Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Punk Rock Poster

poster tutorial

 

Need a poster for a gig?

Never fear, a D.I.Y. poster tutorial is here! Having a captivating image can help people notice your show. You can share it online. Adding a visual element to social shares is proven to attract more attention than social media posts with no images. The old school method of printing off posters to hang in the bar or in a record store still works! Every gig you do should have some sort of poster. Here is how you can do it yourself!

Poster Tutorial

Here is a simple poster tutorial! In this video I show you how to make a quick and easy punk rock poster in Adobe Photoshop. I also used Adobe Illustrator to copy and paste in a feature image, but you could skip this step by just using File–Place in Photoshop. This is a simple technique that can be applied in various ways.

 

 

 

Below are the websites used and a step-by-step guide.

Websites used in Tutorial:

https://www.vecteezy.com/
http://www.dafont.com/
https://www.google.ca/

 

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Make a new file 8.5″ x 11″ (In Photoshop)
Step 2: Get Background Image (I search the keyword “Grunge”)
Step 3: Get Fonts (From http://www.dafont.com)
Step 4: Install Fonts (My computer– C: drive — windows — fonts. Drag new fonts into Font folder)
Step 5: Get Feature Image (From https://www.vecteezy.com/ or use a band photo, etc.)
Step 6: Paste or Place into Photoshop, change blending mode to Multiply
Step 7: Put in Info using the your fonts
Step 8: Center Image and Text (using align tool)
Step 9: Save!

 

Don’t Have Photoshop?

You could always go the old school approach. Drawing a poster with a marker, or literally cutting and pasting print letters and photos can give you a D.I.Y. punk look with no technical skills needed. All you need to do is bring your flyer to a local print centre and make black and white copies. See this blog post for some examples:
http://www.cvltnation.com/diy-dadaism-when-80s-punk-posters-and-flyers-ruled/

NXNE 2017: A PUNK ROCKER’S GUIDE

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NXNE
or North by Northeast is an annual music and arts festival held in each June in Toronto. Each year NXNE presents hundreds of bands from Canada and around the globe in over 50 of Toronto’s music venues. Many of us Torontians know NXNE for it’s 4am last calls. All week, Toronto bars are able to apply for a special festival liquor license that enables them to sever alcohol until 4am (Normally cut-off is 2am). Thus, NXNE is know as a major “party” week in the city.

This year the NXNE music festival runs from June 16 – 25th. In the past, NXNE has hosted international punk rock headliners such as Iggy and the Stooges, Social Distortion, and Bad Religion.

This year, their line-up for bigger shows lacks punk rock artists. If you are looking for a good punk/rock show I’d suggest checking out their Club Land: Curator Series.  Bands are selected by leaders in the industry such as Ian D’sa from Billy Talent and Dine Alone Record punkers’ The Dirty Nil. Grab your $20 Curator Series wristband at any of these shows or at NXNE.com / ticketscene.

My Picks Calendar for NXNE 2017

There are  numerous punk rock bands/shows playing the club nights with the 4am last calls. Below I picked one favourite NXNE show for each day:

 

Friday June 16th

NXNE Presents: Cadillacs & Cadavers, Ship Of Fools + MORE

To kick off the NXNE festivities, there’s a D.I.Y. punk show at Hard Luck Bar.
These are all independent bands. No record labels, no managers, d i y punk at it’s best.
My personal favourites Cadillacs and Cadavers will bring you an energetic punk show that you don’t want to miss!

https://www.facebook.com/events/114965365752267/

 

Saturday June 17th

NXNE! Slamboni/SweaterPants/WetBandits/MustardJunkies/Green Girl

You just don’t find bands like Slamboni anymore.
Combining ska, punk and reggae into an action-packed rock anthem format in a way that manages to be both fresh and nostalgic!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1514921175244602/

 

