Where does a musician’s creativity come from? Is it something a person can learn and develop or is it one of those “you’ve either got it or you don’t” sort of deals? While it might be tempting to try to understand and summon musical creativity with hard and fast rules, it just doesn’t work that way. The creative process is different for everyone, and the things that help me write meaningful music won’t necessarily work for you.
But while everyone’s creative process is different, we can all relate to feeling lost, uninspired, and stuck when trying to make music. Creative frustration can feel irritating, stifling, and even depressing for some musicians, but it can be turned around. Here’s a few tips to transform creative frustration into something that works in your favor:
When it comes to social media, you’re either a natural or you’re not. Some people have the gift of virtual gab, making their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds an incredible place to be. For the rest of us, pumping out interesting content on a daily basis and creating something that makes our followers want to stay can feel like an uphill battle.
I know how you feel. As both a business and an individual trying to promote that business, this can be hard. So, we’ve put together a few reasons that your social media might be lacking and how to turn it from graveyard to go-to.
Unless you’re a musician who never releases music and writes songs that only you hear, building a strong connection with your listeners is something that should be on the top of your priority list. Making music that resonates with your fans is one thing, but there’s plenty of other ways to make an impact on the people who listen to your music the most. Here are three ways to help you better connect with your audience:
There’s plenty of doom and gloom when it comes to songwriters struggling in today’s rapidly evolving music industry, but it’s not all bad news. One especially bright spot is the free analytic tools many streaming platforms are now giving to artists. Information that labels, managers, and artists used to have to pay good money for is now being given away for free. Here’s a few ways to get the most out of these streaming analytic tools:
Music is, was, and probably always will be an often brutal and thankless career path for most musicians. Summing a musician’s struggle up as lots of work for not much money would be way too simple because for serious songwriters and musicians, the emotional toll of trying to forge a path in music proves to be emotionally unbearable from time to time. For most musicians, money is secondary to their passion, but rejection after rejection and the creeping feeling that an artist’s sacrifice, talent, and work won’t ever amount to anything is often so damaging that it makes even the most promising musicians question themselves. Learning to cope with disappointment is not an option if you love making music and want to share it with people.
As we have previously discussed, a copyright is first owned by its author (whether individually or on a “work made for hire” basis). Like with any other property, the author can transfer ownership of a copyright (in whole or in part as a fractional portion) to another person or party. However, copyright law has specific rules governing such transfers.
“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” -Simon Sinek, “Start with Why”
You’ve heard it over and over again—one of the most powerful tools you have in this industry is yourself. Your music might be great, but that’s not what keeps people coming back for more. It’s your personality. It’s your beliefs. It’s the way you share pieces of yourself and by doing so invite your fans to feel less alone in their own actions, decisions, and understanding of the world. Here are some tips on how to build your tribe and get more fans.