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How to Start
C HAPTER 1
In this Chapter, we’re going to go over how to make yourself
more visible by networking through different sources as a
songwriter. You’ll learn why your reputation and marketing skills
are CRUCIAL to climbing the industry ladder.
Secret Sauce for Success
WHY PUTTING TIME INTO
BUILDING CONNECTIONS VIA
IS YOUR SECRET SAUCE FOR
SUCCESS & RECOGNITION
#1 GOAL FOR
Making a career out of
songwriting it is easy nowadays
with the right tools and the right
Nowadays, social media makes it easy to
connect to anything and ANYONE
with so many available websites for collaborative
efforts and promotions- it would be absolutely silly to
NOT take advantage of all that is being offered.
Unfortunately, we as singers, CAN’T do it all. So we
have to be selective in how we delegate our time and
which projects to prioritize.
Your biggest and most effective marketing tool is all
about who you work with. Word of mouth will be
your BEST friend in building professional
relationships with producers and promoters. They
say it’s who you know... and that’s true. But unless
you’re getting out there and connecting with other
musicians, you’ll never get to KNOW anybody new!
So your first step in getting your songwriting career
to flourish is to extend your circle...
When you use your talents to serve and help other’s projects, you are not only
building your network for connections, you are also giving back to the world by
sharing your gifts.
Reasons you need to do more collaborations:
1.) You learn something new. Every time.
Whether you’re new to the music scene or been a pro for years, every time you work with someone, you
get exposed to experiences that you haven’t come across before. You learn about yourself and you learn
from the other person. Sometimes it will challenge you, and you have to attack each hurdle as a change to
2.) You open up doors that might not have been available
Luck strikes at different times for different people. Sometimes the magical
ingredient is working with the right person, who may be able to get you onto
that big promotional youtube page, or get your work signed onto a label that
they are in contact with. If you don’t make it happen, maybe your collab partner
3.) You increase your chances of meeting someone who will
give you your “big break”.
You never know what connections THAT other person might have. By opening
yourself up to a new network, you make yourself available to be seen by every one of THEIR followers,
fans, and professional connections.
4.) Everything is promotional
The more places your name is shown, the more promotion you’re getting (passively too, 100% free).
Working with lots of different people and being featured on their Soundclouds & YouTube videos
automatically promotes you across multiple networks just by being seen.
5.) You get better at what you do.
By stepping outside your comfort zone and working with different people, who have different tastes, and different needs, you
become a more versatile and well-rounded songwriter. The better you get at working quickly, with a huge repertoire of
experience, and are so well-versed in variety that you can work with practically anyone within the sub-genres: you become
invaluable. Plus singing more strengthens your voice.
6.) Reviews & testimonials are gold.
Social proof influences your credibility. When you get positive testimonials by a large amount of people, you instantly
communicate your value as a professional to people who haven’t even heard your work yet.
7.) Your communication & team-player skills increase
Remember when you were in kindergarten and “works well with others” counted as a grade on your report card? Yeah, well, in
life that counts too. The more practice you get at communicating your professional values (and personal ones) as well as being
able to handle constructive criticism & dish it out when you’re unhappy with a collaborative project- the better you get at not
only getting the desired result, but earning respect because you won’t sound vindictive or childish. Being able to communicate
well and be a good team player is so important in life, it’s no wonder they emphasized it in school when we were kids.
8.) You’ll get out of your head and off of your ego.
Don’t get me wrong- it’s still going to suck when you write something for someone else and they totally hate it (Well, hate is a
strong word, but when you put your ALL into your music and it gets rejected, it certainly feels that way) But that kind of knock
on the head is the kind of thing that kicks ego out of the equation entirely. It’s going to be very hard to survive in the music
industry if you take everything personal. Even small scale projects like collabs, removing your ego allows you to focus in on
what’s important- the music.
For the Solo Artist....
1.) Consider forming a team.
Someone to do your press, someone to do your
mixing, someone to book your shows, etc.
2.) Make deals with promoters.
There are sites you can pay for promotion, or you
can connect with people who run music sites/social
media accounts and form a strong professional
relationship with them.
3.) Challenge yourself.
Create a song a day challenge, or dabble in different
genres. Go to shows and observe the other artist
and see what works for them, try to implement new
techniques and break outside of your comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, it could open
doors for you that you never imagined possible.
4.) Get involved in local shows/churches,
sing anywhere you can.
The more experience you have performing the
better you will get at it, leave the home studio every
once and a while.
Where to go &
What to do
SOME LISTS AND PLACES
YOU CAN GO TO IN ORDER
TO FIND YOUR POTENTIAL
PARTNERS FOR COLLABS
PLUS SOME LEGAL ADVICE
PLACES TO FIND
Here is a list to find collaborative
partners for making music
My personal #1 spot to find & work with people. There are tons of opportunities to get your work heard. Add your songs
to groups for free promotion, and put in the title “SEEKING PRODUCER” or “SEEKING SINGER” so that you catch the
attention of those seeking. Comment, like, repost, and message other members. Build relationships and support others.
With the Pro account, you can see who’s been listening to your music and where it’s most played. This will help you
narrow down your target market and zone in on the people who are the most interested in you.