How Musicians Can Avoid Burnout & Still Be Productive

A few months ago, I was on the verge of burnout. Maybe you can relate?

Feeling overwhelmed, like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, is quite common with musicians. After all, we are expected not only to perform and record, but also to book our shows, do all the marketing to get people to attend our shows, engage on social media, write songs, keep up with our song catalog & PRO administration, and a lot more.

Often, artists don’t recognize the signs of burnout until it’s too late to just “take a break.” They end up exhausted, jaded, and many actually give up on music (sometimes until the passion and drive kick back in, but sometimes for good!)

I want to help you recognize the signs of impending burnout so you can avoid full burnout. Once you know the signs, I’ll give you some simple changes you can make to turn it around and help you live a healthier, more balanced life without having to quit music.

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5 Nontraditional Ways To Promote Your Band

When I think of some of the most creative promotional strategies I’ve seen from emerging bands, none of them include posting about their shows/music nonstop on social media, shoving their CD in my face as I walk by them at a festival, or otherwise trying to harass me into listening to their music. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.

The most effective promotional strategies are the ones where the audience feels an honest and natural kinship with what’s happening. They don’t feel pressured or sold to, and the effects are subtle yet long lasting. That is almost always due to your promotional strategies being aligned with your brand.

So how can you do the same thing? The truth is that some of the best ideas will come through your own experiences and specific branding strategies. But if you’re feeling stuck, take a look at some of these ideas and let us know what some of your favorites have been!

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Why Keeping A Band Together Is So Difficult

Music is one of the world’s most beloved and widely consumed art forms. It can do things like help us sleep, cope with a breakup, and give us the boost energy we need to focus while working at a boring job. But as vital as music is, most non-musicians ever consider how incredibly hard it is to create––especially when multiple musicians are involved. There’s countless books and movies about bands because there’s an inherent drama involved with a small group of people trying to take on the world and make meaningful art together.

While the drama surrounding bands can be entertaining from the outside, relationship complications paired with a growing list of challenges brought on by the current state of the music industry can be hell to navigate if you happen to be in one. Great bands break up all the time seemingly out of nowhere, but there’s always a hidden story behind what groups of musicians face and why they can’t play music together anymore.

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Why Time Spent Practicing Is The Only Way You’ll Improve As A Songwriter

In an era where the promise of instant gratification seems to penetrate most aspects of our daily lives, it can be tempting to look to technology and branding for ways to help us create better music. But in truth, the only thing that will improve your songwriting is practice. Yes, there’s a ton of non-musical work that’s involved in sustaining a meaningful career in music, but when it comes down to the sheer art of creating new music out of nothing, the time spent experimenting and honing in your craft is the only thing that will help you get better at what you do.

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Why You Shouldn’t Rely On Crowdfunding For All Of Your Releases

Crowdfunding is an excellent way to promote new music and to help fund it at the same time. Platforms designed to reach friends, family and fans make it easy for artists to reach out to their community and ask for their help in turning a musical vision into a reality. But while crowdfunding has no doubt now helped countless musicians create and release music, it’s a bad idea to rely on it every time you decide to put out new music. Here are a couple of reasons why:

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Artist Interview: How Skrizzy Got Signed To Radar Live

Skrizzy is a hip hop artist from L.A., who coined his own genre of music called Trill and B. He started performing and recording music at the age of 14.

Skrizzy recently signed to Radar Live (who’ve worked with artists such as Buju Banton, Gucci Mane, FreeBandz, and more) through one of our opportunities.

Check out the interview below where he talks about the struggles he faced as a DIY artist, how he generated buzz and got his name out there, and much more.

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5 Ways To Engage Fans On Social Media

When it comes to getting in front of your fans and making them feel valued, social media is the next best thing to face-to-face interactions. It’s your opportunity to connect with your fans in a way that is 100% real, raw, and candid. While that might seem scary at first, the reality is that the more vulnerability you show your fans, the more you’ll find they connect with you.

People just want to feel understood and they’re naturally attracted to those that express the same struggles, joys, and feelings they do—so the more you’re able to show that on your social media, the stronger the connection.

So how exactly do you go about that?

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How To Play Your Best In Front Of An Unresponsive Crowd

Playing your heart out in front of an uninterested crowd is an awkward, nightmarish situation that most musicians have experienced at least a of couple times during their careers. The unwritten deal that many artists think they’re agreeing to when they perform is that if they play well, the crowd will thank them for it with their attention and an enthusiastic response. But like lots of music out there, every performance situation is complicated. Here are some tips on how to play your best in front of an unresponsive crowd:

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