Why No One Takes You Serious As An Artist.
by Young Celebrity News Magazine
Hundreds of artists hit us up daily asking one question, “Can you check out my music?” While many busy blogs today are very selective when it comes to the music they “choose” to listen to, we listen to everyone’s. That’s a positive right? If it’s someone we REALLY like we have no problem sharing your music to some of our industry connects today. If it’s good why wouldn’t we? The problem is the good artists are very hard to find. And you may ask yourself, “Why doesn’t anyone take me serious as an artist?” Here are some reasons below.
You aren’t searchable.
When someone asks to see your music links, you show them a FaceBook Fan page and a soundcloud. These are great “free,” resources to use as an artist and should be utilized. However, these shouldn’t be your main music resources. How much time and effort are you really doing to build yourself as an artist? Now with your friends and family that might be good enough for them but will a manager or record label take you serious with that? Probably not. Unless they REALLY believe in you. But there are so many artists today that might be just as good as you or maybe not as good but their professionalism exceeds yours. If I were an A&R I would definitely go to the artists that are professional. Here are a few things that you should have as artists to help get there:
A website. There are so many free websites today, even blogs, where people can learn more about you as an artists and view your music. Get your own domain name at GoDaddy.com and apply it to your site.
Professional photos, presentation is so key you really need to look the part. If you’re taking pictures on your back porch and presenting them to labels, managers, or music industry connects, they will not take you serious.
Business Cards, wherever you go, past out your business cards because you never know who you will meet. On it should be your information where people can reach you like an email and number as well as your links to your music.
2) Your mentality needs to change.
Too many artists today still believe they will be discovered like Soulja Boy. Create one hit that will blow up while ignoring all the hand work needed to put in your craft. (Not saying SB didn’t work hard, I’m talking about you.) So you settle with a mixtape, perhaps even release a music video and think your work is done. You go back doing what you’ve been doing, nothing, and wait around for something to happen. You have to make things happen and start knocking on people’s doors, maybe even literally if you want people to notice you. Stop this, “I’m going to be discover mentality,” and change it to “I’m going to make people notice me,” attitude.
3) You’re not serious.
This one is our favorite. “I’m serious about what I do, check out my music.” And when we go to check out the music, the quality sounds like you recorded it on a Xbox 360 headset. Really? How serious are you? If you’re trying to impress a girl/guy on a date you at least shower, smell good and look nice to present a nice side of you. So if you apply that to music why would you show a music industry connect who probably has worked with some of the top artists in the industry, music that isn’t professionally recorded? And that goes to our next point.
You have to invest in yourself. Your music is your business if you don’t see it like that, then you won’t go very far. You have to invest in your craft, whether you play instruments are just write songs. You have to invest in your style. Find who you are an artist and run with it. You have to invest money! If you’re a musician you know that instruments are expensive. Promotion and marketing cost money. Getting professionally recorded music takes money. Investing in yourself shows others that you really believe in what you do. That you are serious and that this isn’t some hobby. When you don’t do these things, its a clear indicator you’re just trying to “make it,” versus this is what “you live for” the very thing that most artists that come to us say.