CHRIS MILLS VIRTUAL STREET TEAM
Hi, and welcome to the Chris Mills Virtual Street Team. This page is designed to help you spread the word about your love, like, and/or financial interest in the music and live shows of yours truly, Chris Mills, and my band Chris Mills and the Distant Stars.
HOW CAN I HELP?
First, by just being yourself! You’re young. You’re smart. You’re good looking. People like you and want to know what you’re interested in. Luckily, if you’re here, then you’re at least mildly interested in me and what I’m doing. SO TELL PEOPLE!!
Post links to the Chris Mills YouTube Channel, re-tweet crap I say on twitter, ‘LIKE’ the Chris Mills fan page and then share it on your wall, make a music video like this one, except to a Chris Mills song.
AM I COMING TO YOUR TOWN? THEN COME AND SEE ME, AND BRING FRIENDS!! IF I’M NOT, LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE THAT!
If I’m not coming to where you are, come to where I am, or help me figure out how to get to your town. One of us can be Mohammed and the other one can be the mountain. You pick!!
Host a house show. Hook me up with your local dive bar. Arrange some sort of thing where we skype each other and I play a set for you and your friends. All things are possible. Just send me an email and let’s see if we can work something out.
If I am coming to your town you’ll need your:
THE CHRIS MILLS PROMO KIT
Here’s a list of things you can do to help get the word out:
1) FLYERS AND POSTERS
Feel free to print out PDF ( mills_alexandria_poster ) of my tour poster and hang it around and/or give it to your friends. Resize it! Revise it! Make it a sticker! It’s for you! Get arty!
2) SOCIAL MEDIA
Did I make a Facebook invite for the show I’m playing in your town? If so, join it! Then spread it around to all your buddies. Better yet, make your own Facebook invite for one of my shows and spread that around. People are definitely more interested in getting invited to things by people they know, rather than by aging bearded hipsters they read about in an indie music magazine 10 years ago (remember indie music magazines? Sigh..).
Which brings us to….
3) THE PERSONAL APPEAL
The most effective way to get your friends out to a show is through a direct personal appeal. I’ve typed up a sample email you can use (please circle the terms most appropriate for your demographic):
“Dear mom/ friend/ tall drink of water/cellmate,
Long time no see! I hope you’re doing well/ recovering nicely/ over yourself/ have that money you owe me.
I have exciting news! One of my favorite musicians, Chris Mills, is coming to town on (insert date) and he’s playing at that place you love/ keep getting thrown out of/ dress ‘too old’ for, (insert venue name).
I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about Chris Mills and how much I like his music. But if you need a clearer picture I’d say his stuff is a cross between Bob Dylan/Elvis Costello/Harry Nilson and sniffing airplane glue/ a good long nap/ Macklemore.
If you need an even clearer picture, you can stream his new record ALEXANDRIA right here: https://soundcloud.com/chrismillsmusic/sets/chris-mills-and-the-distant/s-HbBGL
Honestly, I think he’s one of the most heartfelt/ relevant/ twerk-able artists on my iPhone/ turntable/ couch right now.
So, if you’re free, it would be great to see you there. I’ll even buy you a drink/ CD/ stick of deodorant.
Sincerely, (your name here)
It’s just that easy!
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO?
4) WRITE A REVIEW
Love it or loathe it, in the age of the Internet everyone is a critic – so why not you? No journalism training necessary! All of my albums are available on Amazon, iTunes and myriad other sites where any average Joe can make his voice heard by writing a completely un-vetted review. Even if you love my stuff, but hate an awesome band like The Beatles or something, there is no way for anyone to know what a psychopath you are.
But seriously folks, reviews by thoughtful fans that have taken the time to actually listen to, and engage with the music can actually be a great help. So, spread the love! Write a review!
5) HELP SELL MERCH!
Welcome to the world of low volume retail! Whenever I play a show it’s always nice to have a comrade willing to sit behind the merchandise counter and help sell my dry goods and tchochkees.
The only requirements are that you are able to arrive before show time in order to get set up, and that you are willing to hang out a bit afterward to settle accounts and allow the band and I a little time to cool down after we get off stage before we starting hawking our wares personally.
Participating folks will get to see the show for free (with a guest!) and will receive a free download of Quiet Corners/Wild Places: The Alexandria Demos for even more behind the scenes action.
If this sounds like your bag, and I’m coming to your town just drop me a line and we’ll work it out. No criminals please!
6) CALL/EMAIL YOUR RADIO STATION!
Here’s a list of amazing radio stations that are playing track off the new LP. Don’t make a nussiance of yourself, but by all means let them know that the more they support what you like the more you’ll like to support them.
TCC STUDENT RADIO
I’m sure there are a million other ways that you can help, but if you’re looking at this page you’ve probably already bought and/or heard one of my records and even that is super-awesome, in and of itself.