Kickstarting a Music Career

Musical artist getting ready to record a song

Getting your music career off the ground. Some basic tips for you here. Image via Free Great Picture.

Getting a music career off the ground isn’t easy. There are thousands of people out there right now fighting for their music to be heard. That said, you should never abandon your dreams. Even if you’re not about to become the next Ed Sheeran or Adele, you can still gain a fanbase and make some money from your passion simply by taking a professional stance. Here are just a few ways to find your feet as a musical artist.

Play some gigs

Playing live is still the best way to get yourself heard. Contact some local venues and use your connections to find supporting slots. Play enough gigs and you’ll start getting dedicated fans whilst making money. In order to get comfortable playing live try out busking, try playing in local bars or play to local friends and family.

Sites such as Music Industry How To have some great guides for developing stage presence. Remember that no band sells out on their first show – some of the biggest acts rose to fame through slow and steady touring.

Steal some studio time

Having a recorded song/EP/album should be your next step. There are plenty of pieces of software out there for bedroom producers wanting to take the DIY approach, but if you haven’t got the patience to learn all these production skills grabbing some studio time could be the best option.

Many recording studios may offer a free hour taster session or seasonal discounts on studio time. Make use of these promotions and get yourself a professionally recorded track or album that you can then promote.

Distribute your music

Once you have recorded music, you’ll want to get it distributed. Companies such as Nationwide Disc duplication are able to get your music copied onto CDs that you can then sell on a website or at gigs. Most people are listening to music online so consider mediums such as iTunes and Spotify too. Free mediums such as Soundcloud and Youtube are great for just getting your music out there.  

Consider a PR company

A music PR company can help send your music to media outlets, potentially getting your some radio airplay, interviews and reviews from publications. Look online for established companies and check out reviews and testimonials to see who they’ve worked with in the past.

Some PR companies are more specialized to certain genres such as rock or hip hop. PR doesn’t work for everyone and can be costly. For those on a budget, consider looking for PR services on sites such as Fiverr.  

Remember to market yourself

No matter how many companies you try and use, nothing will work if you’re not trying to also actively market yourself. You can save a lot of money simply by using social media, creating a website and promoting yourself whilst touring.

By coming up with creative promotional strategies of your own and creating a strong personality and angle for yourself, you’ll eventually get people interested. Remember that fame often isn’t achieved overnight.

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23 thoughts on “Kickstarting a Music Career

  1. A PR Company is a good, great even idea. Not so sure about gigging. There are far too many fabulous 40+ years musicians, who’ve walked the walk out there (male and female) earning next to nothing playing pub type venues when they are owed much more from the business than they’ll ever get back that it’s scary. It is a major shame that 1% of musicians take in 95% of the potential/actual income out there. As ever a brilliant read, well crafted, Christy

    • I was sooooo hoping you would comment here, George! Thank you for lending your experience to this article. What you say about the 1% is true of authors too, interestingly enough. Hope you’re settling back at home well

      • I could be wrong about gigging, I must confess. I gave it up at the age of 17. The politics of bands and the lack of money for effort put in did it for me. I think, and again I could be wrong, that to chase that glimmer of hope that you might make it big only works if ego matches ability. There’s a lot of ego’s out there and it always seems ‘ability’ has to take second place. I am guessing that writing is the same. That must take nothing away from your post though. Pointers for those that digest them always help, and I am lacking on the PR front, I know – so thank you, Christy.

  2. I love this post … so original… I often put some Lana del Rey´s songs on YouTube … I use Google Chrome to be able to watch the videos on my TV, which is quite good. When the songs include the lyrics (quite often as I created a special Playlist) I sing along… And loved it… I would have loved to take lessons or something like that. A song can move me in such deep levels… Thank you for sharing, hun… Sending much love. 😉 ❤

    • OH I love when you share songs on Twitter, Aqui. I’ve discovered some songs from your Tweets. Great re YouTube on your TV too. It’s neat that Lana del Rey confirmed our twin image yesterday, by the way 😉 Much love to you too ❤ Thanks for the comments here!!

  3. Awesome article! I was working on my portfolio today and did quick search query to get the logos of the two record companies I was signed to in the early 90s…(once a writer you’re always a writer of all types of content.)

    Also
    If you don’t mind I’d like to offer this for your gig/studio/distribution section: – Record your live performances and post to your website ,YouTube , snap chat or any social networking platform that has live and video capabilities. Independent recording artists can gain a following from the exposure and record company executives adore new artists with a built-in fan base.

    • That’s awesome additional information, Mel! If you’re like to write a short follow-up post about this, feel free to write me through my Contact page here at the blog. I’d link back to your blog in the post. Awesome to learn about your music background 🙂

      • Thank You for your generosity… You’ve nailed majority of the “journey” – – if we had social media back then, it would have given our career the boost we needed before we “aged” out. 😊

  4. I love this read and that it offers realistic ways to make money as an artist. Anyone aiming to succeed can accomplish them. Sharing with friends. I’m a music critic.

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  6. You should definitely check out aggregators like CD Baby! They are definitely worth mentioning, I used CD Baby myself and I’m thrilled with how it turned out, and with current changes makes CD’s and hard copies becoming less relevant to masses, aggregators are great source. Wonderful piece, it was very informative!

  7. I fancy playing a gig, though that won’t happen so soon, as I have not yet even done busking. Somehow I always get very scared. I have played on some music school gigs, though I’d like to arrange my own one. The thing is, I’m not too confident when playing and singing at the same time while people are observing me… Sounds very stupid, I just don’t know how to overcome these insecurities. Any advice on not being afraid? 😀

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