Getting yourself started in today’s music industry is never going to be easy, but for those lucky and talented ones who manage to make a living out of their musical skills, there’s quite a lot of money and fame to be found. Sadly, this doesn’t mean that they have a clear path to success as it may at first. Once you have built up a solid base, you also need to ensure you don’t make critical mistakes like the ones described just below, which will definitely put a dent on your future plans and experiments:
Rushing Through Things
Let’s start by saying that you won’t become a superstar in one night, so you should always keep your expectations in check. Never rush through your work, and take your time to ensure all of your work is of high quality first and foremost. Learn to have multiple takes in order to get as much of a perfect piece as possible. Your first works will probably not be noticed by many artist management companies, so it is important that those few who take time to listen through the entirety of your works get a good impression of your skills and talents.
Making a Mess of Your Marketing Efforts
A good artist needs something more than just raw talent and exceptional music skills: he or she also needs to build up a good image of themselves, including that of fellow band members if present. This is actually the thing that most artists out there fail to take into account, which is why they have so much trouble building up a decent fan base. You should also remember to market yourself according to what kind of music you play or produce, as this will help people identify your music much more easily.
Not Making Effective Use of Social Media
Social media can be a powerful tool for advertising, but you need to learn how to use it correctly first of all. Don’t just assume that whatever you post online ends up getting a million views, especially if you are just starting out and are still relatively unknown amongst music circles. Try to at least build up your own website or online streaming channel, keeping it constantly up to date with your latest works.
Not Making Use of Your Opportunities
If by chance you have been contacted by your music artist management agency to come to a live show to perform your music, don’t hesitate to agree to their proposal: live shows are great ways to make new fans and show your current ones just how awesome you are when you get serious. Remember that opportunities like these don’t come around very often: miss them and you will regret doing so for a long time.
Making Your Music Too Generic
A lot of artists seem to lose their touch after a few years, and end up making music that is quite generic or too similar to their past work (or that of other artists as well). This can quickly erode away at your popularity, no matter how famous you have become. You will not likely have to worry about it in your first few years, though.