How Rejection Can Be Used As A Tool For Success In Music

Most musicians know that rejection is part and parcel of working creatively in any medium, but that doesn’t make the sting any less discouraging when things don’t go your way. Whether it’s being turned down for a show or releasing music that listeners don’t seem to resonate with, some artists experience rejection so acute and devastating that it causes them to stop making music altogether. But while nothing can remove the pain a musician feels when things don’t go the way they’d hoped, all creatives can––eventually must––use rejection as a tool for success and artistic survival.

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Why Musicians Should Care About Making Money

For some reason, the idea that music should be completely separated from money is one that just won’t die within our culture. Some musicians and fans alike hold the belief that music somehow loses its purity once it begins earning someone money. But while that idea is obviously wrong, it’s one that manages to persist and thwart the careers of lots of talented artists. Here’s why all musicians should be invested in making money off of their hard work:

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Why Writing Record Labels Won’t Help Your Band Get Signed

For new, undiscovered bands, there’s nothing more exciting than releasing new music and truly believing in its potential. Every great, insanely successful artist has been in the position of taking the time, money, and emotional investment of making music without ever knowing if anyone in the world would bother to listen to it. But as nice as the idea of getting the attention of record labels with unsolicited songs is, it just doesn’t work for the massive majority of artists who bother to. Here’s why:

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How To Delegate Tasks And Work As A Team

When I first started my company, I did everything myself. Emails, press releases, blog posts, social media posts, artist discovery, and a million other tasks that not only filled me with dread, but completely drained my energy. By year two, I was a walking zombie. I was irritable most of the time, and I was incredibly tired and overworked. Worse yet, I had done this to myself! It was a prison of my own making.

When you’re in a band, it can become easy to default all or most of the tasks to just one or two people and let them carry the bulk of it. It’s one of those things that tends to happen naturally because someone is really good at a certain task, or takes the initiative before anyone else, and before you know it, one person is doing everything from booking to press to social media. But not only will that burn them out over time, it’s completely ineffective and unsustainable. Just because someone can do something, doesn’t mean they should.

If you’re the person who is already doing everything for your band, the first step is getting comfortable delegating tasks to them, and letting them know it’s time to share the workload. If you’re one of the band members who hasn’t been picking up their share of the slack, here’s how you can start.

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Trust In Your Own Process: Meet Fly By Midnight

Retro pop duo Fly By Midnight (Justin and Slavo) formed after a casual songwriting session in their NY based studio. After collaborating on several projects, they saw an undeniable potential for combining their talents.

Fly By Midnight recently submitted their song to one of our opportunities where they were picked from thousands of artists to perform at the Firefly Music Festival.

They just released their brand new single “Just Say It” and we’re excited to share their brand new video here on the ReverbNation blog along with an interview where we spoke to them about how they got started, how they built their brand, and what’s next for Fly By Midnight. Check it out below.

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Why Healthy Habits Will Make You A Better Musician

For about as long as musicians have been writing music and performing, the world of music has been synonymous with things like terrible diets, late nights, and copious amounts of booze and drugs. But while unhealthy lifestyles make for good television, they can be hell on a musician’s body. If making and performing music is something you plan on doing for the rest of your life, the bad habits you form now could keep you from being your best, or stop you in your tracks completely. It’s not sexy, but learning how to take care of yourself will make you a better musician.

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How Nakuu Signed To CI Records

Nakuu is an R&B/Soul artist from York, PA. He started performing at his church at the age of seven. By thirteen, he was writing and producing his own songs.

His smooth vocals and rapping style came from a combination of his mother’s vocal talents and father’s musical abilities, who sung and played keyboard in The S.O.S. Band, and influenced by Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.

Nakuu was recently signed to CI Records through one of our opportunities, which coincidentally they had seen him perform previously.

“Looking back, we had seen Nakuu’s name around a couple times; when he submitted for LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival 2017 and was selected to play, and when he popped up as an opener on one of our CI shows quite a while back. It wasn’t until we reviewed his submission that we were able to piece together just why the name rang a bell. All of a sudden, the entire office was like ‘wait…this is that kid who killed it on that one show a while back, and who was awesome at LAUNCH!’ Nakuu is the total package…the voice, the stage presence, the songwriting, and the drive.”

Check out the interview with this rising talent below.

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How To Build A Music Scene

Play music seriously for long enough and it’s all but inevitable that you’ll eventually come across musicians who feel dissatisfied and let down by their music scenes. For as personal and isolating creating music can be for some artists, it’s almost impossible to succeed without being a part of some sort of music community, so it makes sense why music scenes are such a heated point of discussion within circles of musicians.

For musicians who are just getting started or those who feel left out of their local music community, building a music scene from the ground up is always an option. Here are a few tips on how:

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