Expose yourself more to your potential audience by learning how to speed up the process of building your music career. Here is the step by step process how to grow faster as an electronic musician.
There are tons of guides, tutorials, and explanations on how to learn something. These things are real shortcuts how to avoid the real struggle and mainly when producing music because you can easily get overwhelmed. Try to use guides and tutorials for necessary actions, for things like – how to improve your sound, when to use particular plugins or how to build your home studio.
You can also check the guides on how to produce exact sounds but in this case, try to find your way, just because there are so much unknown and unexplored sounds that people want so much to hear. In that case, you can start exploring new possibilities and bring something special.
2. Execute Faster
Learning is great. But what you learn you need to implement. Doing things faster will allow you to keep pace with other artists in your genre and get more respect and build a bigger name.
3. Keep DAW Projects Simple & Clean Only With Things That You Need
Do you want to make quality music and being more popular? All important things are happening when you are composing – in your digital audio workstation. The more minimalistic your project file will be, the more significant is the chance that you will make a great track. You need to be flexible and learn some skills that you will use for a long time and benefit from them.
Just forget about acquiring too many plugins and stuff, just because it looks cool. Forget that. You need to know what are the best tools that you need to use and remove the rest.
Why? Because you will get overwhelmed from so many things that you have installed. Point of this step is that you need to be consistent when producing music. Consistency = new music = being visible to others = you start getting new fans.
4. Keep it Original, And Unique But Make It Quality
It’s so easy to make something unique and original. If you do it, people will don’t pay too much attention to that. Why? Because it didn’t have any weight and quality. The more you will sharp your sound, the better feedback you will get. Believe it or not, it’s true. Honestly, nowadays, it’s tough to invent something new and quality. It’s also like in any industry out there, but if you will do it, then you would be very proud of this success.
5. Quality Music
Stop doing crappy tunes even though you would say that’s good to be exposed and remind to your fans all the time. You should do this, but only in case, it’s really on the point. Try to give a bit more time to your production and show people that you are not about quantity, also try to combine it with being original. Do this, and you will get instantly true fans. Also, there is a high chance that music labels will notice you and maybe contact you. But condition to make it quality.
6. Being Producer & DJ
Yeah, this sounds obvious. But who is doing it? It seems so time-consuming, but there is a bunch of people that are making a living by playing music while producing and meanwhile, they just doing what they love (everybody should). Not sure how it’s going in your genre, but especially in a drum & bass is a massive base of fans that love new and fresh music.
Even though Drum & Bass doesn’t seem like a huge genre, but there are plenty of its subgenres that people love, and they can’t want longer for new talents. Ideally would be to start with music production and only after then, you may consider beginning with playing music. That would help you first introduce yourself and your music taste, and also show people what your style and sound is all about. Why is this good instead of being a DJ first?
Because you need to recognize what type of music they really want to hear. And if you will make something that somebody love, people may start giving you feedback in the form of comments, shares & likes.
At that moment you know that you have true fans that want to hear that particular style that you’ve brought them.
This is probably the best way how to live with music.
Author: Matt Biddulph
7. Make a Free EP album
Nowadays, people make one track and put it for free to get new fans, and it’s a great step. But what if you do this on four or more songs? You will not only be exposed and get comments and likes, but people will start talking about you more.
Here is the thing – Before you will go free on your profile, try to ask labels related to your genre but also the labels that you had dreams to release there. You would wonder what would happen. Why? Because all successful modern labels are trying to keep their music as high as possible, it’s a very high chance that they will reply to you in the form of constructive criticism, or even better, they will want to sign you, or just to tweak some details and send it back to them.
Also, don’t forget to make some stunning cover art for your album and others will love what you will do for them, just do it for free (not literally for free – you are building your name)
8. Expose Yourself by Remixing Other Artists
Probably one of the most significant shortcuts at nowadays. Try to imagine how hard it’s hard for you as a newcomer with no connections to expose yourself. Well, when you remix somebody famous or just have even ten thousand views on Soundcloud, and you do a great job in the form of remix (if you at least believe it’s great) then write the comment in the track, something like: “Hey, love this song so much that I had to remix it – feel free to check it out on my website and get it FREE”.
With this approach, you will wonder how many people will come to your profile and listen to it and even download. Then you have a high chance that they will start following you (if they like, what they’ve heard)
9. Collaborate with Others
It’s harder to achieve, especially when you are a new producer which nobody knows. Best advice for you to speed up this process to get the attention of others is the same thing as with remixing – make a great tune that will charm well-known and established producers. But be aware that you need to be unique and bring maybe even more than these guys brought to the music scene to excite them.
Also, the second alternative, if you are new in music production, is to become a DJ. Why? Being a DJ is a gateway between being listener (consumer) and real authority. When you become a DJ, things will start changing. You can begin with playing tracks you like and meet with people of the same genre meanwhile you are building your name.
Honestly, what a big is a chance that you will don’t meet any music producers out there? When you will play music for a long time and become an authority only after then you can try to ask other guys if they would to show you how they are making music and then, even make collabs together.
It’s up to you if you decide to go step by step or just pick the steps that would work for you. Anyway, you need to take action and give as much time as you possibly can for music production. Of course only if the music is a thing that you are living for.
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