In recent times, solo artists have been making great strides in the music industry – more so than group bands. But like any other new career, breaking into the music industry can be both exhilarating and daunting. It's difficult enough for bands to breakthrough and twice as challenging when going solo. You'll need a solid plan, a lot of determination, and the right skill set to help you establish yourself in this very competitive industry. So, if you’re considering starting your own solo music career, here are five tips that can help you.
Almost every music artist has a unique sound about them that makes them distinct and easily recognizable. Whether it's the voice, beats, genre, theme, or preferred instrument, you can easily recognize who the artiste is by their work. And these are the building blocks of their brand. You can do something similar, so feel free to consider this. What type of music appeals more to you? What types of songs can you write easily? What type of crowd do you want to connect with? The answers to these questions will help you make an informed decision.
Figure out your place in the music industry
The music industry is home to people with diverse interests in talents, and you need to figure out where you fit in. For example, do you want to be a songwriter, a singer, a recorder, or a producer? Do you want to be a backup performer or prefer playing instruments? Answering questions like these can help you find your place. And there's more than enough room for you to succeed, regardless of what role you choose to play in the industry.
Build your online presence
Thanks to various online platforms, it's easier than ever to build a solid following, even if you're new on the scene. Gone are the days when you must chase media houses to publish your work. Today, you can upload it on the right digital platform and earn from it. Platforms like YouTube, SoundCloud, and Spotify can help you build a loyal online following. You can share important updates, engage with them, and even book for shows. But it's also important to have a website as early as possible to give you a more professional look and attract serious investors.
Master an instrument
Regardless of the type of music career you want (singer, songwriter, rapper, or sound engineer), it helps to know how to play at least one musical instrument to add different dimensions to your craft. This makes it easier to try different genres and collaborate with other musicians. It will also give you credibility, making your fans and other industry professionals take you more seriously. Playing an instrument will also ensure you don't limit yourself. Even if you can't afford an instrument upfront, you can always use instrument rental services to acquire and learn how to play one.
Hone your live performance skills
You never know when you may land your first gig as a musician, even if it's a small gathering. So start working on your live performance skills immediately. The last thing you want is to be booked for your first live show and mess it up because of poor preparation. That alone can easily derail your career. Also, captivating live performances can make a lasting impact on your audience, helping you stand out as a solo artist. So take the time to work on your stage presence and connection with the audience.