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Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby admin » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:49 am

Hi TAXI Passengers and past Road Rally attendees!

I'm working on the upcoming TAXI Transmitter, and want to do a compilation of tips and best practices from TAXI members/Road Rally attendees for this issue. I'm looking for things like:

The Road Rally registration line is one of the best places to meet collaborators on the planet. Make sure you're well prepared by having some music and business cards with you. Don't over sell yourself! Let nature take its course. You'll likely be in the line for quite some time, so meet your line neighbors by asking them to hold your place when you go to the restroom, offer to grab them a coffee from the hotel's Starbucks, and ask them what some of their favorite panels and classes have been at past Road Rallies.

Bring your spouse! You get a free ticket, so why not? If you'd like to get more "buy-in" from your spouse regarding your musical endeavors, having them join your at the Rally is nearly a sure bet. They'll meet your friends, get excited about your music-making activities, and maybe even "allow" you to buy more gear, lol! Your spouse can go to classes and take notes for you, when you're attending other panels or classes. Lots of bang for your Rally buck!

There you have it folks, Post 'em up no later than Wednesday, June 13th. Please keep them on the short and succinct side, and include your REAL name so we can credit you in the article! Tips will be chosen by a group of TAXI staffers. If you post a Rally photo with your tip, it might get included in the newsletter!

Looking forward to seeing your tips, and thank you!
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Re: Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby funsongs » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:14 pm

How about:
If you are driving to the hotel and intend to park in the hotel's parking structure, be sure to inform the check-in person you want the discounted TAXI RR attendee rate. (Hopefully that's still in the offering). They will give you a special card/ticket for the self-service entry/exit gate.
Might save you a few bucks. The entrance to it is on the right side, behind the hotel, as you enter off of Century Blvd.
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Re: Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby Paulie » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:25 pm

There are a few really good threads here in the Forum that talk about this topic in great detail. :)

My advice:
  • Attend both mentor lunches.
  • Get the schedule in advance (before you arrive) and plane out your days.
  • Plan on socializing around the bar regardless of if you drink or not.
  • Don't bother making CDs unless you want to have your music played during listening sessions. One song per CD, label it, test before you bring them.
  • Have business cards, preferable with some white space on the back to take notes. Carry a pen always.
  • If you can afford it, arrive a day early and help pack swag bags. It gets you early access to the mentor one on one selection line.

And to me, the most important thing you can do: PRACTICE YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH so when someone asks you what you do, you can answer coherently.

  • "I'm primarily a guitar playing singer/songwriter and focus on Americana, but I also dabble in other guitar-based genres."
  • "I'm new to the business, but I want to write instrumental cues for tv. My main genres are electronic like Future Bass, EDM/Dance, and some Hip Hop."
  • "I focus on piano-based music: reflective solo stuff, cocktail jazz, emotional/drama underscores and new age."
  • Thing NOT to say: "I'm a multi-instrumentalist and can do a whole lot of genres. What do you need?"

Hope this helps. :)

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Re: Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby johnlewitt » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:47 am

Socialize, socialize, socialize. Don't hide in your hotel room. When the days event's are done make sure to hang out at the bar and introduce yourself to every person possible. You might meet a new collaborator, you might learn an awesome recording technique, and you might just make some lifelong friends!
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Re: Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby markhimley » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:15 pm

posted this on the facebook one too, but posting here as well in case it sparks other good tips from other members:


Don’t go up to people and try to make a connection with only how it can benefit you in mind; be genuine and build real relationships. These aren’t just connections you’re making, they are potentially great relationships and friendships. The few people who come off as needy and are just looking to benefit themselves stick out like a sore thumb.
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Re: Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby Casey H » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:21 pm

Don't think of it as only being about meeting A&R folks, getting "discovered", etc. Meeting and building relationships with other Taxi members is probably the most important part!

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Postby MikeC » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:04 pm

This might seem obvious but Take notes Take notes Take Notes I still review my first Taxi Rally
information- There is just to much to rely on your memory!
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Re: Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby Telefunkin » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:21 am

Read the one-to-one mentor biogs carefully, then shortlist and prioritise your most appropriate mentors. After registration, go straight to book your mentor and session, as the popular mentors are soon fully booked. The sessions are over in the blink of an eye, so have in mind what advice to ask for so you can 'cut to the chase'. Double check your session time because it might be in the middle of a class! Be fair to everyone else by arriving early and leaving on time, otherwise you're cutting into someone else's 15mins.

Mentor lunches cost no more that a similar quality meal in the hotel anyway, so get tickets for both days. Get in line early if you want to choose a seat because the tables fill up fast. The best seats are closest to the mentor so you can hear them (its noisy in there). Everybody wants to hear the mentor speak, so if they ask everyone at the table to introduce themselves don't tell your life story. Book mentor lunches in advance of the event and collect the tickets on registration.

Study the class schedules well. The start/end times often overlap and it will be impossible to attend everything that you want, so plan ahead and prioritise. If there's a clash of timings on classes you'd like to attend, find a friend who's attending one and go to the other then share each other's notes afterwards.

Put your music on your phone (or mp3 player) and make sure you can quickly find your tracks that you might want someone else to listen to. Carry a Y-split cable for ear-buds so that you can both listen at the same time. Keep your ear-buds with you so you can listen to other people's music too. Make a few well labeled CDs though to give to those who prefer 'old' tech or listening later, and also for the one-to-one mentors who use ghetto blasters to hear your music.

The more you socialise the more business cards you'll collect, so make a quick note on the back of each card to remind you who those people were (e.g. what you discussed, where/when you met, their special skills, etc). On your own business card it might help to have your photo and your forum name on there.

Keep checking the stalls in the bookstore area. Vendors might be there for a limited time only, so if you see something you're interested in go for it there and then, don't wait until tomorrow as they might not be back.

The combination of excitement about the event and exhaustion from long distance traveling can take its toll. Evenings in the bar should not be missed but don't neglect the need for some good sleep so you can get the most from the next day. Oh, and take it easy with the Rockstar or you'll be awake all night! :)

Best tip of all - Just GO!

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Re: Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby LaurelCecelia » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:32 pm

Everything that has been posted is exactly what I would have said.....I can add, however, that the One to One meeting is very important. Don't skip it just because it's a long line or you didn't get the person you wanted.

Also, do not be shy about just saying "hi" to an industry person as you pass in the hallway. Don't try to give them your pitch...just say hi and something complimentary....like "I enjoyed the panel you were on this morning. Learned a lot!" I am continually surprised at how friendly and approachable people are.

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Re: Michael Needs Road Rally Tips ASAP for Article

Postby Casey H » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:37 pm

Eat at Taco Bell at your own risk! :P

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