In the time I’ve done FEMMUSIC I’ve found that I talk to musicians easily off the record. At least once or twice a year I find that I make the invitation. When it is accepted it becomes an animated discussion of where the musician is in their career, what’s next as well as a history of what bits of knowledge I’ve accumulated over time. I find it enjoyable because I usually hear things I don’t have access to. Problems with booking, club owners…differences in recording, etc… I have a worldview most of the time, so narrowing it down to a small level allows me to avoid myopia.
Surprisingly I’m not a coffee drinker. I only have it when I’m on my 3rd or 4th night out and am having trouble remembering WHY I’m out. I get my caffeine from chocolate. I have a tendency to dehydrate myself at shows. This is one of many reasons I don’t get sleep. I’ve been sober for over two years now so going to coffee is a safe way to talk to someone. We both are alert and interested.
Recently a musician couple invited me to coffee. We haven’t set a date but I’m looking forward to it. People in our industry, and most industries, like to do things face to face. You can learn things, even in rejection, in person more than via e-mail. I’m a believer in conversation. E-mail, phone only accomplish so much.
It is June and summer is now in full swing. If you’re not gigging now, work fast. The weather is good and getting outdoor crowds is the best way to add to the mailing list, sell merch and prep for winter.