When you’re starting in music and trying to get an act started and career on the move there are mistakes that everyone makes and eventually learns to avoid. These mistakes can happen at whatever stage you are in the process of your music, from learning to play your songs live to getting views on your social media and press.
One of the main mistakes that everyone makes is rushing through your projects. Even when learning a song or an instrument, it is important to be patient and slow down your learning process; break it into sections and steps. For example, if you are learning a song, learn a first part, maybe the intro, then move on to the verse and then to the chorus but only when you have mastered the part before that. Patience is important during the mixing and mastering part of music as well as in the promoting you need to make for your band. Do not rush into your social media and press. Also, make sure you have an up-to-date website and that everything is clear and concise. A good tactic that could turn out really useful is having a checklist when you are updating your website and social media profiles. For example, have a list that reminds you that you need to use hashtags, post links and that you need to give an update about your band. This kind of approach to things along with patience and getting things done by steps rather than all at once can really help growing in music.
Something that musicians easily fall into is leaving concert promotions to the last moment. Your social media is something that needs to be thought about early in the process, if you have a gig it is necessary that your local press is advised and that your profiles and websites are up to date and have clear directions and indications on how to be at the event.
When building promotion and using your social media, try to leave your ego aside as much as possible. Don’t let people constantly know about your political and social views,however, beware to not fall into using your social media just for promotions and posting about yourself, your gigs, your press. What you could do instead is work together with the musicians in your scene, let your fans know what you listen to and what gigs you go to. Competition and jealousy is something to avoid in the music scene, you need to consider that anyone in the scene could potentially help you or you could help him.
One of the tools that is left out the most is writing thank you notes to the people who gave you the gig or the interview; not many people thank promoters and venue owners. It is not a written rule but if you thank someone he is certainly most likely to remember you in further occasions where maybe your set up is needed. In doing this, don’t forget to consider all fans, meaning that you don’t have to always impress certain people.
All these mistakes have been made by any musician either one at the time or even all at once, it’s never too late to start using this approach in your music career and plan out things one by one giving the right attention to each one of them.