by J.P. Kallio
Hey it is that time again, here are this week’s musician quick tips,Part 32!! In my nearly two decades as a full time musician I have learned a thing or two about this business. I also have become very fast at assessing what works and what does not when it comes to promoting, recording and performing your music.
These quick tips are simple actions that you can put to use straight away
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My new album ‘I Believe In You’ and you can check it out HERE
I have been working bit differently this year. Last year I had a new album out about every twelve weeks. But this year I decided to concentrate more on the singles. Soon after my last album “After the Storm” every song has been available for a download from my Bandcamp page on the day I posed them on my blog. So I now have quite few songs, that I have acoustic versions recorded, but waiting for some additional instruments. I do have some budget related restrictions that are slowing me down. But at the same time there were some songs that were always supposed to be just the acoustic guitar and me… And today, a selection of those songs are out as an album titled “I Believe In You.”
So if you are more of an album person (I know I am,) it is available on iTunes, Amazon and pretty much any bigger online download store. It will also be available to stream on Apple music, Spotify and most other streaming sites. I decided against doing a big PR campaign for the album, as my focus is more on the singles themselves, but you can help me to spread the word by sharing the album on your social media sites.
But for now, here are the fresh tips!
Reward your work
When it comes to your work, there is a fine line between doing a great job and thinking you are great. One of them make you work harder than the other. If you work hard, it can have a great results. Rarely the fact that you are great (which you are by the way) will result in great things alone. Think about this for a second.
I am a strong believer that we should try to be the best version of our selves, more than anything else. But this can only happen though actions. Through hard work. So when you work hard, set your self goals, and reward your self when you reach the goal. This will reinforce you to work even harder in the future.
And even though it is a good thing to have self belief, be aware of the fact that you are great will not do the work for you. There is no substitute for hard work, and it should be rewarded.
No limits for inspiration
Inspiration can hide in many forms, and often our own preconceptions can get on the way. Open your mind past the music or art you are a fan of. From time to time, listen to music you are not a big fan of, you might be surprised how this can trigger creativity in your mind.
We can get so wrapped up on the scene we are part of, or the type of music we love. This is like being trapped in a time warp. Music is a living, breathing thing and by its nature it evolves. Be part of that process, rather than try to fight it.
Let the world around you inspire you. Expose your self to many forms of art, the weirder he better. Inspiration is all around us and waiting for you to grab it and turn it in to something wonderful. Don’t wait around for it to find you, go after it.
I am not going to pretend that it is easy. And it might take a long time before you get a hang of it. So you might as well start today, as life will not wait around for the stars to align. Be fearless, take the world by its horns and follow your heart. There will be people telling you it cannot be done. There will be people telling you that you are mad. But if you lines to them, you have already lost the game.
Be fearless. Find the path that others have not yet traveled. Be brave to make your won path. Take risks, with your music, with your art and with your business. Be fearless, believe in yourself! Only you can make it happen, and the only way its can happen is if you are brave enough to do something new. Don’t worry it can be inspired by those who did it before, but make it your own. Be fearless.
Show me the money
Don’t pay for any service that asks for advance payment. There I said it! There are too many cowboys out there in the music business waiting to take your money and run, or do a half ass job. I know there are exceptions here, but in general, you should always make sure what ever someone is saying they are going to do for you is done before you pay for it.
There seem to be a mentality in the music business, where the artist needs to pay to get ahead. I have no problem paying for services, but only after you deliver the service. That is the way things are pretty much in any field of business. And as long as artists are willing to pay in advance, there will always be some one trying to take advantage of this situation.
So by sticking together we can change this. If we all demand the service delivered before we pay, all these companies making money out of the artist will need to change their business model. Be smart with your money.
OK, I’ll admit it, I’m a workaholic. The difference these days is that I got better at time management, still a long way to go, and I realise that I am a workaholic. The importance of realising this has helped me to understand the importance of taking time to stop. I take time to switch off from my hectic workload even for a few minutes, and when I come back to it, I actually work more efficiently.
But also from time to time you need to take a longer break, few days or even few weeks. And for me the most portent thing is to get out of my everyday surroundings. This is what I call charging the batteries… So never think that you don’t have time to take a break. The longer you work non stop, the worse your productivity and efficiency will become. Take time to stop.