International Touring – An Interview with Tah Phrum Duh Bush

Tah Phrum Duh BushI’ve yet to do any real international touring, with the exception of two weeks of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival back in 2005.  But my friend Tah Phrum Duh Bush has been hitting the international scene hard for the last couple years.  So I asked him for some tips about how to get it going and keep it going on the international touring scene.

– Tell us a bit about your art and what it’s about.

Where’s The Organization Comedians?

That funnyman in the pic is Tim Babb.  Buy his album.

That funnyman in the pic is Tim Babb. Buy his album.

In the music business there is a ton of infrastructure and support for artists, particularly on the internet.  But comedy?  Not so much.  And I’m not entirely sure why.  I find myself regularly using and hacking music based sites to promote my comedy stuff.  Fortunately a good chunk of my comedy is music based, so it makes it a little easier.

And the music sites don’t seem to be super interested in catering to the comedy community.  Probably because that means they’ll have to open up their platforms to dance companies, theater companies, performance artists, and everyone else which dilutes their brand and platform.  So I can kind of understand it.

Passive Fan Marketing For Musicians and Comedians

Phil Johnson Squeeze PageAs you well know, gathering new fans is the lifeblood of every growing artist.  And with the world at our feet as far as possibilities and the numbers of people we can reach, it’s both easier and harder.

Easier because we have way more people that we can be in contact with, giving us the possibility of opening up markets we wouldn’t have suspected.  Which is what I think about every time I get a new fan from Sweden or somewhere.

Where To Find New Music Students

How to find new music students

Up until the last six months or so I never had trouble getting music students.  I usually carried a teaching load of 30-40 students and had a waiting list at least 10 long.  And then, all the sudden, things started to dry up and last July I found myself with less than 20 students.  Scary since about 60% of my income comes from teaching music.  I really needed some ways to find new music students.

What You’ll Learn

  • All the places I’m using to get student leads
  • Which ones work and which ones seem useless