5 Questions with Good Doogs
We were lucky enough to be able to get the opportunity to ask 5 questions to WA band, Good Doogs.
Good Doogs are a band out of Mandura, a town roughly 70kms south of Perth, Western Australia. Prysim has a mission to shine the light on regional Australia, and how we can help bands break new regions/cities and bring the cities back out to the regions. With this conversation we ask Good Doogs about what it is like being a regional band and breaking into the national Aus Music Scene.
Lets kick into it.
You guys are from Mandurah, Western Australia, south of Perth. How would you describe the music scene there and the availability of venues?
Yep from sunny old Mandurah! We don’t actually have a live music venue, everyone has to travel to Perth to go to any gigs. Any musicians we have kind of developed move up to the city and musicians the town has kept suffer as a result.
As a band from outside the walls of a city what would you say the biggest pro of being regional was as a band starting up?
The biggest pro I don’t know that there is a lot of pros. Oh actually, being from a regional town the whole town kind of gets behind the band when everything starts to pick up for the band. You kind of become “the Mandurah band” and the whole town starts following your story and wanting to see you do well. Thats an advantage being one of a handful of bands in town versus being one of hundreds of bands in the city.
For the last 12 months you were self managed and self booked.
As a self managed and booking band, when it came time to start breaking new markets or regions what was the hardest part?
The hardest part was getting credibility in the Perth scene. Even after selling out our first headline show in the city, promoters were still offering us the opening slots at shows for small Perth bands like they didn’t respect what we were doing. It took a lot of consistently big shows until we started getting offered the good shows and good support slots.
The music industry is built on relationships and connections, what would be the best advice you could give a starting out regional band on how to drive the connections and relationships for growth?
Never be too cool to promote your own band. I know a lot of people in the industry don’t like to be seen as a try hard but in reality – no one else is going to do the work for you. You gotta do the promoting, and reach out to as many people as possible, especially being from regional Australia you’ve gotta push harder.
Was there a defining moment that brought you to get a booking agent and manager or was it natural evolution and how has it helped the creativity and focus of the band?
When we got into the rotation on Triple j we attracted a bit of interest. Monty our booker actually flew to Adelaide to watch us and he had a silver tongue and got us onto his booking agency haha. It’s been sick having him on board, he has a lot of industry experience from his band and it took a lot of the workload off me booking the shows because he had already established all his working relationships with all the venues. It gave me the time to focus on heaps of other shit for the band.
Is there anything you want to plug or final advice you would provide up and coming regional acts?
Ummm we are going out on our last national tour this coming November – all details on www.gooddoogs.com
Regional acts, you gotta work harder but never forget where you come from. We will always be the Mandurah band, even if we all move away – we are Mandurah boys at heart. It’s your local town that is always gonna stick behind you so make sure you always promote yourself as your towns band.
Thanks for your time and we wish you all the best on your national tour.
Tickets and details for Good Doogs national tour can be found at their website. Make sure you get out there and check these fellas out!
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