Yellowcard’s Ryan Key – HuffPost 9.26.14

Mike Ragogna: What advice do you have for new artists?

Ryan Key: While social media is more important than ever, I still offer the same two pieces of advice. One, play as many shows as possible no matter where they are or how many people show up. Your live performance is the foundation for everything you will do moving forward. It is also the best way to connect with fans on a personal level. Sorry but a high five on the barricade is still better than a personalized tweet to me. Two, the bigger your safety net is, the more likely you are to use it. This is an incredibly challenging journey. The temptation to give up is always around you. So in my opinion you have to make your music the only option.

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