The Indie Artist Revolution
Have you ever watched a musician and wondered what inspires them to make music or what is in their heads? I can’t tell you personally, but I have been watching for decades and I believe it is important for you to understand that it is not always easy being an Indie Rock Star, or even a musician. There are many ups and downs. For example, we all go through periods of questioning whether we even want to make music, let alone put our energy into a project. We are faced with truly staggering amounts of pressure. Where does this pressure come from? From individuals trying to make it on their own? Or is there a type of global force crippling the morale of aspiring artists?
I believe that the individual artist must obtain all the helpful tools that they need because there are forces that are trying to hold you back. The Internet has become a horizontal communication tool for everyone and has filtered into every aspect of life. It should never be forgotten that the Internet is a place for the people to connect and create from. However, there still exists a very large distribution system that individuals must take advantage of.
As an individual artist, you have a few different options in mind for how you choose to get yourself started in the distribution game.
1) Use a 3rd party service
There are still many artists who believe that they need to do everything themselves. Whether they are doing a full album or just releasing a couple of songs, they still need to promote themselves and market themselves. These are the types of people who are going to utilize the services of a 3rd party. Some examples of this are iTunes, MySpace, Amazon, and others. Artists who want to get into the online distribution game need a 3rd party service. There are advantages to utilizing a 3rd party:
You have a more established artist. As an artist you have more at your disposal.b) You can easily receive product featuring your songsc) You can feature your songs on sites such as Pandora, CD Baby, and others
2) Be resident of a Caribbean country
Being a frustrated musician on a quest for ultimate success in the music industry can help you appreciate a beautiful and relaxing place (yes, such a place does exist). I am not exaggerating when I say that. When you incorporate a Caribbean country in your marketing efforts you can easily achieve your ultimate goals. If you want to have an easy route to success, be a resident of the Caribbean! There are a lot of reasons why people choose to stay there. It could be the sunny weather, seclusion from the outside world, vast forests, gorgeous beaches, warm weather and clear nights. Or you can even include what it is like to live there as a reason to stay there.
3) Be famous at work
There are many instances in life when you have to be happy with your decisions. If you are making a list of things that you want to do over the next 10 years, then I am sure you will realize that “being famous” is not on your list! There are too many distractions in life for you to be able to focus. However, being famous is not impossible. There are a few things that you can do right now, that will help you along the way. D Bad Geoff Songwriter has been thinking about this for years and he even calls his songwriting service “Bad Geoff, Music Connection.” Check out his new book “You are Geoff – Creating Geoff.” This book is packed with information and tips to help you get started.
4) Get a Caribbean All-Star to travel and promote your music
if you are interested in travel and adventure, then you need to contact the resident All-Star, your music ambassador to get yourself on the line. There are few things that you can do right now, that will help you along this road. i) arrange an all-star meeting to discuss your career.ii) arrange a meeting with the star personally to pitch your music.iii) you can even pitch your music the star.iv) You can create a video for the star.
These are just a few ideas to help you get started in direct approach with the star. But by no means the only ways to get close to the star. There are many other things that you can do.
The main thing is to never ever give up. But you got to have thick skin. It’s like the arty words, “thick skin.” Write all day. Scratch out 10 times a day. For God’s sake, why even think about walking outside of your house. Why not just stare at the stars? Stay focused on that one thing that you set out to do. If you set out to go somewhere and you don’t make it, then it’s not worth it.
And that brings us back to the Beyonce example. Beyonce started by writing all different kinds of songs.