The world of music was earlier not much difficult to get a grab on but now as each industry is facing huge competition, music business is no simpler for musicians too. A variety of factors would affect your position in your music industry and to gain popularity and fans is not essentially same as it was before. The story is all different now and with each passing year, this industry it becoming more unpredictable. When we had talks with various famous musicians as well as some average performers, we saw difference of perspectives, aims and efforts that makes one a rock star whereas other ends up performing for small gatherings only. Thus what makes a musician successful? Here we are going to share some tips that have been referenced from opinions and experiences of musicians.
Question to ask yourself:
Before we actually begin on giving details on formula for becoming a successful musician, here is one question that you should ask yourself before actually beginning the journey.
Why do you want to become a musician?
There could be different answers to this question.
You may want to become a musician:
- To gain fame,
- To earn money, or
- You have a passion for music.
If answer to this question is one from the first two options, you may end up being an average professional musician. When you have aim of making money, you will just focus on increasing your bank account and thus would rather be a better businessman than a musician. You may become rich but not a successful musician. If you are following your passion for music; nothing will stop you in becoming a successful musician and that would be a meaningful and soulful real success.
Becoming a Successful Musician:
Be Firm with your Ultimate Goal:
As you begin your journey as a musician with an ultimate goal of becoming most successful musician, just keep on reminding yourself that you have no other option. You have to do everything to reach your goal. You may not earn some good money and would not become popular overnight. You may have to work harder to meet your basic needs and for following your passion, just be firm and focused. Never give up! Once you dive in the sea of music, the only way is to learn to swim to successfully cross it.
Educate yourself in the Field:
While you work for becoming a successful musician, you would need to carry out various tasks involved in music making on your own. For that it is important to educate yourself in the field of music. This is essential for filling in roles for a lot of work that would be involved in the process of creating, releasing and promoting music. If you are capable of handling multiple tasks on your own, you will end up saving a lot of income that you may had to spend for salaries otherwise.
Work Hard with Consistency:
You simply cannot do well in music industry without consistent hard work and a positive attitude. Careers are not made overnight and this you would know when you learn about background of successful people in the field. No one has just woken up with a dream of becoming a successful musician and have instantly ruled over charts. It takes time, hard work, patience, consistency and a positive attitude. All these characteristics together will aid you in gaining a stable place in industry.
Promote your Music and Let Audiences Make their Choice:
People would not know about your music until you tell them. This would happen with the aid of live shows/performances, CD releases, uploading videos and other methods of marketing your music. Though you don’t need to praise your own music but let people make their choice. Today you have advantage of social media platforms, YouTube and other online platforms where you can give your music a global exposure. Let people know about you and as they will listen to your music they will decide whether they like it or not. You may pitch your music well but telling people that it is great would not actually help.
A successful musician is one who is versatile. If you are performing or composing only one type of songs, you are not only focusing on a niche target market but you may lose your fans out of boredom with repeated melodies and rhythms. Rather make yourself versatile by experimenting different genre and make yourself sound unique with each different performance. A mix of everything would give you a huge fan base and it is the key to success.
Avoid Repeating Mistakes:
It would be foolish if every time you leave working on your chords and yet expect improved and melodious performance. Repeating same mistakes could not give you better results rather would end up in frustration. Rather learn from mistakes and challenge yourself to never repeat them.
Beware of Terms and Processes of Music Industry:
In order to be a successful musician, you need to understand how music industry is functioning and in what direction it is moving? You should be well aware of the environment and how to work with professionalism? All these aspects are critical so gain as much information as possible at an early stage about terms and functionality of music industry and follow it with strict compliance.
Stay Connected with your Fans:
Your music and your fans are your lifeline and with social media now it is much easier than it ever was to stay connected with your fans. Some musicians usually fail at gaining success even with good musical sense just because they remain stubborn and are in no way interested in getting connected to their fans. For those who want to be successful, you should connect with your fans as they are the ones who make you popular, buy your music, listen and appreciate it. The connection between music, you and your fans is always direct and so you must not ignore it.
If you really want to become a successful musician, the theme is to love playing music, appreciate it, dedicate your life and efforts for it and adore it. Soon you will find yourself turned in to a successful musician along with becoming a better person from inside out. With music, comes inner satisfaction, inner beauty, success, money, fame and everything that you would like to have for yourself. So put all your efforts in loving the instrument that you play and make consistent efforts for making improvements.