For some 2018 was an overall success you may have written and produced some amazing music, built a loyal fan base or even released an album. For others it may not have been the year you hoped for, whichever one you may resonate with 2019 is a new year and the perfect time step things up. The industry is constantly moving forward so even at the height of your career it’s important to keep going, to try new things and to be open to new opportunities even if it isn’t in your plan. Here are some tips to help you further your career in the New Year.
Up until now you may have stuck to a certain sound or genre, you’ve found success with your music so why change anything. As mentioned before the industry is always on the move and it encourages artists to switch things up and to try something new, so staying in the same lane may hinder your career in the long run. As a musician you will want to grown with the industry and those within it, the New Year is a great time to experiment w
We are officially a week into the New Year and I’m sure many of you are working hard on your new year’s resolutions but for those who might need that extra boost here are a few things you can do to ensure you reach your goals for 2019.
If you’ve set a goal to achieve by the end of the year you may want to first think about how you can split that up into smaller tasks. Setting yourself a huge goal to reach is not impossible and I encourage people to do so but to ensure you have the best chance of completing it I would recommend you break it down into monthly or weekly achievements that will help towards something long term. Remember it will take time so don’t feel disheartened if you aren’t seeing results immediately.
Bring along a friend, creating group goals or having a mutual goal with a friend will help you stay on track. If you have someone who will motivate you and vice versa then you are more likely to keep it up, if you begin to slack then having monthly or we
So you finally have a radio interview, you have the opportunity to promote your music and gain new fans. But how exactly do you make the most out of your interview whilst staying professional and portraying your best self.
Chances are the interviewer will know more about you then you do about them so be prepared to answer questions about things that may be public knowledge. The aim is to keep the interview informative but entertaining so try and relax a little and share some fun stories or experiences you may have had whilst working in the industry. As much as you want to promote your music you do not want to come across as shallow, let listeners get to know you on a deeper level especially if they’ve never heard your music before. Listeners are much more likely to check out your latest releases if they genuinely like you as a person so try and connect with the interviewer and those listening.
The radio station will likely promote the interview online so make sure
With 2018 drawing to an end its time to start thinking ahead to the New Year. For many the prospect of new goals and a fresh start is motivating but for some it doesn’t come so easy. The thought of having a long list of things to accomplish within a year can be stressful and the pressure to succeed can really get you down.
I appreciate that setting goals isn’t for everyone but for those who want to give it a go this is the perfect time to go over your accomplishments of 2018, where you’re in your career and where you want to be this time next year. To help you get started here are a few things you can do to make 2019 the year of success.
If you’ve been setting the same goals year on year and you’re yet to achieve them then it might be time to switch things up. If it’s not working then you might need to change your mindset, try picking it apart and figuring out what you can do on a daily basis to work towards the end result.
Take your main goal and break it
Selling merchandise may or may not be something you enjoy but ultimately for many bands and musicians it’s a great resource for many reasons, not only to earn some extra cash but to gain exposure. As a form of marketing selling merchandise it something you will want to put some effort into, fans will not appreciate poor merch and if they feel you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons it can have a very negative effect on sales and your overall image.
So what to do if your merchandise sales are still starting to drop, here are a few tips that may help get you back in business. Not all will apply to you but hopefully implementing one or more ideas will help drive sales.
Start considering where you’re promoting and selling you merchandise, if you’re primarily doing it online then you might want to reconsider. Most sales are done before and after shows, I would suggest making sure you’re promoting your products on stage however make sure you don’t overdo it. Presumably a
We’ve discussed touring a lot on the blog, from booking your first tour to a full guide on touring. However something we are yet to discuss further is mental health and how touring can have a huge impact on you, not only physically but mentally. The opportunity to take your music on the road is one you’d be mad to pass up and many musicians excited about the prospect but it’s important to keep your well being in mind whilst you’re travelling and performing.
These are a few things to consider implementing into your routine to help keep your mental health at its best.
Do not let show turn out get you down. Putting too much pressure on yourself can have a negative effect on your mental health although whilst on tour one of your main priorities is to have successful shows it’s inevitable that some may not have the best turn out. To prevent yourself from getting stressed over this prepare yourself for a bit of disappointment, during the week your shows may not sell out no
Some would consider multi tasking a talent, the ability to get a collection of tasks done quickly seems like a positive mind set and one that will make your career progress faster. The problem is multi tasking can seriously affect your work and juggling too much at once will ultimately catch up with you.
It may seem great to knock out a bunch of things on you’re to do list at once or in a short space of time but it’s likely that your work will start to slip. If your head isn’t fully on the task at hand because you’re too busy thinking about finishing something else then you won’t be completing it to the best of your ability. You will start to make mistakes and your music or anything you may be working on will not be of a high quality, and audiences will recognise this which will quickly begin to negatively affect the progress of your career. The saying quality over quantity is truly one to follow, focus and put your all into everything you create without spreading yourself t
With winter well and truly upon us I thought it would be nice to look back on the festival season and with that the history of Music festivals and where it all started. Music festivals are a rite of passage for any music enthusiast, for whatever reason the idea of live music, dancing amongst nature and enjoying the company of others all under the warmth of the English sun (if you’re lucky) draws in huge crowds all over the country. British summer time brings with it festival season and so many embark on a weekend long trip to enjoy some music and a cold beverage.
But where exactly did it all start, ultimately it began elsewhere in 1967 we saw the first example of what we now consider a music festival which was the Monterey International Pop Festival. More than 25,000 music lovers came together to watch live performances from The Who, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix amongst other artists. This set the scene for what was to come across the world, in the UK the Isle of Wight was
For many musicians performing doesn’t come easy, the passion to create music doesn’t automatically come with the desire to get on stage and show the world. It’s completely understandable and is something a lot of artists have to deal with but there are a few things you can practice in order to ease those pre show nerves. We have a few posts centred about anxiety and shyness so if you need some more guidance on that please check out our blog. If you simply need some tips for battling the nerves then keep reading.
Tell someone, if you’re working with another band, artist or a team of people make sure you let them know how you’re feeling. It can be daunting but chances are they’re also nervous; we all go through it at some stage so having someone who understands and can help you calm down is a whole lot better than being around people who have no idea
With Christmas just around the corner and the year coming to an end it’s probably time to think about giving back to those who have supported you throughout 2018. The holidays are the perfect time to show your appreciation and gratitude with some fun festive giveaways or limited edition products. Here are a few ideas to help you out.
If you’re a well loved band or artist then chances are you’ve received a fair few letters and notes from loving fans. If you’re inundated throughout the year then it’s understandable that you won’t be able to response to every since one, however Christmas is the perfect opportunity to send off some cards to show just how much you appreciate their kind words. Pick some fans that regularly write or continue to show their support, real fans will treasure a handwritten letter or even some free merchandise if you’re feeling generous.
Merchandise is a firm favourite amongst fans, jumpers, hats and mugs go down a treat and Christmas is the id