"While a lot of working musicians might hoard their wisdom in hopes of getting ahead of the next band, Martin has published Tour: Smart and Break the Band, a book that will no doubt be considered the definitive treatise on touring for years to come… Tour:Smart is filled with anecdotal advice from top people in the industry, but also contains in-depth insights on Excel spreadsheets, scheduling templates, and other necessities that are all to often ignored by young bands when they are starting out. Even the most boring bits of minutiae are laid out in a very no-bullshit, easy to assimilate manner, more often than not with a first-person anecdote as to why the advice is relevant… Tour:Smart is essential for any band that wants to avoid being eaten alive in today's cutthroat music industry."
"This telephone book-sized tome should be resting on a seat in every tour bus, van, and rehearsal space around the world. Drummer, label owner, educator and all around wise ass Atkins (PiL, Killing Joke, Pigface, Invisible Records) teaches the things you need to know to take your act on the road. From logistics (get a Rand McNally Dist-O-Map) to getting paid, it's a guide through the sex, drugs, and hydraulic brakes of rock 'n' roll. Atkins spares no punches, has loads of stories, and has seemingly screwed up in every way possible-so you don't have to. Loaded with experiences and advice of club owners, tour managers, label execs, and musicians, it's is a valuable reference as well as being funny as hell. If you're in a band, buy it. If you know somebody in a band, buy it for them (because they're most likely broke!)."
- Big Takeover
Martin is out on the road again! Conducting free Tour:Smart band seminars every day on this trip. ***Print out this e-mail and take it with you to one of the seminars to get $5 off your copy of Tour:Smart!***
Tuesday, December 4th @ Webster University (St. Louis, MO)
5:30pm - 8:30pm - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at the Webster University Art Gallery (470 E. Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves, MO) - Open to the public.
Tuesday, December 4th @ Upstairs Lounge (St. Louis, MO)
10:30pm - 11:30pm - Martin Atkins DJ set at the Upstairs Lounge (3131 S. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO)
Thursday, December 6th @ Club Five (Washington, DC)
7:30pm - 10:30pm - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at Arcadia Thursdays at Club Five (1214B 18th St. NW Washington DC) - Seminar will be followed by a Martin Atkins DJ set.
Friday, December 7th @ Tremont Music Hall (Charlotte, NC)
7:00pm - 10:00pm - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at Tremont Music Hall (400 W. Tremont Ave. Charlotte, NC) - www.tremontmusichall.com - This is MANDATORY for all local and regional bands that want to play Tremont!!
Saturday, December 8th @ The Camel (Richmond, VA)
5:00pm - 11:00pm - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at The Camel (1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA) - Doors at 4pm, Seminar begins at 5pm. Live music at 9pm with Martin Atkins DJ sets throughout the night.
Sunday, December 9th @ Malaprops Bookstore (Asheville, NC)
3:00pm - Q&A and book signing at the excellent Malaprops Bookstore (55 Haywood St. Asheville, NC)
Sunday, December 9th @ Bobo Gallery (Asheville, NC)
5:30pm - 10:00pm - Get Up! Productions presetns - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at Bobo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave. Asheville, NC) - Martin Atkins DJ set to follow the seminar.
Monday, December 10th @ Lit Lounge (New York City, NY)
5:00pm - 8:00pm - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003) - www.litloungenyc.com
Tuesday, December 11th @ Haven (Northampton, MA)
7:30pm - 10:30pm - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at Haven (492 Pleasant St. Northampton, MA) - After the seminar Martin will be providing some DJ sets at Haven.
Wednesday, December 12th @ Water Street Music Hall (Rochester, NY)
6:00pm - 9:00pm - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St. Rochester, NY) - www.waterstreetmusic.com
Thursday, December 13th @ The Symposium (Cleveland, OH)
7:00pm - 10:00pm - Free Tour:Smart Seminar at The Symposium Nite Club (11794 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, OH)
Friday, December 14th @ LeLand Hotel Ballroom (Detroit, MI)
6:00pm - 8:30pm - Full Effect Records presents a Free Tour:Smart Seminar at the LeLand Hotel Ballroom (400 Begely @ Cass. Detroit, MI) - Martin will also be DJ'ing at an after party even downstairs at Labyrinth starting at 9:00pm. The seminar is free, the after party is 18+ with a $7 cover charge.
Visit the Tour:Smart web site for a complete calendar to stay up to date on the events coming up.