Do you have a love for music that has become your passion? Perhaps you listen to a wide variety of tracks each day? Do you watch countless live performances each month, and speak endlessly about what you’ve heard? With this much experience of music, you might consider yourself worldly enough to become a subject matter expert. You can offer criticism, praise, and critiques of performances. But do you ever sing or play music yourself? Do you think you can do it any better? Do you want to be a musician? Follow these 5 steps to see if you could make it in the world of music:
Get The Band Together
Songwriting rarely happens on paper with staves and notation. It happens in collaboration with the musicians you are with. So get jamming and see what comes out. Your smartphone can record video or sound to help remind you of what worked and what didn’t. Nobody goes on stage with sheets so remembering what you’re singing or playing is essential. Practice, practice, practice.
You don’t have to pay a lot for a good quality recording of your track. And no, you don’t need an entire album of great songs just yet. Start with one that you know is catchy and represents your band’s unique sound and style. Most cities have a range of recording studios. Some are very reasonably priced, even with a professional producer. Once you’ve got the track recorded, you might select a company like Nationwide Disc to produce multiple copies of your CD. You can then add artwork, sleeves, and some merchandise for your next big performance.
Not Just A Recording Artist
Singers, guitarists, keyboardists, and drummers are not just recording artists. If you’re a musician, you have to be a performer too. Start small. Background music at a function, convention, or even a wedding could be a great first gig. Get into the pubs, but don’t forget the club scene. You might not get a set there, but you can gauge what’s happening in music, and try some guerilla marketing for your own band too! Perform, perform, perform. It builds confidence, increases your experience, and gets your name heard.
You don’t have to be signed to promote your band. Few agents or producers would pick you up without seeing you drawing big crowds and selling a few CDs first anyway. Make sure your website is full of great content and photos. Talk about your upcoming gigs, talk about your writing, and even talk about your rehearsals. Add something new several times a week. Reach out with social media. Add your accounts to your leaflets and business cards too. Offer photo ops and meet-ups with your fans. They’ll share those experiences on social media too.
Get yourself into a great work routine, and don’t do anything too wild. PR is very important, especially in the beginning. Keep your relationships professional with your band mates. You’re all creative, and you’ll all have different ideas. Explore them all fairly. Most importantly, be consistent. Live up to the expectations you create. Make some music!