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
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
If you’re new to the industry and looking to pursue a career in music then you might want to consider a mentor. This isn’t the same as a manager, for more information on a manager’s role head over to our blog. A mentor is someone you can either hire or if you have a relationship with someone within the industry you may be able to ask them for some help. They will essentially give you advice and will past their knowledge and experience onto you in order to give you a head start.
If you are willing to spend the money to hire a mentor then it’s important you choose someone who can genuinely help you advance in your career. This means you will need to hire a mentor who has experience working within your chosen genre and for your age range. To be able to get to where you want to be a mentor will need to know the right people, places and techniques, there’s no use hiring a mentor who specialises in country music if you’re a pop artist as they will not have the right knowledge of y
After going through the pros and cons of working for a studio we wanted discuss working independently and why it may or may not be the best option for you. To put it simply if you’re teaching independently you’re basically running your own business, every part of the job is your responsibility which can be both a pro and a con. This is one of many reasons why teaching independently may or may not be the right path but we will go over the rest in the hope it will help you with your decision.
Starting with the slightly more negative aspects of the job, as everything is under your control you will have to handle it all from paperwork to acquiring students. When you are working as part of a studio they will take care of all documentation allowing you to focus on your students however being boss will mean you have to dedicate some of your time to bookkeeping, organising paperwork as well as handling all of your expenses.
You will be in charge of creating schedules, classr
We’ve spoken a lot about the different job roles within the industry, one of which being a music teacher/mentor. For many teaching music is a great way to earn more money on the side whilst pursing their music and for others it’s their dream role. Teaching is also one of the more flexible roles within the industry whilst typically being able to provide quite a stable wage, which is very desirable for freelance musicians.
Teaching can be done both independently and for a company, both have their pro’s and con’s but before going into why you may or may not want to work independently we are going to go through the positives and negatives of working within a company.
Starting with the cons an obvious restriction when working as part of a company is lack of flexibility, as mentioned before teaching can very much be a flexible profession however when employed by someone this isn’t always the case. Studios will likely have a schedule as well as other policies, with this you
If you’re an active musician you probably have a strong presence on social media, presumably you’re following a great deal of other artists within the industry and more likely than not you’re probably bombarded with content from your fellow musicians on a daily basis. There is certainly a right and wrong way to post on social media and unfortunately if you begin to annoy your followers they will not hesitate to unfollow you.
So how exactly are musicians meant to advertise, promote and communicate with fans without overwhelming followers and consequently see your numbers drop? Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your social media whilst still making your content enjoyable for your followers.
The first step is to limit your posts; the last thing your followers want to see is their feed full of your content. They likely follow many other accounts and presumably would like to see their content as well as yours so keep posts limited and t
We’ve all felt that spark of inspiration, your mind is flooded with new thoughts and ideas and you can’t wait to get started on a new project. Although we go through moments where we lack inspiration when we do it’s very easy to sit down and start writing every lyric or sound that comes to mind, the hardest part is seeing it through.
The battle we have with ourselves is a difficult one when writing songs, is it good enough, is it worth finishing, do I still have that spark that I had in the beginning. Finding that motivation and belief in ourselves is vital to finishing any project and the more you do the better you get at it. Of course that much easier said than done but hopefully some of the tips will help you on your way to completely that song.
I always encourage musicians to take note of anything that comes to mind, inspiration can go just as fast as it came so it’s important to get it all down. With that being said try to reframe from starting any new projects,
College or University is certainly no walk in the park, between classes, studying and exams there’s barely enough time to keep on top of the basics such as eating and sleeping regularly. So how do people balance all of this whilst pursing their side career or hobby, well it can be done but it takes a lot of preparation and dedication.
If you’re struggling to handle being a model student whilst actively pursuing music then there are a few things you can implement into your routine to help balance the two.
As tough as it may be you will have to decide which comes first, when it comes to making the difficult decisions between taking a gig and studying for an exam you will need to know which is your priority. This also goes for socialising, are you willing to give up certain aspects in order to both study and make music. It may mean giving up an occasional night out with friends or a class here and there, whatever it may be its important to distinguish what can be sacrif
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