We keep getting emails flooding in asking
“Any insights you have and wish to share with me regarding the music industry and that which is related to it are most welcome and appreciated.”
In response I have listed some ideas and worth while steps of action that we have implemented on our own musical journey.
LEARN FROM YOUR FAVORITES
Listen to your favorite artists and try to understand what makes that artist awesome. Why is that song they wrote so good what was it in the lyrics that speak to you. Then try to implement your findings into your own songs. Write, write, write, then critique, critique, critique your music through recording your self use your I-Phone or a friends computer camera or go buy one for your own computer. Really, at that point any thing will do. Just be sure to listen back to yourself and then share it with your trusted friends. Get feedback. This is a rough industry and through this process you will either learn how to grow thick skin or your not going to make it out there.
SHOWS, SHOWS, AND MORE SHOWS
Play as many shows as possible in your local area. If your like us and are from or living in the Midwest hit up areas like Chicago, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan Wisconsin Personally, knock on doors by sending emails and calling venues. I will be honest it is hard to break through the gatekeepers at these establishments. Most of the time they will see your email and just delete it. Try not to get discouraged though it is frustrating keep at it. Call, or send snail mail do what ever it takes to build a relationship with the head honchos of these venues. Your efforts will be worth it. Be persistant.
GET YOUR SELF A LIBRARY CARD
Go get yourself a library card. Get educated spend lots of your spare time learning about your craft and the industry through the most up to date new books you can get your grubby little hands on. The Music Industry is INSANE your going to have to get used to that idea. The more you network and learn the more that will make a lot of sense. However in the mean time a great book for Independent artists that I own and love is called The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual for the Do-It-Yourself Musician [Paperback]
THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE NEEDLE
I have decided to only give you three starter tips in this blog due to the fact that if you actually follow through on those first tips your doing pretty well. I do not want to overwhelm you right away. There will be more useful tools for you to come. In the mean time put on your combat boots, pull yourself up when you fall, and fail forward.
Breath Beauty. Love Extravagantly. Shine On.