by J.P. Kallio
Hey it is that time again, here are this week’s musician quick tips,Part 33!! 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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Just do it
I am borrowing the famous catchphrase from Nike for this tip. I did an interview few days a go and in the interview this point came up, so I thought to share it with you here in bit more detail. When you first get into the music business, you are lost. You don’t even know where to start. And that is fine, as if you did, the lack of experience would definitely make you drop down to your knees in the first few steps. No one is great at something from the get go. So if it takes time to learn the trade, it is time you spend getting better at your music as well.
But when you have few years of experience under your belt, then it is time to get moving. And there are no short cuts, you just need to do it! You need to learn the business and just do it. “But surely great music is what it is all about?” I hear you say. Let me put it this way, you need to have great music. That is the starting point, but if you don’t also get good at the business, you don’t have much hope. I have seen artists with not so great music, but great understanding and knowledge of the business getting much further than artists with brilliant music but no business skills at all. So go out there and Just do it! Get your feet wet, fall down, get back up again and learn the business. Just do it.
Your own worst enemy
We are so quick at blaming others for the lack of our own success. The time is not right, people are not ready for my music, the system is corrupt, I can’t find people who have same work mentality… I’ve heard it all. In fact back in the day, I even used some of the same excuses. Now I know if something is wrong, the first place I look is the mirror.
Often the biggest limitations we face are the walls we built around us. If we think we cannot do something, the chances are we will not succeed. But if we focus on a positive approach to any task. If we approach it with a mind-set where anything is possible, we have much more likely to succeed. So don’t be your own worst enemy. Instead believe in your self.
Follow what others do
The first thing most of us do when we take on a new task is to look for advice. But unfortunately the advice given to us sometimes can only be a half truth. Too many people still today see their fellow musicians as a competition in the music business. I am a strong believer in you get what you give, and believe you me, there is enough room in the music business for all of us.
But to hack through the minefield of information I recommend a different approach. Follow what others do, learn how they operate. And figure out what parts of their operation would translate to yours. This does not mean you should not take others advice when they offer it. But always remember to do your own research and walk your own path. Follow what others do, not necessarily what they say.
Clear your mind
Most independent musicians suffer from an information overload. We are being offered information from every direction, some of it good, some people f it not so. You need to become good at filtering the information provided, but it can be hard from m time to time when the information just keeps coming.
That’s why I believe it is very important to clear your mind from time to time. Go spend some time in nature, get some fresh air, breath deep. Switch off from everything you are trying to do. Let your mind rest for a little awhile. This will help you to return on the information highway and deal with it all once again.
Let passion drive
When I was a young boy, I emerged my self into music. I absolutely fell in love with the guitar, and soon after it songwriting. I’d have guitar in my room just beside my bed, and often I’d be playing it well into the night. I had found the one thing that would shape the rest of my life. I had found my calling and I had the passion to drive me.
To do something with passion is what separates you from the rest. Passion is addictive, people will feel it coming through in what you do l. It is what makes people want to follow you and support you. So make sure you are passionate about what you do. Make sure you love what you do.