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Tinpan Orange’s 8 Tips For Bands Just Starting Out

Written by Mitch Feltscheer on March 22, 2016

Beloved Ozzie folk band Tinpan Orange have announced the release and ensuing tour of their brand new album Love is a Dog, due for release April 8th. The band have announced twelve dates nation wide that will span the months of April, May and June, kicking off at Fairbridge Folk Festival in WA on April 15th, and ahead of the epic tour, we sat down with the band to get their hottest tips for bands just getting started in the biz.


1. Go to gigs. Listen to albums. The music industry is really a community and you should be a part of it. Also it’s good to know the musical landscape you are in to know how your music can be part of the conversation. Listen a lot.

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2. Try to chose people you love playing with and you don’t mind spending hours, days and months with; sometimes in small spaces, sometimes in places where no one speaks your language, sometimes in not so idilic situations. Choose at least one bandmate who could save you in a hurricane.

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3. Develop at least one signature dance move.

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4. Don’t be late. For flights, for sound checks, for gigs. I learnt that the hard way.

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5. Respect your audience. They don’t really owe you anything so work hard and put on a good show.

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6. Play lots of gigs. Try new things. And try play the best show you’ve ever played every time. Even if there are two people, one bar guy and a dog in the audience. We’ve all done those gigs and they are essential for a bands development. As Paul Kelly says, play to the people who are listening.

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7. Say yes. Take every oppertunity you can at the beginning. Then at some point you can start saying no and refining your activity.

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8. Practice. Practice. Practice. Practice.

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Grab all the dates and deets for Tinpan Orange’s upcoming tour below!

Watch: Tinpan Orange’s Rich Man

Tinpan Orange Love Is A Dog Album Tour
Presented by Music Feeds

Friday 15th April and Sunday 17th April
Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge WA
Tickets: Fairbridge Festival

Friday 29th April
The Grand Poobah, Hobart TAS
Tickets: Tinpan Orange

Sunday 1st May
Fresh On Charles, Launceston TAS
Tickets: Tinpan Orange

Saturday 7th May
Toff In Town, Melbourne VIC
Tickets: The Toff in Town

Saturday 14th May
Civic Hall, Mullumbimby NSW
Tickets: Red Square Music

Sun 15 May
Old Museum, Brisbane Qld
Tickets: The Old Museum

Fri 20 May
The Vanguard, Sydney Nsw
Tickets: The Vanguard

Fri 27 May
The Workers Club, Geelong Vic
Tickets: Tinpan Orange

Sat 28 May
The Railway Club, Darwin Nt
Tickets: Darwin Railway Club

Sat 4 June
Fly By Night, Fremantle Wa
Tickets: Fly By Night

Sun 5 June
The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide Sa I 4.30pm
Tickets: The Wheatsheaf

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