How to Write an Effective & Attractive Band/Artist Bio

How to Write an Effective & Attractive Band/Artist Bio

 

Okay! So you want to grab attention of your potential audience, producers, media agency and other people who might have interest in your band or what music you’re offering. And for that you need an attractive and effective bio which describes you and leaves a remark on reader’s mind. Sure! After all it’s the first thing that every professional who has keen interest in you looks for. I can help you with that because I Know that it’s very complex task to write about yourself in minimum words possible that explain everything about you in best way.

You can put your bio up on your website, facebook fanpage, or anywhere you want. A great bio can make a lasting impression of you on visitors, so you must write a good one. Simply follow what I mention and you’ll have your visitors converted into your fans. Also it’ll encourage bloggers and media to write about you.

 

So without wasting anymore time of yours, here is what you need to analyze & know before starting to write:

 

1. Know your audience

When you’re writing your bio, you’re likely thinking about, well, you. But a better starting point is to think about who will be reading it.

Imagine a specific individual who will read your bio, and write for her. For instance, let’s say you’re on an alumni panel for your college. Student attendees will want to know what they should be doing now to get the career you have. In this case, your bio should reflect less of your day-to-day work responsibilities and more of the past campus activities and classes that helped you get the job.

When you approach the process from the standpoint of what people will want to know about you—not how to condense your life story into two paragraphs—things tend to get a whole lot easier.

 

2. Know about yourself

Knowing yourself also means knowing your voice . Be authentic. Write about what you know best and write the way that you talk. If your bio readers ever meet you in person, they should feel as if they already knew you. One note of caution though: unless you are a comedian on the side, avoid using humor in your writing. If you can confuse tone when reading text messages, missing tone when reading a joke can be just as bad.

 

3. Know how much you’ve to write

For general purposes, you should keep your bio short as people are here to know a brief about you not your life story. You can have a tagline, a short-length, long-length or a medium-length version.

The length can vary based on where you’re writing. For example, you can write a long length bio on your website but on your facebook page.

You should not use filler words. Keep it short and simple. Additionally, make sure to proofread, spellcheck and grammar-check your document. Professionalism does count. After you’re done get someone who’s good in language and grammar to review your bio.

 

Once you are perfectly aware of these 3 things, you have a rough idea of what you have to mention in your bio for your audience. It is the raw content that’ll help you in writing your Bio.

Now after that what is the format that your bio should be written in, what exactly should it look like, is mentioned right here:

 

1. Names of You or Your Band (& its Members)

Every bio of a band or an artist starts with the name(s). Make sure to clearly identify each band member, their name, and what instrument they play. If possible and interesting, mention the reason or means behind that name.

It may seem obvious, but this information can help sound techs, venue owners and even media people a lot.

 

2. Your Origins

Make sure to mention where your band is originally from, and where you are currently located.

Geography is more important than you might think. If there are venue owners looking at your bio and they want to book your band for the following weekend, they are going to be a bit surprised to find you half way across the country.

Letting people know about your origins and current location can help you broaden your fan base from those particular locations.

 

3. Genre & Influences

You’re not a celebrity yet, you need your music for gaining you that status. Music is your power. So tell people what your music is like. Tell people what your genre is, what are your influences, who do you sound like, etc..etc…

If they have this information, it’s going to make you easier to book and promote. Here they get to know if you are what they’re looking for and if it’s the case, you’ve got to make sure that they don’t go check out your competitors. So, again, keep it simple. Save the clever, funny, and obscure references for face-to-face conversations.

 

4. Quotes, Press Clippings & Facts

Take a break from what you wanna tell about yourself and specify what other think or have to say about you. Keep it simple. You don’t need to dazzle anyone with your eloquent writing skills or a long list of credentials and accomplishments.

Just copy and paste what others have said, posted or published about you. Don’t edit it, stick to the fact and don’t overboard with press clippings either. Two or three of quotes are just enough.

As for credentials, list three of the most important, or create another page on your website if you must list all of them. It’s great that you can show credibility, but some artists overdo it.

 

5. Story

Once they get interested in your music, they want to know more about YOU (this time) and your background. Emphasize story over facts.

Certainly it’s worth mentioning any high-profile bands you’ve toured with, but a story is going to engage better than facts (i.e. you could talk about how you got the break, how started off with music/in a band or what have you been up to till now). Be True. That’s it.

Find an interesting way to explain your musical history without necessarily spelling out each step from childhood until now. You don’t have to tell them how many awards you’ve earned in your school but do tell them what your first gig was like (if that was a success, which is probable mostly.)

 

6. Contact Information

What people look for when they finishing reading your bio? If they are in the industry and interested in you, they are looking for your contact information.

So don’t let them down! If they are already excited about you or your band and want to book you for an upcoming event, don’t let them wait anymore.

If you prolong this process, their excitement could wane and they might even forget about you completely. Give them every possible way of contacting you. It can be yours or your manager’s contact number, email id, social media addresses, etc.

 

7. Keep it Updated

Always keep your bio updated/current. The moment something important or worth mentioning happens in your career, you should update your bio with this new information. If you’ve gone from being in the studio to releasing your album, update your bio. If you’ve release the album and are now going on a National tour, add that to your bio, etc. Your bio should be continually updated as your career moves forward. It shows how much you care about and connected to your audience.

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