St Neots author helps bands get tuned in to success

Emma Scott signing copies of her book.

Emma Scott signing copies of her book. - Credit: Archant

She cut her teeth as a Hunts Post columnist in the mid-90s, before making her name interviewing major players in the music industry.

Emma Scott, 42, of Montagu Square, Eynesbury, has now released a ‘how-to’ book to help up and coming bands get signed, get fans … and not get dropped from their label.

If It Was My Band… is aimed at helping musicians make money from their craft, and avoid draining their bank accounts in the process.

Chapters include Starting Out, Getting Gigs, Building a Buzz, How to Manage the Band and Making Music a Full Time Job.

Alongside quirky illustrations by Sydonia Aitken-Ballard, there is a handy glossary of industry terms and contacts, as well as a ‘checklist for success’ which musicians can go through and tick boxes as they achieve each new step. Written through the eyes of a band member, each point in the book comes from a real-life situation that Ms Scott has experienced.

She said: “Throughout my time as a radio and TV presenter, gig promoter, radio plugger and record label A&R, I have come into contact with thousands of bands. Big and small, signed and unsigned, professional and clueless, polite and rude – and it was my experience with all these that inspired me to show the more challenging ones where they’ve gone wrong in the past.”

It is her second book, following Break Your Band - A Guide To Getting Radio Airplay, in which she gave advice to help musicians grab the attention of DJs.

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During her 25-year career in radio, she has worked at stations such as Kerrang!, Galaxy, and Metro FM, and interviewed artists including The Foo Fighters, Bloc Party, and My Chemical Romance. She has also enjoyed stints as a TV presenter, gig promoter, and A&R manager at an independent record label.

She added: “By reading this book, musicians will get to learn from other people’s mistakes and pick up hundreds of tips along the way – I’m really proud of it.”

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