Five Tips To Get Your Music Career Off The Ground In 2016
We’ve taken a look at five ways you can try to make yourself stand out from the rest of the pack, but the one thing you’ll need above everything else is passion.
You’re likely going to have more than a couple of setbacks along the way, and it’s how you react that matters!
Its an obvious one, but practice, practice, and practice some more. And this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to lock yourself away and become a virtuoso, rather that you need to become totally comfortable with your instrument (or voice).
If you’re going to be doing this as a career, you’re going to need to be comfortable playing to a consistently high level on stage in a high pressure environment.
Instead of burdening yourself with heaps of new techniques, focus on making sure you can do the basics so well that you can do them without even thinking.
If your mate’s garage isn’t cutting it, you can always hire your own rehearsal space with companies such as LSH Spaces in London.
While you’d probably rather be out there gigging or recording, it goes without saying that having a strong online presence is a must in the music industry nowadays.
There’s a whole host of different sites you can use to get yourself out there, but be careful of spreading yourself too thin.
We would recommend keeping to no more than two platforms, preferably a social media site such as Facebook or Twitter, and a sharing site such as SoundCloud or YouTube.
This will prevent you from losing focus and will mean that you’ll be able to dedicate much more time and effort to your online efforts.
Consistently engaging with people through a couple of sites is much more effective than being across ten social media platforms which you never update!
And it’s not just about connecting with your listeners, you can use the web to make some important industry contacts, you’d be surprised where a speculative Tweet can get you!
Get Yourself Out There!
It’s all well and good building up a great online following, but you can’t just sit around and wait for the opportunities to come to you!
As the old saying goes “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” and this doesn’t ring truer than in the music business.
Get making calls to all your local music venues, send out any songs or albums you have to reviewers, and don’t be afraid of getting a couple of knockbacks.
And remember to make small steps, start by trying to establish yourself in your local area before taking on the world.
Set Achievable Goals
As with anything, you need to have at least some form of clearly defined goals. Just saying that you want to make it in the music industry isn’t enough, and you need some idea of the steps you need to take.
Whether it’s organizing your first gig, or getting signed to a label, make a plan and set yourself a target date of achieving these goals by.
Setting smaller goals and achieving them regularly feels a lot better than setting yourself one big target which you may struggle to ever make!
These tips are just a starting point, but once you get yourself started, you’ll find the motivation to get bigger and better will come naturally and you’ll be well on your way to turning that passion into some hard earned capital!
Work With A Booking Agency
If you’re serious about ‘making it’ as an artist, you’ll need a booking agent…fact! Whether you’re an original act looking to get yourself on bigger tours or simply a wedding band looking to up your bookings and play more do’s; you won’t get too far without a professional to represent you.
As an original act, the competition is tougher as there’s less ‘work’ to go round but as a covers band or function act, consider taking a look at what the likes of www.bandhire.uk have to say about your performances…such an agency are always on the lookout for new acts and, so long as your good, may well be keen to help you out!