If you’re an emerging indie musician, band or artist it can be a struggle knowing where to start to start on the music scene if you’re not familiar with it. Below are some tips on how to survive and maintain success with your music.
(1) Your Plan – It’s important for any band, musician or artist to have a plan in place in regards to your music career. If you’re a solo artist you can create this yourself, bands need to involve each member so everyone knows what their end goal is.
(2) Write it Down – Keep any thoughts and ideas for future material and shows noted down in the same place. There’s nothing worse that coming up with a great idea then forgetting what it was the next day. Keep your ideas on paper so you can relate back and expand on them.
(3) Who Are You? – Knowing who you are as an artist or band is important. Figure out where you’re going, or want to go, and make your goals clear when talking to others. People won’t want to invest time, and potential money, in you if you’re unclear of where you want your music to take you.
(4) Risks – Risks can be good things to take if you’re confident in your music and believe the risk you’re taking is the right move. Don’t jump the gun and take a big risk that could potentially end badly, take a step back and see other possibilities you could take.
(5) Pride & Presentation – Always take pride in your music, whether it is regarding advertising or merchandise opt for the better option even if it is more expensive. Fans are a key part to your exposure and music sales, they won’t be happy if they pay good money for your new CD that arrives in a plastic CD sleeve with a blurry image on the front. Don’t look for a cheap option when present anything to do with your music, it’ll look messy and unprofessional.
(6) Use Resources from Others – All bands and artists have pretty much started in the same place so look at other bands as examples. For example you are likely to need a website with all your music and show dates in once place, but how do you set up a website? Don’t hire a website designer straight away, look into how other bands/artists set up theirs and the necessities you should have on yours.
(7) Don’t Over Buy – When ordering your merchandise or flyers, don’t pay ‘X’ amount more because you get more for your money. You need to know you’re going to distribute what you’ve purchased. You don’t want to be out of pocket and stuck with a load of t-shirts you haven’t sold.
(8) Do Some Research – If you’re planning your next album or first tour get an insight to what has and hasn’t worked for similar bands/artists. Getting some information from musicians similar to you can help you avoid possible problems later on down the road. There’s no point investing time, and money, in something if it fell through for others. You may want to seek a professional opinion from someone within the music industry when looking at a potential project.
(9) See What Works Best for You – Ever band, musician and artist is different, with a different audience to interact with. Find out what your fans engage with and what social media platforms work best for your music. Social media is great for musicians to interact and up date their fans but find the way that’s best for you. Fans on different social media platforms are likely to engage and react in different ways and to different things, make sure you find the most beneficial way.
(10) Plan Ahead – No one expects you to predict the future, but have a backup plan in place in case your original plan is no longer eligible. Keep track of things that didn’t work as well as you thought they once would and refer back to them so you know not to do it again. Look at other possibilities when planning things, they may be more efficient.
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