There comes a point in every serious musician’s career when creativity, fun, and inspiration are hard to come by. The causes of creative stagnation are different for each of us, but all music-makers experience it eventually. Some musicians are able to spot a lack of ambition or inspiration in their creative lives. Others slowly sink into ruts without realizing it. If you can easily spot one of these red flags in your music career, it’s likely you’re creatively stuck and need a change.
Every songwriter has had the experience of getting sucked into a creative rabbit hole while working on a specific musical idea. If we’re lucky, momentary frustration leads to creative resourcefulness. Sometimes a great song is waiting for us at the end, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. In many instances, it’s best to quit working on an idea before we invest too much time into it. We can then save our time and energy for better songs. The hard part is knowing exactly when to stop and why. Every songwriter’s process is different. If you are in one of these situations while working on a song, it might be time to move on to something else:
You might see your passion for music as something that’s pure. Yet, the truth is that at any given moment there are plenty of distractions threatening your music career. From petty jealousies to crippling debt, here are four distractions to watch out for in music.
What about the process of creating and sharing music do you pay the most attention to? Since it’s natural for people to operate on auto-pilot in our careers, this might seem like an odd question. Yet, it’s worth asking. Our focus is incredibly important when it comes to being a musician. Similar to the way losing concentration makes for a bad musical performance, paying attention to the wrong things in our careers can limit our potential and hurt our creativity.
With most people at home these days, there are some great opportunities to build engagement with your fans as well as recruit new followers for your music. One of the ways you can increase your fanbase is through streaming platforms. Streaming platforms have a ’follow’ feature, where your existing fans can go and follow you. There are a lot of benefits to having followers on your streaming page, such as higher chances of being placed in big playlists and recruiting more fans in the future. In this post, I’ll outline the 5 reasons you should have your existing audience follow you on streaming platforms. Here are the 5 reasons:
We can all be better musicians. It doesn’t matter if we’ve been musically active for a couple of months or multiple decades when it comes to finding areas that need improvement in our musical lives. Making real progress towards big goals like learning how to play an instrument or starting work on a new album can be challenging if you’re musically inexperienced or find yourself years into your music career and losing steam. Doing any one of these four things will help you become a better musician right now and get you closer to hitting your targets in the future:
When musicians experience loss, it’s natural, and typically helpful, to delve deep into the creative process to find solace. But viewing the times we go through grief as unique chances to make meaningful music is overly simplistic and can actually end up hurting us and our music. Death, disease, heartache, job losses, and frustration have and continue to serve as the inspiration for great music. However, we’re kidding ourselves to think they can and do for every musician.
There’s no getting around how monumentally bad repercussions from the COVID-19 are impacting musicians. From indefinitely rescheduled festivals to canceled tours, musicians are being challenged in profound ways. There’s no silver lining here, but trying to stay as creatively engaged as possible during this time can help. Not every musician will be able to stay productive while stuck at home. However, many can use the time to plan their next career steps, write new songs, and engage with fans.