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More awesome punk rock out of Indonesia! Here is a video of band Sampah Domestik covering Rancid's Time Bomb. They really get the crowd moving and it looks like a totally fun show! I see on their facebook page they have some big festivals coming up. I'd love to visit Indonesia and see some of these shows in person!
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How many punk bands are there in North Carolina?
Dusty: There are so many bands in N.C. it is really hard to keep up with them all. It seems like everyone has a band these days, but as far as real punk bands go; they are few and far between.
What are some of the venues for punk shows in NC?
Dusty: The Somewhere Else Tavern in Greensboro is really good place for any band to get their start playing live shows. They also give the bands a DVD and audio disc of their set. The Milestone in Charlotte is a pretty bad ass punk club. We have always had a good time playing in Fayetteville at The Rock Shop and The Black Cat Lounge. Shit we will play anywhere that is not scared to book us.
What are some of the favorite bands you've played with?
Dusty: This June 14th we get to open for The Murder Junkies at Ground Zero in Spartanburg S.C., and for me that is a high light for sure. We opened for CJ Ramone a few years back at Arizona Pete's in Greensboro. The Dirty South Revolutionaries are always a rowdy good time. We have played with a lot of great bands from the Charlotte and Rock Hill area. The Body Bags are a really good horror punk band we have played with a number of times. We opened up for Greece's The Barb Wire Dolls a couple of months back, and they seem to be making a name for themselves here in the states. There are also a lot of great bands from around the area we have not played with but you should check out. Bands like Antiseen, the Flat Tires, SpeedBoozer, All Rise, and The Letdowns just to name a few.
Do you think there is a line punk rock shouldn't cross or is it anything goes?
Dusty: Anything goes… I mean there is such a thing called morals, but the alcohol normally drowns that shit out.
Do The Bleeding Twats have a music video?
Dusty: Yeah, we got some live videos up on YouTube or just Google the Bleeding Twats. You will get us or porn… you score either way. You can also check out our Reverb Nation and Facebook pages.
What are some of The Bleeding Twats hobbies outside of playing punk music?
Dusty: Watching movies is a big part of my life. Not to sound like a lazy asshole, but watching movies has always been my thing since I was a little kid. Back when I could rent five movies for five nights for five dollars on VHS. I also enjoy collecting records and drinking. Nothing too exciting… Like maybe trying to outbid motherfuckers at the last second on Ebay.
What's in the future for The Bleeding Twats?
Dusty: Hopefully staying out of prison and getting this long overdue album out. I am not a fortuneteller so you never know.
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Looks like punk is huge in Indonesia among young people. I think it's really incredible what the band Marjinal is doing over there, helping young people and working for change at the government level. Very cool! I would love to visit Indonesia and see a show!
Video is a very important marketing tool these days. For a band a music video can get you new fans all over the world. Many people check youtube before deciding whether to go to a show or not. I have even heard stories of bands making a music video that gets them signed to a major label. Making a music video is also just fun, it's like a big party where you and your friends can goof off, have fun and get a chance at internet stardom! In this day and age nothing should hold your band back from having your own music video.
Midnight Movie is a slasher flick from 2008. I watched on the Crackle channel on Roku. It's about some young people, a biker couple and two detectives watching an old 70's black and white horror film in a run down theater at midnight. The movie was made by a madman who escaped a mental hospital five years earlier. Fiction turns into reality as the film in the film's killer starts slashing the theater patrons one by one.
It's a real slick movie that looks as good as anything coming out of Hollywood. Really neat concept too. The killers mask looks like a Halloween decoration bought at Party City though. Still a good movie.
Are you looking to get stage shows? This can be tough because there are not many opportunities out there. You can book a local theatre and do a couple of shows over a weekend but then what? With the cost of gas what it is it can be hard to take your show on the road.
One solution is to become a concert promoter! This way you can become a magic emcee, do your full stage act in between bands or do walk around close up in between sets. By charging an admission fee at the door or working out a deal with the venue for a cut of drinks you can pay the bands and yourself.
The first thing you want to do is find a bar or club that can have live performances. If you require a stage you will want to look for this. Approach the owner or person in charge and tell them you want to book a music and magic night. Starting off you may want to pick an off night during the week. The owner should be happy for a chance to get more customers on a slow night. Pick a date and comfirm your stipulations. Do you get a cut of the alcohol sales, do you provide your own doorman?
Next find a couple of bands to play. Every city has it's own weekly events paper. Start going to some shows and introduce yourself to the bands. Buy them a drink or perform a few tricks. Tell them about your exciting new show coming up and invite them to play. Ask them to recommend bands. Exchange numbers and get them to confirm that they can play the gig. Remember that not every show has to be Woodstock, two or three bands will be plenty!
Now you need to promote your show so people will show up. Design a poster that has the bands names, your name, venue address, time, 21+ or all ages, date and a cool picture that will entice your audience. Put these up at the venue and all over town, any place that has board you pin one to or a window you can tape one up. Use a staple hammer and put them on telephone poles as well. Get it listed in the paper and spread the word online on Facebook and anywhere else. The cool thing is the bands will help you promote and bring many of their friends as well.
The night of the show, remember to entertain your audience but your number one job is to sell drinks. It's cheesy but go ahead and tell them to tip their bartender. If your bands get paid and you get paid you could turn this into a monthly or even weekly gig!
For more information about being a concert promoter check
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