Craigslist is probably the most respected classified ad site out there for the moment. Many people just use it to find jobs, find soul mates, sell stuff or find a puppy. But Craigslist is so much more then just the ads themselves, it’s all about connecting people and finding opportunites. Or at least that’s how it can be used. Here’s a little story for ya. Dashiell Driscoll is the artist behind Audiobytes for Autobots. For those of you who don’t know him, do check him out because sooner or later he’s probably going to be part of the big leagues. He mostly edits mix tapes with songs for different hip hip and RnB artists and came out with his first album ‘Prime Cuts’ that you can download here (torrent). This is his craigslist story in his own words:
“You really can get anything on craigslist- even an opening slot for a sold out Friday night show on the Sunset Strip. I saw an ad that requested opening acts for some vague event, sent a link and a demo their way and was flabbergasted (only appropriate word) when I got a prompt response asking if I was available to open for Dead Prez. I never thought that browsing craigslist looking for any available gigs would land my 20 year old self on stage at the Key Club in front of a sold out show opening up for one of my favorite duos. It truly is a brave new world“.
And no, this wasn’t only a one time thing:
“For further proof that craigslist is the greatest thing ever, I’ve secured my second major show by responding to an ad 2 weeks from today, I’ll be opening up for Rza (of the Wu-Tang Clan) at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California. After I got the Dead Prez gig from a Sean Healy craigslist post, I made sure to constantly check for any new ones they might make. I did not hesitate to send a prompt response when I saw that they were looking for Rza openers and was delighted to find out that the 9 pm time slot was still available. This is an amazing opportunity to open for a real musical legend and I owe it all to Craig Newmark“.
I browse through Craigslit on a daily basis and have also encountered numerous opportunities. Ok, I’m not opening for a major international artist yet but still, opportunity is good, it drives the passion, and Craigslist offers a lots of it. Use it to promote your shows and post your gigs. Post ads to find a street team, an opening band, a PA system. Or just use it to drive traffic to your website. Anything you need you should post, just to spread to word.
Mruff to that YO!
(and kudos to Audiobots)