The Better Band Bureau Podcast

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Show Notes

How to Survive Winter Tours (And Not Hate Them)

Winter touring can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. As a musician, no doubt you know someone – or know of someone – who has had an accident driving between shows on snowy or icy roads. Two of our podcast co-hosts living in Vermont means we know a thing or two about surviving the winter… Listen now to find out how you can have a safe winter tour, and enjoy it too! What you’ll learn: How you can tour safely in winter so you don’t need to take half the year off from touring How you can prepare…

5 Things You Can Do To Avoid Becoming THAT Band At Shows

Almost everyone has experienced that band. The jerks… The entitled, aloof, rude, lazy, not-nice-to-be-around bands. But chances are, they don’t even realize that they’re coming across that way. Most people don’t intend to be bad people! So how can you be the most respectful band out there, an example of being the good band that everyone likes?Just follow five simple rules when interacting with people. As to why you should follow these five rules? Because if people enjoy working with you, they’re more likely to: Want to work with you again Recommend you to friends or colleagues Be nice to…

How Perseverance Pays Off – Meet Aaron Gingras and James Cross

DIY artists come from many different backgrounds… Some of us have extensive backgrounds in the music business and are trying to launch our own music careers. Others no experience at all, just raw talent from years of practicing their instruments. But there’s room in the music business for everyone! Join Aaron and James as they discuss their beginnings in the music business and some tips for artists to build a successful band. What you’ll learn: What motivated Aaron to begin his journey in music Why bands should work hard and persevere rather than expecting overnight success How mental bandwidth and…

Meet Your Hosts

AARON GINGRAS

About Aaron


Drummer, Management, Production

Hi - I’m Aaron. I have worn a number of hats during my music and touring career, but I have spent the majority of my time as Production for a recording artist, and as manager and drummer in my melodic punk band, Suburban Samurai.

Based in Burlington, Vermont, we have toured New England, the Mid Atlantic, and the Mid West USA with approximately 30-50 shows a year since 2016. Now we're enjoying the process of writing a new record.

In addition to spending the last four years very much inside a world of punk rock, I have also spent a number of years working closely with a musical artist in a production capacity which has allowed me to be involved with numerous concert tours, promotional events, and private gigs on five continents.

Whether we’re talking about gigs in a Brazilian soccer stadium, an arena in Melbourne, Jazzfest in Montreal, or a punk rock club in Boston, I appreciate the consistent and honest work that goes into music and its supporting industries.

Your band = a career

Find out how!

About Aaron


Drummer, Management, Production

Hi - I’m Aaron. I have worn a number of hats during my music and touring career, but I have spent the majority of my time as Production for a recording artist, and as manager and drummer in my melodic punk band, Suburban Samurai.

Based in Burlington, Vermont, we have toured New England, the Mid Atlantic, and the Mid West USA with approximately 30-50 shows a year since 2016. Now we're enjoying the process of writing a new record.

In addition to spending the last four years very much inside a world of punk rock, I have also spent a number of years working closely with a musical artist in a production capacity which has allowed me to be involved with numerous concert tours, promotional events, and private gigs on five continents.

Whether we’re talking about gigs in a Brazilian soccer stadium, an arena in Melbourne, Jazzfest in Montreal, or a punk rock club in Boston, I appreciate the consistent and honest work that goes into music and its supporting industries.

About Aaron


Drummer, Management, Production

Hi - I’m Aaron. I have worn a number of hats during my music and touring career, but I have spent the majority of my time as Production for a recording artist, and as manager and drummer in my melodic punk band, Suburban Samurai.

Based in Burlington, Vermont, we have toured New England, the Mid Atlantic, and the Mid West USA with approximately 30-50 shows a year since 2016. Now we're enjoying the process of writing a new record.

In addition to spending the last four years very much inside a world of punk rock, I have also spent a number of years working closely with a musical artist in a production capacity which has allowed me to be involved with numerous concert tours, promotional events, and private gigs on five continents.

Whether we’re talking about gigs in a Brazilian soccer stadium, an arena in Melbourne, Jazzfest in Montreal, or a punk rock club in Boston, I appreciate the consistent and honest work that goes into music and its supporting industries.

About James


Tour support staff, audio engineer, and BBB founder

I began my path down the long, winding road of the music industry in 2009 as a host at a local radio station.

Since then, I've helped artists throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico with their bands and music. I've done things from writing reviews and interviewing bands to live production and tour management – the latter two being my favorite.

As a three time veteran of The Vans Warped Tour and several smaller tours, I understand the touring lifestyle and what is required for bands to hit the road the right way.

About James


Tour support staff, audio engineer, and BBB founder

I began my path down the long, winding road of the music industry in 2009 as a host at a local radio station.

Since then, I've helped artists throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico with their bands and music. I've done things from writing reviews and interviewing bands to live production and tour management – the latter two being my favorite.

As a three time veteran of The Vans Warped Tour and several smaller tours, I understand the touring lifestyle and what is required for bands to hit the road the right way.

About Matt


Singer, songwriter, and frontman for Alive in Barcelona

Over 10 years in the music industry, over 200,000 miles toured, a top 100 radio single for 6 weeks, and two full length albums that charted on billboard.

I hate seeing people work hard to make it in a “dog-eat-dog” industry, so I run a music coaching business to help educate, enlighten, and reinvigorate musicians who feel like they’re not gaining the traction they want.

In short, I have a passion for teaching others to succeed. 

About Matt


Singer, songwriter, and frontman for Alive in Barcelona

Over 10 years in the music industry, over 200,000 miles toured, a top 100 radio single for 6 weeks, and two full length albums that charted on billboard.

I hate seeing people work hard to make it in a “dog-eat-dog” industry, so I run a music coaching business to help educate, enlighten, and reinvigorate musicians who feel like they’re not gaining the traction they want.

In short, I have a passion for teaching others to succeed.