Entry #1 "Seriously?"
The first thing you need to do to succeed is TAKE YOURSELF SERIOUSLY!
If you don't take yourself seriously, no one will. I'm not saying
don't have fun with your music, but put 100% effort in everything you
do as a musician. Some of these ideas might seem obvious to some, and not so obvious to others. We all have to start somewhere, right?
Demo? Have you put your "demo" on bandcamp for all the world to hear?
No one takes "demos" seriously. Demos are reserved for fleshing out
song ideas and improving them for when you record the real album.
Don't call anything you release a "demo". Give it an album name!
Speaking of releasing albums: make it sound and look like a
professional album! Bad recordings garner no attention. In fact,
having a bad sounding record can hurt your career (if you don't take
your career seriously, no one will, remember?). Record your album
with a professional recording engineer. Have a producer help with the
songs. Have a pro mixing engineer mix it. Have a pro mastering
engineer master it. If you chose to record your album on your own,
have it professionally mixed and mastered. You'll thank yourself for this. Your great sounding record
will earn you far more fans, and will more likely get the attention of
record labels, than a subpar record. Remember, labels want artists
that already have great albums and a large fan base.
The artwork matters! No matter what people say, everyone judges a
book by its cover. Don't slap some cheesy font on a photo you took with your phone and call it an album cover. Sure, the phone photos are great for additional artwork, but not the cover. Having professional photographers and graphic designers do the artwork will attract more attention when selling it at your show, on digital retailers' websites, or in the hip record stores.
On the topic of shows: Be on time to your live shows, treat the venue staff with respect, and
don't trash the place or piss anyone off. If you behave
professionally you're more likely to be asked back and you'll start to
gain a reputation as a serious, upstanding artist.
Moral of the story: when you look like a serious, professional artist,
people are more likely to treat you as such.
Check back soon as I delve deeper into my "Artist Development" series.
Music, Voice, Podcast Recording
Location (Live) Recording
Live Sound Engineering
Audio for Film/Video
Pro Tools/Recording Lessons
Sound Design for Film/Video
T-Shirt Screen Printing
Album and Graphic Design
Band and Album Photography