As a band you want to tour the world. You want anyone and everyone to hear your music. Here is the catch, you don’t have a lot of money. No need to worry. It is important to take that chance and play little clubs all over just to get your name out there. It will be worth it to your band and you will be glad that you did this.
Bands shouldn’t tour with the purpose of gaining a fan base, so much as to develop the vital skills necessary that you just can’t get from banging away on your iPhone for new Followers and Likes. For new bands, here are the real benefits of touring, regardless of the fan base you will or won’t build up on the road:
Playing live multiple times per week at different venues is an integral part to developing your sound. Think about it. You could play your hometown club 5 times in 5 months, for a total stage time of about 3.75 hours. Or you can get that same amount of stage time playing 5 gigs in a week. In just two weeks on the road, you have performed more times than a year staying home. Yes, you get better on the road. You get comfortable as a band, you get in a groove, you develop your stage presence. And the fans never know when you screw up, anyway, so don’t obsess on how “tight” you sound before you tour.
Yes, you’ll probably come home from your first tour broke and in debt. Don’t sweat it. You’ll probably spent the same amount on Spring Break last year, and you’re just about too old for Spring Break these days. Besides, you’re having fun while gaining valuable experience. And when your big break comes – opening for a big band, playing a festival -you don’t want to be forced to admit this is your first time on the road. You won’t be able to fake it with the bigger bands, and you’ll lose their respect.
[Reprinted From: http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/]