From Mr. Nice Guy: I have been through a lot over the past ten years, and I am at the point where I am looking to get my foot into the door. Can you examine me, my abilities, my band GryN (www.myspace.com/GryNpa), and some of the videos I have created to express my form of art? What are my strengths, and what are my weaknesses? I know it’s a lot to ask, but I am confident that if you give me the attention, you will not have wasted your time.
Firstly, the music is cool, kinda a neo-reggae or ska sound mixed with some modern alternative rock…but I’d rather talk about how you’re meeting new fans.
It may be obvious, but a lot of new artists miss an obvious step: when thinking about where you’re promoting online and offline, go where fans will most likely be. Promote RELENTLESSLY in a large variety of places where they listen to something similar. What well-known band’s fans might like you guys: Sublime? Flobots? Jack Johnson? Aquabats? No Doubt? I’m not saying you guys sound like those other bands, but there is definitely enough of a connection that you should go to all of their message boards, make some friends, and let people know you exist.
When you play shows (which you should) make sure to record them, put your best song(s) up online, and show your new friends and fans where they are.
Also…my first impression was that the name is a little weird (sorry). Maybe there’s a great story behind Gryn / GryNpa, but nonetheless. I’d say that might be something you want to think about 🙂 Once you settle on a name and build a fanbase, changing the name is a difficult task, and can potentially cost you a lot of fans. Get the best name and stick with it.
Lastly, there’s no bio on the front of the myspace page! You’ve got to have one. People want to know who you guys are, and what you’re about. Is there a bigger message or story behind you guys personally that will enhance my experience with the music and group? Keep your bio succinct, compelling, and to-the-point.
Hope that’s helpful. By the way, you’ve got a lot of content on there already. Good songs and videos, so you’re off to a great start. And to any other artists who are reading: these things are definitely bases you should have covered. Make sure you do, and move on from there.