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.