It may seem unusual
to be reading a review for a magazine, indeed most people turn to magazines
to read reviews, but a month ago I was turned onto a must have magazine
for anyone who is involved in the music business, be it a musician, roadie,
booking agent, or road manager all people who do Music can benefit from
this great magazine.
I was discussing
music with a friend, who is a pro bass player. The conversation turned
to the pit falls of the industry, and having to learn your way to be a
professional. That was when he mentioned Gig. He said that it was a monthly
which had articles geared towards topics that gigging bands are concerned
with. The next day he gave me a few issues to look over.
I found all four
extremely informative, and it made me wish that I would have had this magazine
back when I was a practicing musician, it would have saved me a lot of
head aches. The November 97 issue was the first one I read.
From the beginning I found it useful, due to the feature on gigging in
Orange County ( where I am from) not only did they cover the ideal
clubs for bands to play at, including genre clubs, but music stores, and
restaurants that cater to the nocturnal nature of musicians. This issue
also had a great article on how cover bands could get better bookings.
After reading that
issue cover to cover I picked up the second issue which was even more informative.
This issue from Dec 97, had a cover story on the plusses and minus of "pay
to play". And a topic not many bands think about when when they are gigging,
Getting published without getting ripped off.
The third and fourth
issues I read from April 98 and September 97 covered a wide
birth of topics from the Recording contract from hell, gigging gear, using
audio enhancers effectively, To tour or not to tour, why every gig counts,
and a great article on the issue of taxes. Besides articles like the ones
mentioned above, the magazines had great how to articles, and equipment
reviews. Including pointing out what equipment a band really needs
to play certain kinds of gigs.
Overall This magazine
was a great read, well written, and not half filled with advertising. Like
I have said before, Gig Magazine is a must read for any musician, or anyone
involved with music. It might seem strange to do a review on a magazine,
but like anything in life you wanna share with other people when you discover
something new and great. Gig Magazine surely fits that role.
Go to Gig magazines
web site and sign up for a free sample issue and see for yourself