Need a quick opinion on something. My band is playing a show in Manhattan tomorrow, and we're booked for another show in Brooklyn next week. The promoter emailed us saying that she's concerned we won't promote the second show as much since we have two shows close together, and asked if we were aware that booking back to back shows would hurt our draw.
I've been wondering about this myself. Obviously you don't wanna play the same area too much in a short period of time, because you can only get your friends to come out to see you so many times, but we also wanna put ourselves out there and get new fans. New York City is big enough to where it seems like we should be able to play a bunch of shows and not play to the same people every time, but we haven't been at this that long so I'd like to hear some advice from the more experienced people here.
Also, what's the appropriate response to this email? I'm thinking something along the lines of "we haven't played a show in a while, and we try to get people out to every show. Nobody wants to be the band that just brings their girlfriends." Thoughts?
We try to space our shows out by a month in the same city, or 2 weeks if we are playing somewhere close. The main 2 cities we play in are about 70 miles apart. Doesn't always pan out this way, sometimes playing back to back weekends happens. Over the summer we were playing almost every weekend between Denver and Fort Collins. It's a fine balance between over playing an area, and not playing enough IMO, and it's different for every band and every area. You want to play out enough to start building a fan base, but on the flip side you don't want to be known as the band who can't draw a crowd.