Don’t just dream about success; work towards it. In this blog, I will be discussing some points for indie artists and indie bands to understand the importance of being professional in their work, in order to be successful. You should be able to sustain financially in the industry till money starts flowing in. For that you have to be mentally and financially prepared before you launch yourself.
There are certain limitations if you are working to be a star. People expect high quality and good work from a star performer. Be professional in posting your videos on your website or on YouTube and make sure they do not have disclaimer like ”voice is bad because I was unwell”. If you think they are not up to the mark, don’t publish them.
A website is the need of the generation. It provides authenticity to your work as an indie artist or indie band and this is where you can display your achievements for fans and bookers. So, make sure you have a website for your work or your band. There are many events in town where there is a requirement of a performer but they cannot afford one. In the initial years of your career don’t hold yourself back to perform in places where you do not get paid. These places are a good way for you to make yourself known. And if someone from the audience likes you, you also have a chance to grab a house-show which will get you some money to keep going.indie music
Most of the music festivals do not pay the budding artists for their performance. However, they are attended well and most of them have recognised indie music as a separate category, so you do not have to compete with existing and famous artists to get a spot in the budding artist or undiscovered talent category in those festivals. Be prompt to grab this opportunity and perform at a festival voluntarily, as this will a be a good chance for you to make more fans, if nothing else. If you have CD’s of your performance take them with you, to sell to anyone who would be interested. Do not forget to add your contact details and your web address. You never know when your CD might reach someone who has the capability to change your life!
As you climb up the ladder, do not forget that you are in here for mobey. Nothing comes for free not even art and music. For the sake of all the other indie artists, please start thinking of making money from art. When you are booked to perform at a venue, they earn profits from your performance. Why let them keep it all for themselves? Let those profits flow back to you. Try to make a new world where venues have to stop expecting free work from the artists.
Your appearance has an important part to play in your success. Talent has to be made visible in order to get noticed, otherwise it is a waste. Keep grooming your personality as you grow professionally. You have to have your own style which is impressive and unique which will keep your fans dreaming about you even after the performance. Dressing well is very important; better your looks and body language, bigger will be the fan following. During a performance, pay more attention to the young audience and focus on the opposite gender, you can also dedicate a song or some lines to them. These little things keep the audience engaged during the performance and will get you a gang of youth fans for later.
With quickly changing trends in the music industry, indie artists have to keep evolving constantly, in order to grow and sustain. Keep your eyes and ears open to anything trendy and add it to your music. A simple example of this is the success of the song ‘selfie’ by Chainsmokers. Nothing but the keyword is the reason behind the success of the song, because that’s what the youth is mad about these days- Selfies!