11 Oct The 8 Worst Mistakes that Musicians Make – Part 2
As promised, what follows is the second half of our two-part post covering 8 of the most common and dangerous mistakes musicians make. Keep yourself out of harm’s way using this as a guide and you’ll find it much easier to stay on the straight and narrow:
- Prioritising other things over the quality of your tracks:
Over everything, focus on producing the best tracks that you possibly can. Ultimately, your fans support you because they like your music. In order to ensure that you maintain the fan-base you already have, it is crucial to sustain the consistent quality of your music. If you let other factors distract you and hinder the quality of your production, fans may quickly lose interest.
- Trying to convince people that your music is good.
‘The proof is in the pudding’. If you get to the stage where you can hire a good PR guy, people will be listening to your music. Particularly with the media and press, they will know whether what they’re listening to will suit their publication. With their years of experience, they will know what good music sounds like. Again, your job isn’t to prove that your music is good, but to make it the best that it can be.
- Not enough cashflow to support your music career:
Like it or not, it takes money to build a music career. Even if other people/companies are paying for your record, tour support, merchandise and so on, you still need to have the freedom to pursue opportunities as they come. Sadly, many musicians miss opportunities because they can’t afford to take advantage of them. In addition to a decent income, you also need the flexibility of being able to take time away from that income source to go into the studio, go on tour etc.
- Not having a brand that is cohesive with your music:
Your music brand is your image and you must uphold it when in the public eye at all times. You appeal to and influence your fans through your image – undermining the brand that you have built may well contribute to the detriment of your success. You need to think about who you are and how you want to be perceived. It’s like they say; it’s not enough to just put out art, you need to LIVE and BE the art you produce