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
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
The music industry is known for being particularly difficult, countless amounts of musicians struggle with the pressures and expectations that come with working in the business. Many end up giving up which is completely understandable due to demands of being an aspiring musician but if you are determined to make it through and make it a livable career here are a few tips to help you out.
It’s natural to find inspiration in others especially in a creative industry, we aspire to be our greatest role models and that’s great but it’s important not to put pressure on yourself to be on the same level at least not as a beginner. This is much easier said than done, we can’t help but compare ourselves and feel our work isn’t good enough. The problem with this is that it can seriously damage your career, any motivation or inspiration to write and play will disappear.
As long as you continue to make the music you want to make and work hard to get it heard then you do not need t
So you’ve got the voice, the musical skills to make it as an artist but have you got the right stage presence to hold a crowd? You can have the best voice in the industry but it’s nothing without the ability to be a great performer. It’s not unheard of for an artist to purely record and release music without actually performing live but for most performing is part of the job if you want to be the best artist you can be.
Thankfully this is something that many musicians learn as they progress, most do not have the ability to capture a crowd instantly so don’t feel disheartened if it doesn’t come naturally. Having a great stage presence is the key to making your shows memorable and in turn making you memorable to potential collaborators or producers.
To have a good stage presence you need confidence, and again it’s something that doesn’t come naturally to everyone, for good reason many musicians are nervous before performing but if you want to succeed as an artist it’s
Performing in front of a crowd can be nerve wrecking, especially if you’re new to the industry. You never really know how the crowd is going to react and unfortunately many artists have experienced an audience who is disinterested and ultimately not listening to you. But not to worry there are a few things you can do to turn it around and have a great performance.
Ultimately you’re playing because you love music and you can do just that no matter what kind of audience you have. There are many reasons why a crowd reacts badly from not being interested in your music to just saving their energy for later, try not to judge to harshly it could have nothing to do with you as an individual. With that being said just have fun, perform like you would to any crowd and enjoy the experience, you may find the audience enjoyed it in silence and you judged things too quickly.
I know it’s easier said than done, most musicians struggle to perform to a crowd who don’t seem interested
When you think of performance opportunities there are a few obvious ones that come to mind some include weddings, clubs and bars but there are so many other chances to show off your talent. If gigging is about simply making money then these may not be for you but if you’re happy to work for little of for free to gain experience and skill then we’ve got a few ideas for you.
If you’re still new to the industry and you’re looking for any opportunity to get heard then you could enter a competition. There isn’t any guaranteed success with a contest but for many it’s a chance to practice, meet new people and have fun and their obvious always a chance that the right person may be in the audience. Industry professionals are known to attend competitions looking for the next big artist so it’s always worth getting involved.
Not all artists or bands like to perform at parties, especially if they are friends of family but there are definitely other types that could really benef
Dubfire set a new record for longest solo performance ever at Sunwaves Festival in Romania. He performed for 26 hours and 30 minutes at the 24th edition, known for their endurance performances. The record was previously held by Marco Carola who played for 24 hours.
Another incredible record we cannot forget was set by tINI and Bill Patrick who performed back to back at the Romanian festival for a total of 31 hours.
You may be at that point now where you are bringing in regular work in your local scene, which is great but you want to move onto bigger and better things. Making that transition from your local pub to an established venue can be difficult, getting out of the local scene isn’t always easy and once you’re out it can be quite overwhelming. Hopefully some of these tips will help you progress further when you’re feeling a bit stuck. Before we start its important to note not everyone feels the need to pursue anything further if you enjoy performing in your local area and do not want to take it to the next level then that’s absolutely fine.
Firstly try not to let it get to you if you’re struggling to progress, you can always find the positives in any situation. Whilst you’re working towards your next venture make the most of the work you’re currently doing, continue building your skills and experience and take any opportunity that comes your way even if it’s a local gig.
When pursuing a career whether within the music industry or not everyone comes to a roadblock along their way, it’s simply a part of the journey. Maybe you’ve just started but you’re struggling to find your feet in the industry or you’ve had a little bit of success but it’s suddenly gone a bit dry. Whatever situation you may find yourself in here’s few tips for getting past that roadblock, you may just need some motivation but hopefully these easy steps will help get you out of that rut.
First things first, have a bit of a refresh. You will probably find that you’ve been playing and practicing with the same old stuff which can become boring very quickly for both you and your audience, switch things up and introduce some new sounds. This may include some new styles or perhaps just some new material within your chosen genre whichever it is make it original, copying other DJs work won’t get you anywhere. So try incorporating new sounds and edits of your own to set
Surviving your first gig is important to securing future jobs, so making a good impression counts. Until now you’ve probably been a bedroom DJ and so you’re used to having your equipment set up perfectly, ready to play whenever you please. Unfortunately with your first gig you’re more than likely going to have to put in a lot of work to get that perfect set up, which in turn may cause some problems.
We always recommend before booking a gig you check out the venue to ensure you’re prepared and can plan your set up according to the space. However we understand for someone who is trying to break away from the bedroom DJ and book their first lot of gigs you may not get the chance to do this. Amongst issues with your booth you may have to deal with some other unexpected problems so we hope this guide will help you survive your first gig.
As mentioned above being as prepared as possible is key, one thing to ensure is to arrive early. This not only shows that your or