So recently I signed up for Sonic Bids, a site where you can browse and submit yourself for worldwide gigs, solely because they’re the only way you can submit for CMJ. I hate that you have to pay for almost all submissions, but I do understand that if they don’t put some sort of filter on submissions, crazy idiots will submit themselves for the wrong kinds of shows and piss off promoters and ruin it for everyone.
(Sidebar: Hey idiots, will you please stop being so annoying and ruining things for others? You’re the ones who make it hard for smart people to do things because you put way too many of yourselves in the pool, and then the people in power don’t pay attention to unsolicited stuff because when they did in the past it was all crap or was totally misdirected and a total waste of their time. So if you’re an idiot, go ask a smart person whether you should do something BEFORE you do it, and if they say no, DON’T DO IT. Thanks!)
Anyway, I was a little skeptical about the whole operation, but I’m happy to say, I submitted myself for the M.E.A.N.Y. Fest music festival in NYC this fall, and I was accepted! So even if I don’t get anything else on there, I’ve already got a great gig lined up that I never would have known about if I weren’t on Sonic Bids. Seems like playing in that festival will be a lot of fun, a great social opportunity, and hopefully great promotion for my music. I’m really excited! It’ll take place the week of Sept 24-Oct 3, so keep your eyes peeled for dates. Also, the artists selected for the festival get 100 free spins on Jango.com, a new internet radio site that lets you connect with the people who listen to and like your music, so I’m really excited about that!