The Sinking Teeth’s Savvy Seven


The Sinking Teeth began in a flat above a particularly shady pawn shop in Brunswick, Victoria. There were holes in the walls, the roof leaked badly and the owner of the pawn shop said he would shoot them if they practiced there. The place was a dive, but it was perfect for writing grubby tunes. Now based in Carlton, the punk outfit have cut their teeth playing all over Melbourne and have supported the likes of Calling All Cars, Shihad and Bodyjar. These are Nick Manuell’s savvy seven tips for how to stay afloat in the music industry.

1. The best live music venues in my area are…

The Old Bar – Fitzroy
The old bar is a really great local venue just down the street from our house. We love it because they play a really diverse range of genres and it has a really warm and welcoming vibe to it. It’s great for young bands starting out too because there are lots of walk ins because it’s in such a busy area. Long live The Old Bar.

The Workers Club – Fitzroy
Also really close to our house and in a highly populated area. The Workers Club is a bit more up market with a separate band room with a great stage and PA system.

2. The music scene in Melbourne is…

Enormous! There are literally thousands of bands in Melbourne and the caliber of music is really high because of this. It is great for punters but it can make it harder for young bands to stand out from the crowd. Everyone’s brother’s girlfriend’s uncle’s dog is in a band and chances are if you invite your mate to your show they have already been to three that week. It’s a great place to meet like-minded people and have a rad time.

3. My top tip for artists who self-manage is…

Think up ideas of ways to market your band that are less common if not totally different to other bands. Do weird shit to get attention and step on people’s toes while doing it. Even if you piss them off at least they will remember you. Just don’t piss off the wrong people.

4. In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…

Global Warming.

5. When on the road, my favourite pit stops are…

The Star Hotel in Gundagai NSW
Central Brunswick Bakery in Fortitude Valley QLD
Machine Laundry Cafe in Salamanca TAS

6. My biggest career mistake has been…

Fucking around for years before playing interstate. Comparing my work to other people. Not spending enough time writing. Not listening enough.

7. My best advice for emerging artists is…

Write all the time. Put music before everything else.

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