AS AN INDIE ARTIST, HERE ARE SOME ADVICE ON TRANSCENDING.
Being an independent artist without the proper backings can be extremely difficult, but in recent years, it has become increasingly easier to rise through the ranks without the help of a record label. Getting a deal with a label will almost certainly relieve you of the burden of running a business and allow you to concentrate on your creative efforts. It will also provide you with additional resources, expertise, and existing connections.
Before you sign that contract, here are some pointers on how to gradually advance your way up the ladder of success in the music industry.
- MUSIC OF EXCELLENT QUALITY
Maintain a consistent level of effort to improve your craft and advance your artistic career. You must continue to work on improving the overall sound and musical quality of your production. Continue to put in the effort and learn new things. You wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time and energy promoting a song that isn’t worth your time and effort.
- ESTABLISHING YOUR BRAND IS THE SECOND STEP
Construct and clearly establish your brand identity. It makes you stand out, and it also encourages those who identify with you to become invested in your success and follow your every move. Take the time to figure out what works best for your music and brand…be authentic in your approach and remain committed to it.
- AMAZONIZE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Make extensive research and make every effort to keep up to date on the most important aspects of the music industry that you need to know. Understanding certain concepts such as music distribution, effective music marketing, copywriting, and licensing, among others, prepares you to know what to do when the situation calls for it. You will definitely need to keep up to date on a regular basis because things are constantly changing. Don’t let yourself be left in the dark.
- BUILD A STRONG TEAM OF PERSONS
Identify and reach out to people who have a strong belief in you, are on the same path as you, and are willing to grow alongside you. Surround yourself with people who are both talented and highly motivated, and who can contribute resources to the table. Photographers, entertainment lawyers, managers, publicists, and other professionals are some of the people you’ll need on your team.
- MAINTAIN CONSISTENCY
Develop a work ethic that is consistent. You must be serious about your craft in order for others to be serious about theirs. It is essential that you consistently create and distribute new content. Maintain the business mindset throughout your music career in order to make a sustainable living from it.
- EXISTENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Maintain a regular presence on the internet. Try to engage in other conversations about topics that interest you rather than just spamming people with your songs. Make every effort to engage other people and gradually build a network of online friends who will be delighted to reciprocate and support you when you publish your own content.
- FORM NETWORKS WITH OTHER PEOPLE
Even if you have a fantastic online presence, you still need to go out and meet people in person to be successful. You never know who will have a significant impact on the success of your career if you don’t attend industry events and actively work on developing mutually beneficial relationships with people in the industry such as fellow artists, producers, songwriters, music journalists, publishers, and so on. Connect with people in the local community and music scenes to expand your network.
You are not required to wait for a record label to sign you before starting your career. Remember that you are laying the groundwork for your future as an artist and that you must start from somewhere.