We get about a thousand messages/emails a day from bands looking for shows or needing help booking in some way. It's almost impossible to respond to all of them, even any, but here's my new advice: Respond to all of them. Be nice when you can't help them and just say "sorry, hopefully next time."
You never know who's going to be great someday, and then you end up with messages that you never responded to like this one:
From: Surfer Blood
Subject: September Dates
7/22/2009 5:14 PM
Hey guys dig the jams!
We are working on a September tour up north and was wondering if you would like to join us! Were looking to play September 19th or 20th at either Firebird, Off Broadway, The Koken Art Factory, Lemmon's, Fubar, or The Wedge. We've had most venues respond back, but were still working on the bill to conifrm. Other bands of interest for that night are: The Hibernauts, Bunnygrunt, Target Market, Say Panther, ect. What do you think? Thanks.
PS. I saw that you guys are play Piano's in NY a week before us. Tite!
Blew it. Sorry for not responding, guys.