I must be going through the musical equivalent of the man not wanting to ask for directions or some kind of ego-mania thing related to dealing with those in charge of booking bands at various venues 'round Phoenix, AZ. First let it be known that I have been there, done that in terms of experience playing out over the past decade and a half. Now I'm in a band I formed, doing a style of metal that is not riding the bandwagon. Its available on my bandmix site. But getting a gig is proving to be a lot harder than I figured. As I mentioned in one forum, we auditioned at one of the best venues in town, we played and sounded great got a great response. By all accounts we should have gotten a gig. I followed up with the guy who books the bands, he even did sound for us that night and was impressed. That was Jan 12. Now I've sent my URL to another club I played at years ago, per the owners request. So he's gonna take a listen to the two songs on bandmix. And I've got several other clubs to hit up yet. There's always a tsunami of advice that comes rollin' in most times, and it can be overwhelming at times c'os you got 10 different ways to do one thing. I don't think there is any one right or wrong way to approach it' for me its the promoting of the gig once you get it that counts. That part I have covered, and it never stops, that promotion machine. But things have changed A LOT since I last played out in 1997. In some ways its easier with the web and email but technology has also messed up the business. Bar managers no longer deal with musicians, they hand it all over to a Webmaster and are distant and evasive. Well, just more so than ever. Never met one yet that wasn't a bit of a freak.