Sunday June 18th

Thrashards / Burdizzo / Toxic Deathula

4 am last call at Stop Drop and Roll with some killer punk bands

https://www.facebook.com/events/231481680683246/

 

Monday June 19th

Raina Douris curates the Bovine Sex Club, June 19th

Lineup:
Blunt Chunks
Pins & Needles
+ MORE

https://www.facebook.com/events/1297605547001580/

 

Tuesday June 20th

Free Punk show at Bovine

FREE PUNK SHOW! Need I say more? Everyone knows Tuesday is Free Punk show night
at the scene’s most long lasting punk/alt venue. You could literally go to the Bovine every night during NXNE and have a good time.

https://www.facebook.com/events/486011111738132/

 

Wednesday June 21th

The Dirty Nil curate The Garrison

More details at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/302057566911302/

 

Thursday June 22nd

NXNE Curator Series – Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent)

94.9 The Rock and Billy Talent’s Ian D’Sa bring you “What’s Brewing at NXNE”
sponsored by Budweiser and Porsche with The Lazys at the Horseshoe Tavern on June 22nd! My personal favourites The Anti-queens are one of
the openers and they are one of the best local punk rock bands going right now. Make sure to catch their set.

https://www.facebook.com/events/344449035972072/

 

Friday June 23rd

NeXT@NXNE

NeXT@NXNE presents a double show at The Horseshoe Tavern. My favourites Munizo are on at 9:00 https://www.facebook.com/events/148860428987161/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1909812345969441/

 

Saturday June 24th

NXNE at Cherry Colas//4am Last Call//Day 9//Saturday June 24

Featuring:
Gen Gorman
Melany Rez
The Less Unfortunates
The Sours
Killer virgins
more tba

https://www.facebook.com/events/1793952010934500/

 

Sunday June 25th

NXNE Music & Arts Conference in Toronto, Canada

Rock – Grandson
http://www.grandsonmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/410787605986408/

CMW 2017 Presents Lauren Spike live at the Bovine Sex Club April 18th

CMW – Canadian Music Week is back in 2017 with hundreds of bands including 54/40, Good Charlotte and Melissa Etheridge.

CMW Showcase April 18th
cmw showcase bovine sex club april 18

As Canada’s largest new music festival, CMW combines as a music, comedy, and film festival, along with hosting a conference as well as a trade and award show. This marks CMW’s 35th year! CMW takes over Toronto’s downtown live music venues putting on artist showcases and concerts of all sizes.

This year CMW brings punkabilly to the forefront with an artist showcase featuring Toronto’s punk favourite Lauren Spike. Lauren Spike will be preforming a 40 minute set with her band which will consist of new, unreleased songs. Emerging from the punk scene of Toronto, Ontario, Lauren Spike came out with her debut EP “Devil Skull” in June 2015. Stand out tracks include “Devil’s Girl” and “Bloodsucker” which both have remarkable D.I.Y. videos on Youtube. Embodying the D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) punk spirit, Lauren Spike has toured Canada, including a notable performance at Amnesia Rockfest 2016 – Canada’s largest music festival. The music of Lauren Spike appeals to punk, grunge, psychobilly and rock fans alike.

Show up to the Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen Street West – near Queen & Bathurst) at 10pm sharp on April 18th  to see this showcase.

Other bands on the bill include Montreal’s Paddle to the Sea, Kingston surf-rockers The Huaraches, and old-school punk band The Extroverts.

CMW presents Lauren Spike

Tickets available on the CMW website.

Other Links:
Facebook Event Here.
BlogTo Event Here.
NowToronto.

Amnesia Rockfest Brings Punkabilly Musician Lauren Spike with the Rocker Contest (concours rocker)

Rocker Contest (concours rocker) Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Rocker Contest (concours rocker) Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Back in March 2016, Amnesia Rockfest launched their 2016 Rocker Contest (concours rocker), an online voting contest to pick one band to play at their music festival.

