Author Archives: Darren Gallop

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How to Manage a Record Release With Time and Money Restraints

Well, it’s time for my monthly music business blog and I just happen to be in the process of working on a record release for The Tom Fun Orchestra, under my label Company House Records. I thought I’d talk about … Continue reading


Should My Band Record to a Click Track?

This is a conversation/argument that I have had many of times as an engineer, producer, artist and manager. There is not really a right or wrong answer to this question, although there are people who sit on either side of … Continue reading


Peace and Love Festival 2012

  I had the privilege of speaking on a “Global Branding” panel at this years Trigger Creative Conference in Borlange, Sweden. This conference also coincides with the totally rad Peace and Love Festival. The lineup this year was amazing featuring … Continue reading



8 Road Safety Tips for Musicians on Tour

Forget stage diving. It’s safe to say that driving from gig to gig is one of the most dangerous things most artists are required to do throughout their career. Travelling at speeds in excess of 100Km/h in a sheet metal/fiberglass … Continue reading



ECMA 2012 “Let’s Get Digital!” Panel Summary

Last weekend at the East Coast Music Awards, I had the pleasure of moderating the “Lets Get Digital!” Panel with Jeff MacArthur (MGImedia Communications Inc., Halifax, NS); Brenden Mulligan (Onesheet, San Francisco, CA);  and Stephen O’Reilly (Mobile Roadie, London, England). The objective of this … Continue reading


Fan Funding Your Recording Project, Marketing Campaign or Tour Support

Fan Funded pre-sale campaigns are one of the best ways for artists to raise money to record and promote their music. In this article we share what we’ve learned about fan funding through running fundraising campaigns for our own bands … Continue reading


The Secret to Successful Live Shows For Your Band

This article originally appeared as a March 21, 2012 guest blog on Reverbnation.com titled “Get Venues to Ask You Back: 8 Tips You Can Use For Your Next Show“. Marcato Musician CEO Darren Gallop offers eight simple tips for building … Continue reading


Pitching Festival Submissions: How to Get Booked at Music Festivals (Part Two)

In Part Two of the ‘How to Get Booked at Music Festivals’ blog series, Marcato Musician & Marcato Festival CEO and artist manager Darren Gallop talks about planning, preparing, pitching and following up on your Festival submissions: OK, so lets say that … Continue reading


Creative Ways to Raise Money for your Recording Project

Few musicians have the luxury of independent wealth or the backing of a record label with enough cash to cover the cost of recording. Most musicians have to work really hard to raise cash in order to head into the … Continue reading


How To Get Booked at Music Festivals (Part One)

In Part One of this blog series, Marcato Musician & Marcato Festival CEO and artist manager Darren Gallop talks about how to get booked at music festivals and gain exposure in front of their large crowds of music lovers: Landing … Continue reading


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