Afton Emerging Artist: Born Soul

Born Soul Son of A Local Legend in Austin, TX Kelly Hancock – aka Born Soul – is a native of Austin, TX. His dad is a local legend and was lead singer of the group “The Satellites...

Talking About business

Merch Table Tactics That Work

Image via Flickr / CC license In our last blog, we gave you some suggestions on the fundamental items of your merch table. Now what? Achieving Maximum Exposure Let’s go a bit deeper into putting together and managing your merch table at your shows. These are some solid tactics that will help you sell or [...]

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Stocking Your Merch Table

Image via Flickr Getting Your Name Out There One of the most important tools in an artist’s toolkit is Merch (or “merchandise” if you’re classy). For a local act, it’s a no-brainer. As any nationally-touring act will tell you, if you don’t have any merch, you need to get some now! Most bands make the [...]

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Is Afton “Pay to Play”?

Is Afton Pay to Play? The Ugliest Words in the Business Three of the ugliest words in the music industry are “PAY TO PLAY”. For a new musician or artist, or even seasoned veterans, finding out a potential show falls under the umbrella of a “pay to play” gig causes concern. What is “Pay to [...]

Talking About contest

Afton Artist Success Stories

Image by sasint on Pixabay Here at Afton, one of our favorite things to read are artist success stories. We ran a contest last year to get some insight on how we were doing as a company and we asked our artists the following: Explain how we’ve helped you, whether through a certain show, by [...]

Talking About live-performance

Is a Longer Set Hurting You?

Image by mikewallimages on Pixabay How long is too long? If you’re just starting to get your music out, you’re probably pretty excited to play everything you’ve written. You probably have every single song in your set laid out perfectly. You probably made your set way too long. When it comes to getting more fans, [...]

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Afton Emerging Artist: Juss Smoke

Juss Smoke Strong Love for the West Coast Vibes Born May 26, 1987, the Atlanta, GA native Jeffrey Mathis went by J Math for awhile until he changed his name professionally to Juss Smoke in 2018. “Juss Smoke” was born in Los Angeles, California due to his Strong Love & admiration for west coast vibes [...]

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Afton Emerging Artist: Bonnette Da Bandit

Bonnette Da Bandit From Two Radios to Writing His Own Raps Hailing from Charlotte, NC, Bonnette Da Bandit started writing raps in 1996 at the age of 14 or 15. He started out recording on tape using two radios. By the end of the year, he upgraded to a keyboard and a mic hanging from [...]