How To Become Successful in The Music Business World
Regardless of what kind of music you are you need to know the tips on How To Become Successful in The Music Business World. First thing first, the definition of success must be defined. If your definition is “to be a famous and rich celebrity,” good luck… But you should succeed if your concept is’ to be an artist who does what you want to do in life by sharing your music with the listeners,’ then you must. And you will still have a better chance of success in the long run. If you have the bottle to stick to your own sound, your own conviction that your music sounds like that.
Be warned, however – it is always difficult to fly in the face of convention. But trends are fading and dying – not original talent and music!
You can then get individual artistic and technological input if you have released an album yourself. Friends and family are always going to say your music is “great” (and that’s all right, you need that help). But the one that tells you that all you do may be perfect for your ego, but it is useless! The hard truth is, you need good constructive feedback from independent sources who know about it. All right, more easily said than done, but there are publications such as “Sound on Sound” which provide demo feedback, for example.
You should search for your nearest recording studio and pay for a period for studio engineers (or even the studio owner if you can). Choose your brains and ask for advice on all your recording things. It was invaluable and I did it myself. You must ensure that you can communicate to the studio engineer and respond to what you do. Yet you pay them at the end of the day to listen to them and take advantage of their expertise. Believe me, many studios are pleased when they know that you take constructive criticism seriously and are ready to pay the current rate for it.
This is so critical because often you don’t have the skills or equipment to make things sound more than just a demo when you start doing a first album. Sadly, so many aspiring musician get to know that the music is not as good as they think, particularly on the technical side! The music is so near to their development.
There are probably hundreds of thousands (maybe millions, who knows?!) in the world, doing the same thing that you are always good to keep in mind. There are no shortages of home studios, which display music and organizations, especially on the internet, that tell you how to “make it big.”
The trick is therefore to stand out as “different from the rest,” thus attaining a “professional” level. How do I describe my career? Where somebody took the time and effort to keep the recording after a home demonstration. All right, I know, maybe it’s a little vague, but the fact is it is hard to define.
Music is very subjective-we all hear various things in it, in fact, we all need something different from music to make it suitable for us, as a composer or listener. There are great musicians who play various instruments, technically amazing, but record music which is stripped of soul and passion and restricted by self-imposing musical restrictions. On the other hand, there are musicians with little or no experience who can blow their minds with amazing and imaginative music because the musical training does not limit them. It should also be remembered that being a skilled musician does not make for a professional music composer!
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It is also accurate to say that a professional musician / songwriter is not a good studio engineer necessarily! This is a fact which, I believe, is frequently ignored. Too many composers feel they can make a great recording because they have access to an all-singing workstation and/or a computer. All is far from the facts more often than not. Composing is a talent and making an album is another skill that is quite special. Another, very different talent is mastering a song. I don’t think a person can’t do all these things right. With years of knowledge and even then with inputs from other sources, they can of course.
I’ve sat to listen to a demo too many times where the composer is persuaded the story is “perfect” if it’s really not. Sounds are cheesy and naffy to record and to use, but the composer can’t listen, as I say they didn’t “shoot the box.” We didn’t stand back and listen to the recordings and liken to experienced recordings of the genre. They did not like that.
It’s hard to learn, to criticize your creations and to remember sometimes that your creation is far from perfect, and that sometimes the best place to create is on the bin and that you have to start again. Yet perhaps this is one of the most important musical lessons to be learned.
This is also an unpalatable fact to remember. Your album could be awesome. It could be nice songs, well produced, etc., but it just couldn’t be good enough to be more than an index album selling a couple of hundred copies. This is life! This is life!
Record companies are simply going to listen to their demo for the first 20 seconds, then shut it down and put the demo into the bin if it does not make an instant impact.
Nor are this only A / R guys. A few years ago, a major label had so many demos that it was unable to accommodate all of them in its A / R department, and it equipped everybody with a battery of demos, even those cleaners. Everyone did the same – if the CD didn’t make an immediate sensation, it’s “on to the next.”
Yeah, that may seem unreasonable, but how would you do if you’re an exec record label transporting thousands of demos? I’m running a small index tab, again, so I know how it is.
I’m not advocating to submit your demo to a big label. I relate to the story, and I think you’re the “best album” with so many people who make music, that you must be honest-you actually have more chance than you get a record deal in the same week, to win the UK lottery and Euro lottery!
But you ought not to avoid that!! Your demo should be recorded properly and well enough to be pressed and sold by you. Probably the best way forward in this day and age. Yes, send copies to record labels, but also note that record labels are much more than just music. You will seek experience, a picture, a muddy artist and much more for the music industry today.
The personality of your music that stands out from the rest should be emotional. It’s very, very difficult to achieve this and it’s almost impossible to teach or understand. I truly believe that music has either the magic ingredient to get people’s hair to rise, or it doesn’t. And that’s the singer, not the artist’s output, the equipment, the mastering of the record label, or anywhere else.
sum up, go on the path of being an artist with zeal and confidence, but acknowledge that it is nearly impossible to achieve great success through a record deal. Understand that you have to listen to what you do and learn to critique the music with open ears. Make your closest ally constructive criticism from people whose opinion you respect and believe. And though you think it will be a bit effective, realize it will be even more difficult!