We book most types of R&B/Pop/Soul acts including but not limited to R&B, Pop/Club, Soul, and some Gospel.
Compatible Genre Philosophy
Basically, we book similar to how a RADIO STATION picks their play lists. We do this because non-musician people like many different types of genres. Our goal is to book “compatible” (not identical) genres on our shows. “Compatible” acts may not sound the exact same, but their fans would appreciate each other’s music (i.e. fans of Deathcab for Cutie usually enjoy music from Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and even Thrice or Mumford & Sons). In recent years, music fans and the crossover of genres have shown the music industry that today’s music lover has a much more eclectic taste then ever before.
We do not usually mix genres that are too extreme. For instance, we usually keep our Rock/Indie/Acoustic separate from our Metal/Hardcore/Screamo shows, and separate from our Hip Hop/R&B/Urban shows. Likewise we tend to keep our Electronic/DJ type artists grouped together as well. Generally we have the ability to find shows for almost any genre, depending on the city and the amount of acts we have in that specific genre.
Our shows also mimic national tours that have openers for the headliner that do not sound exactly like the headliner. National tours always incorporate other genres as openers, so that the headliner and all other acts on the show have their own “unique” flavor in the show and so fans don’t get bored.
We have found that an entire night of only ONE genre is boring for fans! Shows with absolutely no musical variety make it hard for your act to stand out to the crowd and make new fans. This makes it hard to gain new fans because you and the 4 other bands just end up blurring together during 5 hours of acts all sounding like musical copies of each other. You shouldn’t have to compete to gain fans from the other bands you perform with; you want your music to offer a different flavor so other acts’ fans start liking your band too. So when it comes to genres, we follow the same ideology that radio stations and national tour promoters have adopted.
Once we decide which genre a show will be, we then offer that date to a small group of hand picked artists off of our Artist Roster (acts that have already submitted an artist config). We send our show offers in small groupings based on genre, and then wait to hear back on who can or cannot play the date. We first offer a show date to the acts on our roster that sound exactly alike, genre-wise. But logistically, only 10% to 20% of the acts we OFFER a show to can actually confirm that specific date (due to various members’ schedule conflicts). Because of this, we have to then offer the show to the next closest genre of acts on our roster, and work outward in concentric genre circles.
If you are super picky on who you play with, make sure you REFER acts to us that you’d like to play with. We will not have many shows with 5 straight hours of nothing but “pop punk” music. We have found that opening a show with a few indie acts and then building later into the night with rock/alternative and pop punk bands, as an example, is a great way to keep the crowd engaged and ensure YOU STICK OUT as unique to other band’s fans when you take the stage. Likewise, a night with harder metal/screamo/hardcore acts, or a night with more urban/R&B/hip hop acts fits together nicely.