We study and practice. Yet the question remains, “What now?” How do I make a musical connection to others? How do I apply my skills to real-world experiences? It’s frustrating that the craft of drumming, and the landscape of the music business is not an exact science. But there are things you can do; steps you can take; and changes you can implement to take you out of the practice room and into the music business. Let’s start by planning and then by taking a look at your goals.
Examine your musical and professional experiences and goals. Where are
you in your music career? How many shows do you play a year? Do you have the
network you need to achieve your goals? Do you have any network at all? What do
you want to be doing next month or next year? Are you on the outside looking
in? If so, what must change? This type of personal assessment will be different
for everyone depending on your hopes and dreams. Allow yourself the time for
this evaluation. Perhaps even do some research. Be very clear about the type of
drummer you are, and the types of playing at which you shine. Taking an honest look at your present situation
will save time now and perhaps avoid future disappointment. It will also pave
the way for your next step.
Find your pigeonhole.
Have a concise, truthful answer prepared to the “What kind of
drummer are you?” question. Once you’ve decided, stick to the answer and
tell people that answer when they ask! For drummers, this seems to go against
our very core. We are taught to be well rounded and versatile. We should be
open to many musical styles. However, it is also important to …
organization owners, managers and musicians network, but probably essentially
the most tedious networking job is the fact that of someone in the music
organization. The majority of us are guilty of clutter and disorganization on
the subject of networking within the music sector, so listed here are some tips
on obtaining it carried out effectively.
The very first thing you should do is possess a clear reduce target. I can’t tell just how much this tends to make all of the sense on the planet for networking within the music small business. You will need to create down your goal. I know you might believe it really is just a waste of time but unless you do that, you aren’t really serious. I’m not speaking on a life purpose, I mean your aim for networking. An excellent location to start is ask your self this question: What do I desire to achieve with my music company networking? Is it getting in your favourite television show. Then you want to make contact with that show or come across a booking agent. You don’t want 50 organization cards from barber shops so you are able to place out fliers unless your objective is: Receiving persons to hear and study your name.
want to start to organize your self. Exactly where do your critical business
cards go whenever you get them? On a table, inside a drawer, below the bed,
that is not organized. You might want to maintain them in a binder. Any office
retailer sells business enterprise card holder slides. Only preserve cards
inside your folder that have a direct relation to what you need to complete in
the music business. It’s a good notion to possess someone kind up the e mail
addresses in …
Have you ever
noticed how some bands seem to perpetually move forward in their careers,
seemingly with ease, while other bands remain stagnant with no real progress
for years or they make one good album and then disappear from the scene? It may
be more than simple luck. It could be their approach to their music careers and
As a musician who wants to be one of the success stories, instead of the forgotten failures, it’s important to learn all you can about what makes great musicians so great so let’s take a few minutes to consider one of the things that great bands have in common… Setting goals.
In the music world
participant has a goal or two. The problem is most of them are so vague, they
are inherently unreachable. It isn’t because the goal that is set is too
difficult. It’s because the mindset necessary to reach the goal wasn’t
incorporated in setting it.
if you walked
into a room with fifty musicians and asked them what their goals as musicians
were, you would get fifty answers. You would probably hear at least half of
them say, “I want to get a recording contract.” That’s a great goal.
We all want that. We know there are recording contracts out there because we
have seen other people get them. Unfortunately, the group that says “I want
a recording contract.” and leaves off there is probably never going to see
a recording contract of their own. Why? Because they weren’t specific about
their goal. They set a goal but they didn’t take it any farther.
In that same group
probably get another twenty folks who say, “I want a recording contract
this year.” and they stop there. Is it better? Yes, …
Recently I watched a documentary around the famous UK no-frills airline owned by Sir Freddie Laker along with the ensuing troubles that brought the enterprise to a standstill. 1 could instinctively ask what this has to do with the music business enterprise but the challenges faced by Skytrain are extremely similar to these faced by sections of your music small business.
Quite a few
within the music business enterprise can constantly discover from other
industries by seeking to understand the essential challenges, company ethics,
successes as well as other aspects that make an industry great.
certainly one of the major music business distributors went into bankruptcy
producing about 400 labels homeless. At the identical time SPV, a leading
distributor in Germany among the major territories from the globe also cried
out to be rescued. As someone who has worked inside an independent distribution
business, the places of problems will likely be very close for the money flow
concerns because the crucial cause for their demise. Incidentally Skytrain also
suffered from equivalent problems.
So what would be
the big problems to watch out for inside a music enterprise that were also
similar to the way Skytrain went out of company?
Money flow. Sir
Freddie Laker’s Skytrain ran into issues when it could no longer spend its
bills as a result of several cashflow challenges. This coupled with all the
fact that they kind of borrowing incurred by the firm of a kind that could
possibly be demanded within days. When this demand was placed the business was
unable to meet its immediate debts.
In the exact
same way, distributors are usually subject to long credit periods taken (not
provided) by the independent shops who also struggle to maintain up with all
the download market. As a matter of …
teaching your passion? Whether it is guitar or piano or drums, you love the
idea of novice music enthusiasts becoming pro in their instruments and giving
you the credit for the same? You enjoy seeing the satisfaction on their face
when they can master a chord? Well then you are on the right side of this noble
profession of teaching music. But you need to know that you have to also think
of it as a business and cannot afford to be unprofessional about it. Here are
some tips you can follow to make it work for you.
First have professional settings. This means that if you have a brick and mortar class make sure that the facilities and the instruments you have meet the requirements of your students. Build a proper studio, with right type of acoustics and all the instruments in good shape. Have proper sitting arrangements for students waiting for their lessons and get an administrator to arrange and organise things while you concentrate on teaching your students. It might sound a lot of cost, but if you think properly it might not turn out to be as costly as you think. Being a musician I’m assuming that you already have some form of facilities to support your passion. All you need to do is extend them to meet the requirements of your students.
Do not just
focus on teaching in the class. You need to reach out to all the students
worldwide. Internet has made world a very small place and you need to exploit
this avenue to the fullest. You can teach music to your students on the
internet either by selling your DVD’s and/or books to music enthusiasts or even
do online classes through Skype or Webex or WiQzi. There …