agreed with all of you.
Label stuff aside, let's get back to the original topic: tips to spread the word, to get a buzz around your name.
I'm not so sure btw that making top quality music (I'm not only making this thread for me, so I'm not pretending to be an awesome producer
) guarantees big label releases and international parties like some of you think.
I honestly think that is only truth when you make mainstream commercial stuff (in most of the cases) .
Again, I know people who make awesome professionally sounding music but because they're not promoting themselves well enough, nobody knows them.
They create a buzz of course but it stays rather local and they're trying to connect with the right people, trying to find how to get more known.
So here are the tips so far:
beats me wrote:You need to play live and/or DJ and that's where it starts.
Donnie wrote:Try to get a little more viral on Soundcloud etc. Follow others, pass your tracks around, join groups and get others listening to your music. Sure performing is a big part of it, and even having small gigs means you are starting to get out there, but 'getting zero listens' is a completely different problem. In the end if people start to notice your music artists and labels will too.
8O wrote:Sarrova-Q - you definitely need a huge banner image and link to your music in your forum signature... that's the key to artistic, personal and sexual success...
^ More as a joke, but there's some truth in it you know
am wrote:the thing that labels have going for them is a track record of promotion.... but if you believe your music is awesome, why not just hire a publicist who has a track record of doing publicity for artists in a similar genre to your own? There are plenty of people (usually ex-label promo people) who you can pay to do this for you.
It's best to have something substantial to publicise like an album release, tour and video, and have all the necessary promotional tools to go with it: art/photo/media releases etc... and a story that blogs/media can connect to.
See? This is what makes it a perfect thread for later reference.
I'm sure I will not be the only one that wants to know more about promoting your stuff / networking / how to get more involved in todays music industry.
- but it seems some people are afraid to ask how to do this thinking that other people will see them as total beginners
I think that's a wrong attitude. I'm willing to learn from anybody who has some good advice.
Thanks so far for all these great tips and keep them coming!
Oh and I really hope you guys don't think I'm imagining myself as the next big producer that wants to be famous and make lots of money LOL
I know it has to start somewhere, and again this thread should be for all people who don't have a clue how to promote themselves.
And I assure you - promoting your music is important - even if your music is top quality.
Oh and I know there are way too many beginning artists screaming they're the next big thing so maybe that's why this thread can bring up some mixed feelings and strong reactions?
Anyway, moving on ...
One thing I'm still questioning is if a producer also needs to be able to to DJ sets?
Because it's much easier to get booked as a DJ and that can be good on itself to promote your own music not?