Being a musician can be a tough gig. However, you shouldn’t just sit around and wait for your music career to take off. You can’t just wait around and hope for the best, you need to step up and make sure it happens. If you want to be an artist, singer-songwriter; part of a band, a rapper; even a music producer and instrumentalist, then this article should be able to help you. However, you have to want it, to be able to succeed.
Even if your end goal is to sign up with a major music label, this article should still be able to help you. Just remember that the music industry is no longer dependent on music labels to have a successful career in music thanks to the internet. You have the freedom to do it yourself. It’s not easy though, and it will take a lot of hard work. Not only are you in charge of being creative with your music, it is your responsibility to make sure that you do everything you can to help yourself.
What Are Your Goals?
This probably sounds far too obvious, but have you actually narrowed down what your goal is? Sure, you might be thinking that your goal is to make it in the music industry, but what exactly does making it look like? If you’re new to this, then it would be best to start off with some short-term goals. For example, if you’ve never played in a show before, then maybe getting an opening slot in the next three months could be your first goal?
If your goal is to get a label though, then getting a name and doing the paperwork to start a business within the next six weeks sounds like a pretty good goal to have. It doesn’t matter if you’re further along to this, or completely brand new – whatever you need to do next requires a first step. So, you should make sure that you know what that step is, and what the steps after are. This will help you progress nicely along in your music career. It will also help you feel more productive and that you are actually getting somewhere.
Get Out There Online
The great thing about this world is that it’s a lot easier to do things from the comforts of your own home, thanks to the internet. Obviously, you can’t just stay at home and do music on a computer. However, it does mean that you have a slightly easier chance of getting your music out and about in the world. You will find that there are loads of sites out there (such as Cosound) that can help you discover the music industry, but also let others discover you.
You have to promote your music on these platforms and other social media websites. More people will hear your music style and you can get discovered easily. If you’re on a budget, you can promote music for free using different music platforms.
Some of these are SoundCloud and YouTube Music. These are music streaming websites that allow you to get your masterpiece out there for people to listen to. These websites also have algorithms to match you with other musicians using the same instruments as you do.
If you are tech savvy (or at least know how to use a computer), then make sure you also put yourself on social media. You need to pick a platform that you feel comfortable with using, and then make sure you stick to it. Don’t go anywhere else. You have to be somewhere consistently, as this will help you build up a community of fans. Don’t just pick a site because it’s fashionable though, make sure you pick a site that you are comfortable with, as this will benefit you more in the long run.
Get Out There in Person
This is the most obvious thing that you will have to do to help you with your music career, although getting online will help. You need to make sure that you get out and meet people who can help open some doors for you. Don’t be afraid to take a chance. There’s nothing wrong with hearing no, it just means that you are one step closer to hearing yes. The bottom line is though, that if you don’t ask, you won’t get anywhere.
Don’t worry if you think that you live in the middle of nowhere, you can still start small. Start by getting a booking at your local club, then you can hit up music reviewers at your local paper. You might be starting small, but it will soon turn big. This is something which most music people have had to do, so don’t worry you are not alone here. Start off by conquering your home court and you’ll soon move on to big things in your music career. If you don’t know where to begin though when it comes to taking small steps first for your career development, then you should make sure to write a plan for your career and life to help you with this.
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