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Being in the music industry isn’t easy, not that it should be considering how many artists are out there wanting fame nowadays. Several people have come to me over the years asking me to “HOOK THEM UP” make them famous, when they often do not have any music, vocal coaching, social presence or a website. Creating music is only a smidgen of what it really takes to be an artist, and without the proper support behind you, well… to put it blatantly your screwed!
Most hopefuls record over a beat that still has tags on it saying; “Purchase your beats today.” as they sing over the tags hoping for a record label to notice their talented vocal skills. I am well aware that beats are costly for beginners and leasing contracts can be very expensive especially if you want exclusive rights. I know all about this subject since I too have dabbled in purchasing beats here and there. I would never advise a new artist to sing over an unpurchased beat and upload or send that recording to a label, radio station or post it on a music platform such as SoundCloud, Reverberation, Bandcamp, or YouTube. Doing this could jeopardize your dream of becoming the next pop star because your reputation is at stake especially if the beat was illegally downloaded. ⚠️
WHAT IT REALLY TAKES, is vocal training, courses in music composition, writing / poetry, renting or buying studio equipment for high quality recordings, learning to play an instrument, finding a producer to master your songs, creating social presence… I could go on forever, but my point is, you will not get noticed overnight without proper training and the realization that thousands upon thousands of hopefuls just like you, are out there fighting for your spot.
How to do it all as an independent artist without a record label, without support, starting from the beginning…(WARNING: YOU WILL NOT SLEEP, YOU MIGHT EAT ONCE A DAY, AND YOU COULD GO A LITTLE CRAZY!)
Take Vocal Lessons.
Learning how to sing on tune for some can be a challenge. A coach can help you find your correct tone and get you on the right pitch. There are many older people who coach and charge very little per hour or you could go to Berkeley College if you have the dough.
Join online singing apps such as:
The Voice, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.starmakerinteractive.thevoice
Or any other you prefer to download from the app store on IOS or Android. Singing on an app can help you learn how to strengthen your vocals as well as opening you up to a wide range of genre’s. You can create your own songs or sing with others. Practice makes pitch perfect.
Sing with your gut!
A lot of singers sing without passion, they monotone their voice in a repetative steady note that rarely fluctuates. Making the song seem flat, boring, and without feeling. You know you are singing correctly when the words come out of your gut and you feel Goosebumps all over your skin as you hold back swelling pools from behind your eyeballs. Now you are feeling the song. Whether it be a joyful song, or a sad song, either way you will feel the emotion of hitting those notes with passion. Make the audience tingle in their seats!
Take Writing and Poetry Course’s
Learn how to express your most deepest parts of you through pen onto paper, then rhyme it! Here’s an example:
REGULAR: “I like candy! I eat it a lot, sometimes to much and it gives me a tooth ache.”
POETRY: “Melt in my mouth like lemon drops, sweet candy kisses got me seeing spots. Eat ém up til I see the Doc, cause I broke my tooth on these candy rocks.”
Writing lyrics can be fun, but try not to get out of hand writing too much can be hard to remember.The reason why lyrics are repetitive in most songs is so that the artist can remember their Lyrics easily as well as their audience.
