10 THINGS EVERY UPCOMING ARTISTS MUST KNOW AND DO FOR THEIR OWN GOOD.
1 Going into the music studio to record a song does not make you a super star the work ahead is more than just recording a track, recording a track is Just your starting point.
2 In the journey of music you need 20% talent 80% money.
If you have your Money you come to the industry as a boss, you hire the services of professionals and also creative individuals to work things out for you and making sure you
achieve your dream and become a mega star.
3 If you want influence get ready to spend fee in promoting your song online and hyping for people to know more about you. Most prefer to promote their songs on free platforms or find a blogger whos gonna collect #1,000 for promotion.
I Tell you, promotion Is far beyond that… The blogger will only place your song on the platform without hyping you because you are not paying well.
Be ready to spend!
4 If you sincerely love music and want to take it seriously get a job so that you can finance your musical project. No matter how little your pay may be The joy that comes with it each time you remember that it is helping you get closer to your dream is more than enough.
Financing music is never easy. Gone are the days when record labels take that responsibility. Now, most record labels are running away from investing their money in upcoming music artists, they prefer you to come with your money to finance your project while they manage your career.
5 That brings us further to the managerial part of music.
Get a well connected manager That will give you links to shows, take you on local media Tour, Get things done for you.
I know lots of Artists who don’t have record labels but have good managers who get them shows and run things for them underground.
These Artists keep dropping back to back hits, why? Because they have a good managers and the right team in place.
6 You must learn to follow up. Don’t leave your promotion for only your promoters or bloggers. You too have a big role to play!
If you don’t follow them up they will dump your song. So Blame yourself when this happened.
If they likes of Sinach, Runtown, Nathaniel Bassey, Humble Smith, Zoro to mention but few, follow up their promotions how much more of you.
7 Any professional blogger who truly wants to promote you online should know that uploading your song and sending you the download link is not just enough so many things need to be done underground.
No matter the level of traffic his blog generates.
For example I can’t visit a blog and start downloading any song I see I would like to download a song by a known artist, even their social media handles or contact info. But the blogger can make me download an unknown artist song if he/she is a professional blogger.
My advice on this to artist is, ‘know the kind of promotion that a blogger wants to do for you before paying for it.’
Paying popular blogs to promote you is good but how much effort can they put in promoting you is the big question. Because most will only share your links once.
Note that The number of blogs that upload your song is nothing, what matters is the role the bloggers play in promoting your song after sending you the download link.
Some artist have their songs uploaded on almost 15 or 20 blog but yet they are still in one place like a stagnant water!
8 The key to success is humility. You must humble yourself at all times and do away with pride .
One mistake that most upcoming artists make is Sending a download link to someone that want to help you to go download your song from another website when you can mail it to the person. This is bad and upcoming artists are fond of this.
9 No matter the level of your education you can never know better than your promoter or manager that’s why you are a singer and he/she is your promoter or manager. You must listen to them and follow instructions.
The journey to stardom is not a day’s journey it is a long process so you must be ready and willing to be patient, focus, determined and dedicated to your dreams.
10 Finally Don’t set your mind on making money in the early stage of your career, If not music will knock you out.
There are times when you need to pay show organizers just to perform, It is not a new thing. Most of the musicians you celebrate today paid that price countless times, You can’t take some things away! You must pay your dues.
I hope this help someone out there
And if you need someone to talk to about your musical, I advice You to get a good mentor that you can see not the one you can’t see but you call them mentor, its a big NO NO!