I’ve had quite a few conversations recently with friends regarding a wide variety of topics relating to musicians and have decided to blog about it. However, these topics are just varied enough that I’ve decided to make it a mini-series. So far the topics I’m going to cover are: Band Member Privacy, How to Hire Musicians, Musician’s Rights, and Musicians and Favors. These will be switching between addressing musicians and non-musicians. So for Band Member Privacy, I’m going to talk to fans about respecting band member’s/musician’s privacy and I’m going to talk to musicians about what they can do to maintain their privacy without alienating their fan base or their family/friends.
It seems to me that people often need help in understanding how to relate to musicians that are their friends and musicians that they are fans of. In the same way beginning musicians need to know what’s what about keeping their personal lives separate, about how to handle settings fees, etc. I’m not at all claiming to know everything about all of this. But, I handle quite a few gigs on the paraprofessional level, both for myself and for my band. Megabands and the like already know this stuff and most of their fans do too. That said, this is going to be my opinion, plain and simple. If you don’t like it, feel free to chime in and disagree or offer other alternatives.