Over 125 bands entered the Rocker Contest (concours rocker). The contest was simple; share the voting link and get your fans to vote for you once a day. The judges would then pick a winner from the top 10 most voted bands.

The voting contest lasted over 2.5 months. It was very exciting to see the top 10 bands shift throughout the Rocker Contest (concours rocker), though for the most part, it mostly stayed the same.

I am honoured to announce that they selected my band, Lauren Spike, from the top 10 to play. I was at #3 at the time of selection, so I guess I stuck out!

In reality, this isn’t just a win for me, it’s a win for punk, psychobilly and punkabilly music everywhere. For the musicians and fans, the music and scene we create IS important, and DOES have value. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for us yet. I’d also like to give a big shout out to everyone that voted for me in this contest. YOU made this happen!

Here are the show details for our set at Amnesia Rockfest 2016 in Montebello, QC, Canada:

Date: Thursday, June 23rd
Time slot: 5pm
Stage: Tony Sly 1

As much as online contests can be flawed. I would recommend this contest to any band. The fact that they pick a band from the top 10 really gives you a chance. “Real people” at the festival actually listen to your music and make a decision, so it’s not 100% automated. It takes about 20-30 people voting for you a day to get into the top 10. If you’re in a band with a strong fan base, you should not have a problem (<– please keep that in mind before posting negative comments about the contest. lol).

From a marketing perspective, the Rocker Contest (concours rocker) is great promotion for the festival. Driving hundreds of voters to their site daily and having bands share the festival website on all their social media channels. As someone who has taken university level marketing courses, I applaud Amnesia Rockfest for this unique approach.

I hope that the festival continues to combine marketing initiatives with opportunities to have new (independent) talent take the stage. As an independent musician, I know opportunities like these are few and far between, and you gotta take every opportunity you can.

Rocker Contest (concours rocker) Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Rocker Contest (concours rocker) Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Shock Stock, Canada’s Horror and Exploitation Weekend Celebration

Shock Stock was held at Centennial Hall last weekend (May 27th-29th, 2016) in London, Ontario, Canada.

http://shock-stock.com/

This was my first time attending the Horror Convention dubbed Canada’s Horror and Exploitation Weekend Celebration.

The Shock Stock horror convention had many great guests including horror movie actors, directors (ex. Lloyd Kaufman), visual artists and so much more. They even had an “escape room” put on by Sinister Laboratories.

Shock Stock incorporated a variety of film screenings such as SCRAWL,  KILLER RACK, short films, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, NIGHT OF THE CUNTS 2 : VIOLENCE OF THE CLAMS,  YETI: A LOVE STORY 2 : LIFE ON THE STREETS, Getting SchooledPeelersDICKSHARK, GLIMPSE AWESOME,  Secret Santa and Terror Toons 3.

Shock Stock also included a 69 Hour Film Challenge where international filmmakers, both amateur and professional, were faced with the task of producing a short film in less than 3 days using the surprise elements assigned at the launch of the competition.

While attending, I got the chance to met horror icons, shop for unique horror items and collectables, listen to panel speakers and met some all around cool people.  One of my favourite Shock Stock’s guests this year was Doyle Von Frankenstein, (Former? that is TBD was the Misfits set out on some reuion shows this summer) guitar player for horror punk legends the Misfits. Doyle also has his own band called Doyle and was selling merch, taking photographs and signing autographs.

Shock Stock with Doyle
Speaking of unique finds, check out this original (web) comic, Dissappointing Monsters created by Daniel Bradford and Owen Mackinder.
disappointing-monsters

One thing that really stood out for me at Shock Stock was the sense of community. It defiantly had more of a welcoming vide than comparable events in larger cities such as Toronto. People in the south-western Ontario horror community booked time off work, booked hotel rooms, attended after parties and pulled together to create a one-of-a-kind weekend not common to this area.

shock stock after party

Shock Stock Photo Reel


photos supplied by Louis Perzia