Read more about this facinating pychological study here: https://www.inverse.com/article/31541-pop-music-repetition-earworms-psychology
Start Creating Social Presence:
ATTENCION: THIS IS INCREDIBLY TIME CONSUMING. Many hopefuls open accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Expecting people to follow them right away. The also expect to receive lots of likes, attention, reposts, and encounter friendly people in Facebook groups. Without putting in much effort. What they end up finding out is, that isn’t what happens at all! Finding friends might be easy if you have them in real life and refer them to your page, but making new friends can be a struggle. This is what I call “fair-weather” friends. People who friend you then unfriend for no reason, people who ask you to like their page, but somehow missed your page. People who block you from sharing your music in their Facebook groups, but add you to groups without your permission. Then you get a notice from Facebook telling you, you can boost your post to reach more fans by paying. You end up getting fake likes from strange spam accounts, not to mention all those inappropriate messages in your inbox by people from random countries you never heard of. After all of that you check your accounts at the end of the day to find you have no activity! The secret is, you must be ACTIVE! By active I mean posting catchy gifs, music video clips, selfies, quotes, colorful creative artistic photograghs and live streams. You must interact with your followers and people who like your posts, but might not necessarily follow you. You can do this for each person who likes your picture, by going and liking one of theirs. If someone comments, like their comment and try to reply. Send story’s to a few followers with your music links and a nice short message. Saying; “Hey there, how was your day today, mine is better now that I saw you here.” The more you care, the more your followers will care. Upload video messages to fans, friends or loved one’s. Share some of your personal life it is a great way to interact with your closest friends and people who really care about you. You should post an average of 3 times a day with 1-3 story posts on Instagram. On Facebook I recommend posting more personally or sharing your posts from other platforms to make it easier. As for Twitter it is a very fast paced site. I suggest posting a minimum of 25-30 posts a day make sure you vary your posts with gifs, quotes, polls, jokes, links, current events, opinions, and news. Check for trending hashtags to tweet daily. Last but not least YouTube, on here less is more! It is better to post one very well made lyric video or music video than several five minute or less sloppy boring videos. Post one good one and share the link on all of your social sites. Make sure you post and hashtag your stage name on Google+ and Tumblr as well. These apps are frequented by many celebrities and are searchable on Google.
Create your Press kit and Bio
A press kit will open doors for you in the music industry, without it you are not considered to be ready for a record label. If you want to be signed you need to do all the prep-work beforehand.
Here is the information on how you can make your press kit. https://m.wikihow.com/Make-a-Band-Press-Kit
Your biography is extremely important not only for your press kit, but for preparing for features. As your popularity grows with time and you already have music, blogs and news outlets are going to offer you features on their sites. This will increase your chances of getting signed as well as helping you receive more followers on your social sites and may get you that extremely sought after blue verification badge. Writing your biography can be tricky, you can’t write as yourself you must write as a third person or as a narrative. You need to express to the reader how you started on your journey to fame, experiences, failures, success, and hopes for the future. Who you admire, what charities you hope to help, your personality, why you chose music, your views on other artists, and most important portray the real genuine raw you!
Make your Website
Lastly create an impressive website with your personal domain, add an eye catching banner, your full bio, attach mp3 music files, connect all social accounts, add your shop merchandise, YouTube videos, photograghs, PayPal donation box, and charities you support. Having a professional looking website will help you gain the respect of record labels, producers, managers, and fans.
You are in control of your own destiny!
If you want to make it in the music business, know this… Everything costs money, no one will give you something for nothing, you can not become successful without getting up, if you want free beats, free promo, free music, free features, free management, and free studio time, you will get what you pay for, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! The next time you get mad at a person for not giving you a cheap price, not offering freebies, or discounts you need to remember this!
EVERYONE WHO SPENDS TIME ON YOU, DESERVES THEIR MONEY!
If you short change someone they will remember you in the future and if they are a person of influence you may lose any opportunity that you might have had due to your lack of professionalism. It all boils down to how much you are willing to pay, how much you are willing to work for it and how far you are willing to go. Success is all up to you.
Until next time… fight for your dreams!
About the Author: FancyJ London
Performing Artist, Producer, Singer-Songwriter, Model, Writer, Editor, Award Winning Blogger, CEO of Featured Stars, Owner of “Revista Fancy”, & FSM -“Featured Stars Mag”. Event planner, Photographer, Fashion Designer/Illustrator, Artist/Newspaper Cartoonist, Founder of CoreFancy, Corazul, & Walk with Me Nonprofit organizations, Social Networking Butterfly, Traveler, Survivor, & A Gemini!
“I believe we as artists must support our fellow talented wandering souls out there to reach the stars! The best success comes when you unite, not divide!” ~Fancy J London
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