There are two type of music artists: ones that have the ability to make a good record, and the ones that do not.This includes one hit wonders, artists that can make hit records but never release an album as well as artists who just make money off sh*tty music because there's an audience for it.
One thing that you should always keep in mind, is that the music industry isn't for everybody. Recognizing your strengths is one thing... learning how to use your strengths is another. If you find yourself in the category of artists mentioned above, no worries my friend, there's still hope. There are many artists that have talent yet are unable to truly present a good record that an audience can buy into.
And that is okay... that is why there are songwriters, producers, engineers and even A&Rs. However if you feel like performing is truly something you are meant to do.Here are the 8 Hard Truths you need to know as an up and coming artist in the music industry:
1. Everyone may not like your music.
And they are not supposed to. As an artist, you cannot expect for everyone to understand your craft. Understand that some things are not for everybody.
2. You will spend a lot of money.
And that is expected. You have to pay for studio hours, music artwork, promotional services, performances and sometimes even appearances. If you do not have an investor, It is important that you get with a consultant or team to map out a budget. This is so you all can orchestrate who will be receiving the funds and why.
3. People will try to take advantage of you.
Since you are an upcoming artist people will underestimate you and test your knowledge. Now, all people are not out to get you, however if you plan on purchasing a service or doing a collaboration, make sure you have everything on paper.
4. You will receive advice that most times is not needed.
Just like some things are not for everybody, advice isn't either. Take in everything that individuals tell you, and correlate your own blueprint to make it work for you.
5. Everyone isn't willing to work with you.
And that is fine, there are stars that still suffer from this same issue. It's life, accept it and understand that on this road, you will receive way more no's than you hear yes's. Don't let that deter you from the bigger picture, there are many roads you can take to get to one destination.
6. It's not going to happen overnight.
Direction is so much more important than speed. Many people are going nowhere fast and you know why? You are too busy trying to do something quickly which takes away from the quality. Remember, this is your money, make every studio session count.
7. You will get discouraged or damn near want to quit.
No road is easy, you will doubt yourself, people will doubt you, people will let you down and things will happen. If this was easy, everyone would be doing it.
8. If you stay consistent and true to your craft, you will overcome it all.
Plain, and simple.
I hope this article helps you understand the road and some roadblocks you might encounter. This platform is to answer all the questions you've ever wondered and need answers to. So, if you're up for it, comment below or tweet me and let me know what's on your mind.