I know this may seems a little counterintuitive considering the name of this blog ;) but I promise I explain all in my video so get watching👆
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So, let's get into this [deep breaths] - Here's 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Be A DIY Musician.
1. You Have No Intention of Learning About Online Marketing
I know some of you may be rolling your eyes right now or pulling your hair out saying "I hate marketing! I just want to make music!" and that's totally valid. You likely didn't start writing songs and playing music because you were excited about rolling out an email marketing sequence.
But here's the thing: if you really want to start selling merch, growing a fan base and building an online presence, you just have to get into marketing - online to be precise. If, however, you're happy to keep your music as a hobby that involves playing with your friends in local venues and avoid the marketing and growth that comes with it, there's nothing wrong with that. It's simply to say the choice is yours.
2. You Need Constant External Validation
This one's pretty straight forward: when you're a DIY musician, most of the time there is no-one else to tell you "well done, this is great! Go get 'em tiger". You're likely having to self-evaluate all the time. If you're the kind of person who can't do anything without someone saying "yes, you can" then a DIY music career may not be for you.
3. You're a Perfectionist
This is something I see SOOOOOO often with the musicians I coach privately, the amazing ladies in the FDIYM Tribe and the students I work with at ICMP in London. Everything has to be perfect before it can be released or shared publicly.
This is one of the main reasons why people sit on songs for years, throw thousands of pounds away in recording studios and regret never having really given music a go; they are waiting for everything to be just right. The reality? It just has to be good enough otherwise you'll just be chasing something that doesn't exist: perfection.
4. You Like Having a Boss or Someone to Tell You What to Do
If I had a pound for every time I meet an artist who tells me they're a 'free spirit' who doesn't like having a boss, I'd be a millionaire. But I'd also be buying a villa in Italy if I had a pound for every time that same artist admits they are terrible at meeting self-imposed deadlines, or even setting them in the first place. When other people give them deadlines? "Oh yes, then I work all through the night and get sh*t done"!
"Ah", I think, "so, you like being told what to do, and it's the only way you ever get sh*t done". Well, this is a trap you just cannot fall into if you actually want to make a career as a DIY musician. You have to get sh*t done because you said you would and because you know only you are responsible for the success of your music and the connection it makes with other people.
5. You Have No Interest in the People Who Listen To Your Music
This is such a big one, but something a lot fo musicians aren't aware they're doing (or not doing). most of us are way more interested in how many people are listening to our music and the praise they lavish us with than actually who they are, how they are and what they like and want.
I promise you, going into 2020 building a community with your music is going to be the most savvy, important thing you can do as a DIY musician, and that means real taking a real interest in the people who listen to your music. Reply to comments on your videos, start conversations with your facebook followers and give your insta possy some exclusive live videos. Believe me, it's aaaaaaaalll about the community and this will be the best way of ensuring your career has stability, longevity and meaning.
So there we have it: the 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Be A DIY Musician. But here's my final word. All of the above, I HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF
I buried my head in the sand when it came to marketing, I was always looking for external validation, I was a perfectionist (and still am a recovering one ✋), I desperately wanted someone to just tell me what to do and I had very little interest in my listeners or fans beyond how many of them there were and whether they told me I was fabulous.
Over the 10+ years I have been self-releasing music, though, I learned the hard way all of that had to change and, gradually, it did. But it took time, awareness and a little bit of courage too. All of this can be turned around if you know you really want to take your music seriously in 2020 as a DIY artist.
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Have a great week, Isobel Xxxxxxxxx