GuitarMikeB wrote:What does 'picking up fans' with short UG videos or RN-posted videos get you? Neither will get you a paying gig. No one is buying actual CDs or even downloads anymore - I've sold less than a handful of each in 2019. People are streaming their music - I've had over 14000 streams on Spotify alone. (Don't question the $$, it's better than nothing, more than the d/l & CD sales).
Among our fans are other gigging bands that would have us on with them, and bookers/production companies that have an interest in putting us on stage. It isn't my imagination if they approach us in person and know who we are when we go to see other band's shows. Engaging with fans and other music acts, imo, is key to soliciting support, attendance to shows, and merch sales which far outweigh what a new band can get from streaming. As for the videos, the drummer we are looking to hire has decent videos to point us to. But Mike, ymmv. I guess you have to do what works for you.