live music business. This book is a great resource for any emerging artist looking for gigs."
Mark Davyd, CEO, Music Venue Trust
“A must read for bands and artists booking their own gigs! Not only will you gain a solid knowledge of how the live music industry fits together, if you follow Joe’s essential advice you’ll be spending your time booking shows more wisely and approaching valuable contacts in the right way. In turn massively boosting your chances of playing better gigs and attracting an agent or other industry interest!"
Louise Dodgson, Editor, The Unsigned Guide
Are you in a band? Are you a solo performer? Are you interested in a career in the music industry? Are you none of the above and think you might have clicked on the wrong link? In Early Stages, former international music agent Joe Ogden talks about the challenge of building momentum as a live artist and provides a clear and accessible guide to booking gigs.
This book is an essential read to gain insight into the workings of the live music business. Drawing on personal experiences from years spent touring in bands and later as an agent at a major London agency, Joe offers a framework to follow for anyone without professional representation.
You will learn:
Who’s going to book the right shows for your band?
You are. And here’s how to do it.