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Unread 05-31-2016, 12:08 PM   #1
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Would this be "wrong"?

2 of my favorite bands are touring together in the fall, so my wife and I decided to go ahead and purchase tickets for the show, and we decided to upgrade to VIP passes for early admission and Meet and Greet.

Would it be "wrong" to give the band a short demo of my original music? I don't have real aspirations for them to anything with it short of just listening to it (because I think it would simply be cool to have my favorite band hear a song or 2 of mine).

What would be least "tacky" way of giving it to them? I am planning on being professional with it and ask permission during the M&G. I have the files on a jump drive along with a short "Thank You" note and lyrics file.

I am also planning on putting a key chain on the usb along with a small bauble with my name/soundcloud link (probably like a guitar pick). I want him to be able slip it into pocket and be able to remember what it is pretty easily.

Is this a completely ridiculous, tacky, or just plain "wrong"? Thanks for any input =]

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Unread 05-31-2016, 03:49 PM   #2
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I'd lean toward not, but it would really depend on what I know about the character of the artists in question. Some bands are really genuine in interactions with fans and might appreciate being given some songs. Others might feel like you're being desperate for a chance to somehow make it big, even if that's not your intention.

Who are the bands?
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The Band in question is Switchfoot. Thet are touring with Relient K (no plans of a RK meet and greet but will likely try to stay behind for an autograph with gen pop).
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Unread 06-01-2016, 08:22 AM   #4
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2 of my favorite bands are touring together in the fall, so my wife and I decided to go ahead and purchase tickets for the show, and we decided to upgrade to VIP passes for early admission and Meet and Greet.

Would it be "wrong" to give the band a short demo of my original music? I don't have real aspirations for them to anything with it short of just listening to it (because I think it would simply be cool to have my favorite band hear a song or 2 of mine).

What would be least "tacky" way of giving it to them? I am planning on being professional with it and ask permission during the M&G. I have the files on a jump drive along with a short "Thank You" note and lyrics file.

I am also planning on putting a key chain on the usb along with a small bauble with my name/soundcloud link (probably like a guitar pick). I want him to be able slip it into pocket and be able to remember what it is pretty easily.

Is this a completely ridiculous, tacky, or just plain "wrong"? Thanks for any input =]
My bass player gave Peter Furler our demo when he met him back in 1999. I am still mortified to think that he may have actually listened to it.
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Unread 06-01-2016, 02:43 PM   #5
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I guess it'd be worth a try. My understanding of Jon Foreman is he's a pretty chill guy, so I don't see the harm in asking. My understanding of Relient K, and I may be mistaken, is that the chances of getting to talk to them long enough to get anywhere meaningful are probably pretty low.
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Unread 06-01-2016, 06:21 PM   #6
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My bass player gave Peter Furler our demo when he met him back in 1999. I am still mortified to think that he may have actually listened to it.
Some friends of mine have a similar story, for I band I was in, but left before they recorded their demo (the band was a trainwreck, and my wife and I were the first to abandon ship).

The one very keen member of the band (who thought overhighly of himself) gave a copy to Dave Dobbyn, one of the most well known local artists in New Zealand. When the bass player (who is also on the worship team my wife and I lead) found out, he was indeed mortified.
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Some friends of mine have a similar story, for I band I was in, but left before they recorded their demo (the band was a trainwreck, and my wife and I were the first to abandon ship). The one very keen member of the band (who thought overhighly of himself) gave a copy to Dave Dobbyn, one of the most well known local artists in New Zealand. When the bass player (who is also on the worship team my wife and I lead) found out, he was indeed mortified.
I heard Dave Dobbyn last week on Sports Radio, he said he was always quite pleased when young musicians used to drop in on him for a chat. You never know, he probably did listen to it.
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If anyone is interested, these are the songs I plan to give:

https://soundcloud.com/bryanjemerson/sets/solae
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