If you’re looking for a record deal or not, you still want to be able to call yourself a successful musician. If you don’t than you wouldn’t be reading this blog. We have a few tips for what you need to do to be successful.
What professionals in the music industry are looking for when they look at your band is if you have an established fan base. They want to make sure that you can pack a venue, sell CDs, merch, etc. Remember, you are a business and if they are going to invest their time and money in you, they want to know that they will be able to get something back in return. No one will be doing you any favors. You can continue to grow your fan base through promotion and playing shows. The more people you attract to your music, the better you will look to music industry professionals. So keep plugging your band and your music every chance that you can. It will look good for you no matter what your goals are. Have a great fan base is one of the most important things for a band.
We have said it before. Your band is a brand and you need to establish it well and keep it going. If you don’t have a record label to back you, you have a lot more work on your plate. We can’t stress how important it is to keep your brand strong if you want to be successful. A huge tip that we can offer you is to trademark your band name. It can be complicated to figure it out on your own, so consult a lawyer for help. It will protect you down the road if someone else forms a band with your name. If they trademark it before you do, you will be forced to brand your band from scratch. That is a tough thing to do if you are already established. You don’t want to confuse your fans and lose the name you worked so hard to build up, so protect yourself.
Yes, people pride themselves on being true independent musicians, but at some point if you really want to break into the mainstream, you are going to have to put together a team. You should look for a booking agent (to get you into bigger and better shows), a manager, a publicist, an accountant and a lawyer. Again, this is all to further your career in ways that you most likely won’t be able to do on your own. If you can do all of this on your own, congratulations, but you should still probably get a lawyer and a manager to keep things running smoothly.
In order to be successful you need to understand patience. Nothing good happens over night. Nothing that is going to last happens over night. It’s going to be a rough, but fun road. You just need to stay focused on your goals and remain positive if things may not be moving as quickly as you would like them. As long as you are making some sort of progress, you are doing alright for yourself. Take the time to evaluate what is working and what isn’t. Do as much research as you can to educate yourself on everything that is involved in the industry so you won’t feel like you’re in the dark when things really start to happen for you.