I’m Justin Tessier.
For the past 5 years, I’ve been the drummer for a band called The Blue Stones.
We’ve had our music featured on several primetime TV shows, including Monday Night Football, Suits, Parks & Rec, Unnecessary Roughness, Battle Creek, and others.
We’ve been featured on Bandcamp’s “best-selling” page multiple times.
We’ve had fans from all over the world contribute to a successful crowdfunding campaign.
We have over 1,000,000 listens of original material across several platforms.
We’ve written and recorded music with a nationally-acclaimed producer.
We have a few albums and tours under our belts.
I don’t say any of this to brag. If I wanted to, I could list all of the things we don’t have, and the list wouldn’t be very small.
I say this because I believe that if you’re taking advice from someone, they should have walked the walk before they talk the talk.
But let’s rewind a little bit.
When we started out, we didn’t have a clue what we were doing.
For weeks, we laboured about how to even book a show. We stumbled through songwriting sessions. We made a MySpace page.
80% of the audience at our first show consisted of close friends of ours.
But the few other people that were just there for a drink or two told us they liked what they heard.
We shot some pictures around town. We made a Facebook page. We kept booking shows.
This seems like stuff that every other band does — maybe even you.
Why did we get to where we are then, while others struggle to get 30 people in a room to see them?
There are a few answers to that question.
Indie Acclaim exists to answer all of those questions.
To provide insight into this wretched, but beautiful creature we call “the music industry”.
Indie Acclaim is meant to be a community. A place where we all bounce ideas off each other to figure out what sticks, and what slides.
As musicians, we aren’t against each other. When we raise each other up, we all win.