There are aspiring musicians to be found all over the globe, with some hoping to one day play at their village community fair and others dreaming of taking the world by storm. Whatever your musical ambitions are, it is good to have a plan in place to help you achieve them.
No matter how successful you already are, here are a few tips to help give your musical career a boost.
1. Going Solo or Banding Together
One of the first steps on the road to stardom is deciding what kind of musical outfit you are going to be. If you decide to go solo, for example, this doesn’t mean that you won’t need help from time to time. You might still need session musicians to help with recording or live performances.
If, on the other hand, you choose to form a band, then selecting your band mates carefully is a given. Talent is an important factor, but so is temperament – you don’t want personality clashes to derail your success. You should also outline the band dynamic from the outset. Who will have the final say when it comes to creative control?
2. Perform in the Right Places
Choosing your performance venue is vital if you want your career to go from strength to strength. Although in the early stages you might have to go with whichever venue will take you, later on you’ll be able to select performances that marry up with your chosen audience.
Choosing the right venue is also important for meeting the right people. Industry insiders, like talent spotters, often attend gigs, so make sure you choose wisely and leave your contact details with the venue so you can follow up any enquiries.
3. Image is Important
Image isn’t everything, but it is important. Even something as simple as branding your drum kit, or making sure everyone in the band has a certain “look” can make your group more memorable. Merchandise will also make you look professional and could bring in some extra money.
4. Make Time to Write
With so much time and effort being spent performing, it can be easy to neglect the other side of being a musical performer: writing songs. Coming up with new tracks is a great way of keeping your fan base interested in what you are doing, and the next song you write could be your first big hit.
5. Musical Distribution
Performing is just one aspect of getting your band well-known – another is distributing your music. Music platforms like Nationwide Disc can put your music onto physical media, like a CD, which you can then distribute to record labels and fans. By going through a recognised distributor, you’ll benefit from more professional packaging and sound quality than you would if you just burnt a CD at home.
Similarly, making your music available online is another valuable way of boosting your image. You may also want to create other content to keep your fans interested in your story, from blogs to video diaries.
Success in the music industry does not come easy, but it is worth striving for. Many bands and solo artists are out there now hoping to achieve their dream, so why not join them?