Dan Renfro is a musician and songwriter who’s been gigging around L.A. for about two years. His music is folk-blues style, and a track or two on his MySpace page shows off his saxophone skills as well. I spoke with him after a recent set at The Joint. When asked how he’d improve the indie music scene, he mentioned a distaste for a practice known as “pay-to-play,” which is a common complaint I’ve heard from other bands and musicians in L.A. Pay-to-play requires bands to pay a set amount up front in order to play at a given club. A percentage of proceeds from door charges then goes toward allowing the band to recover its money and maybe even make a few bucks profit if enough people show. Formerly from Kansas City, Renfro said bands there rarely have to pay in advance to perform at a club.
While I regrettably wasn’t able to capture any footage of Renfro on stage, he gives another unique answer to how he’d improve the scene in the video below:
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