There’s all kinds of tips on how to start a band and making money doing music but we need to start at the very beginning for the aspiring artist.
First things first, you need to have a passion for music and for the instrument or the voice that you have. I’m not sure anyone ever gets to the point where they are done learning about their craft. If you are already learning music or singing then you have the authority to call yourself a musician. Go ahead and call yourself one. This might seem silly to verbally do but most of the challenge is being willing to start. Everyone has the opportunity to share their art and you need to commit to sharing the art that is inside of you.
I think it’s important to explain that when I say art I mean making a personal impact on other people. This concept goes a lot further than just music. You are not a robot, you’re a human being with experiences and art to share. You have a unique message that others may enjoy in any number of creative ways if you just decide to share it. So, share it!
The only way my band Cliftones got to where we did is because we just got started and shared our music with anyone who wanted it! We even gave it away! ‘Sharing your art’ is extremely simple but it really is not easy. Everytime you share your art you open yourself up to criticism and vulnerability. But, in order for you to improve as a person and learn and grow it is necessary. In fact, I believe my greatest bit of music industry advice is simply to share your art. The rest of the steps can be learned through trial and error but won’t be learned if you don’t just go for it.
About this Series:
The next two posts will answer the question: “sharing your music: what if it’s bad?” and “sharing your music: where do I share it?”.