I know the idea of Band Press Kits (BPK) and Electronic Press Kits (EPK) can sometimes seem a
little overwhelming. There are tons of different resources that you
have to create for them; it's a lot of work.
It's also a lot of necessary work if you plan on playing any gigs.
But if you don't want to spend endless hours creating full kits, and are just hoping to get a few gigs, without looking like a complete amateur, then I recommend you just create a simple booking kit that makes you look professional.
It will give the venue all the information they need to make a decision as to whether or not they can book your band.
On this page you are going to want to include some general information of your band. Include the following (but not limited to):
The main point is that it is only 1 page long. This makes it easy for promoters to manage your music, and puts all the important information up front!
Now if you want, you can simply include a free copy of your album. But if you want to make things even easier for the promoter, you can include a CD that has only 2 tracks on it.
Put your best foot forward with these tracks. You want to avoid anything that takes a while to grasp (Long ambient tracks are a no no), but instead try to put whatever tunes you have that you feel will grab someone quickly.
It's not that I'm trying to put down your other tunes in any way, but to be realistic, a promoter will simply not have the time or the care to listen to more than 1 or 2 of your tracks. She will have made her decision, and by that time it will be too late.
It's likely that she'll only listen to 30 seconds or a minute of your tunes before making a decision.
So make a good impression and show off!
Print out 50 copies of this, and make 50 copies of the CD's. You should then have something really accessible that you can give to people when promoting your band to try and get gigs.
As well, you might also consider adding in business cards that have your band name, contact information, and where to listen to your music (Bandcamp or Facebook links).
These are cheaper and more convenient to carry around, so they might end up being more useful for you in the end.
In any case, you are certainly farther ahead than you were before!
My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
If you had to find me somewhere, you would probably find me down at O'neils home cooking eating an organic sweet-potato bun breakfast sandwich with ham.
Among my friends, it's a "Muller Classic Move" to eat Mcdonald's at 2am because it's cheap and open 24/7. The joke here is that I'm an idiot.
I play drums, guitar, piano, and I write & perform music for My Goal Is Telepathy. Take a listen to the latest sound here.