by J.P. Kallio
Here ere are this week’s Musician Quick Tips,Part 36!! 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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Once again I find my self writing you guys a quick tip from what’s going on in my own life right now … Well, at least it is honest… I have several things on a back burner at the moment, simply because I don’t have time to finish them right now. But the reality is, I work most days around the clock. So how do I make more time?
I make time by turning into a productivity ninja! I prioritize what I need to do right now, get them done as fast and as efficiently as possible, so that I can then have time to catch up on those things on the back burner. And yes, it does take discipline and hard work, but I believe I have warned you in the past how that is what it takes o make it int he music business. So what have you been meaning to do for ages, but just don’t find the time to do it? Make time for it!
So you all know by now that music business is no picnic in the park. To succeed you need to work hard. But here’s the thing, no matter how proud of your work you are today, there is someone else out there burning midnight oil in a hopes that those extra few hours will give them the competitive edge.
To succeed in this brutal business you need to work hard. You need to work hard today, right now. Not to plan for the hard work, but really make things happen every single day. And if you are in a band, make sure you pull your weight. There is nothing worse than band members trying to slack, while you work your ass off. Work hard!
Get good, Songwriting
As an independent artist, this is what it ultimately comes down to. You need to have songs, you need to have good original songs. And if you don’t own the rights to them, you are loosing a lot of potential income. So get good at songwriting.
Songwriting is not some sort of mystical art form, it is a craft. You learn it, you practice it, you fail at it, you try again and eventually you get good at it. There are no shortcuts, you don’t just magically wake up one morning and write your first song and that becomes a massive hit and lives from generation to generation. Sure with enough money you can get anything to the top of the charts, but to write something that can stand the test of time, it takes a lot of work. So start today, get good at songwriting, no mater how long it takes.
I have written several blog posts on the subject of songwriting, which are as good place to get started as any. Check them out HERE
Never too late
Unless you are laying on your dying bed, given only months or weeks to live, it is never too late to start something new. I often hear people ask me what age I was when I started to play guitar. And if I tell them I was 10 when I first started, they automatically take it as the reason I am so confident on the instrument. Sure the years help, but I know guitarists who have played only fraction of the time I have and they give me run for their money.
Using age as an excuse for not starting something new is just that, an excuse. My grandfather started to build model boats when he retired. In his own words he just wanted to “show them how its done.” With in a few years he went on to win several awards at the Model expo in Helsinki. And I can tell you his work is unbelievably detailed. So if my grandfather can start something new, so can you.
“I would like to be a musician, but now I am too old.” I’ve actually heard people barely 30 saying this to me. How bout Seasick Steve? He only made his break through what he was 65 years old. So stop giving me excuses, experience always wins, as long as it is harnessed with positive attitude. It is never too late.
Adapt to change
We live in a world that changes faster than ever before. What was new technology ten years ago, we are now ready to put in the museum. What we thought was healthy diet fifteen years ago, has been proven to be completely wrong. In fact it has been proven to be making us sick! And then there is the music business.
In today’s music business you need to be on your toes. You need to adapt and learn every day, as there is no set model the way there was in the past. In fact, we have now learned that the artist has been taken for a fool for years by the major labels. But the new dawn of the music business is here and it is looking brighter than ever before.
Adapt to change. If something was certain way ten years ago, five years ago, last year, or even last month, don’t just assume that it’s the way it still is. Keep your eyes and ears open, and adapt to change. It’s the artists who are willing to adapt to the changes that will have future, not the ones who insist on sticking to the way things used to be.