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The Modern DIY Band: John James Ryan of Keep Flying

Last month, I saw the most energetic live show I’ve ever seen a band put on in a room that holds fewer than 100 people.

That’s when I asked John James Ryan of Keep Flying to come on the Bandhive Podcast – not realizing at the time that he’s also worked with some of the biggest names in the scene.

Listen now to hear all the wisdom nuggets John shares about touring in a post-pandemic world, growing your fanbase, and much, much more!

What you’ll learn:

  • Why tours have gotten shorter after the pandemic
  • Keeping your bandmates happy by being flexible
  • Saving money on your tours by sharing gear
  • How to grow a fanbase in markets that are starved for art
  • Handling criticism from attendees
  • Which demographics to target
  • Why playing live is the #1 way to grow your fanbase
  • The mental health aspects of playing music

Why waiting is almost always a mistake

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