Times have changed from the way things used to be. There are far more avenues and opportunities to earn money as a music artist today than there were in the past. If you are a music artist or musician, you don’t need to rely only on selling your music in order to make a living. You can sell your talents, skills, and services as well. Here is a list of ways you can earn money as an artist which will hopefully give you some great ideas of how you can support yourself in your music career.
One big question that most aspiring or new producers seem to ask about is what kind of gear, equipment and software they will need to begin making beats. A big problem which prevents them from getting started is that they seem to think that the gear they will need to make quality beats is highly expensive. This can cause them to dismiss their desires as a producer and never take the leap to making their first beat.
The truth is that the equipment needed to make beats is likely less expensive than you’d think. This is largely because your success as a producer will have much more to do with your talents and skills than it does with your equipment. While certain high end hardware and software can certainly help make the production process more effective and efficient, it is not NEEDED right away. Instead, it is a great idea to start with some basic equipment, develop your craft, and start upgrading your gear over time.
There are quite a few factors which are involved in becoming successful in your music career. There are the obvious factors – practice and hard work, natural and learned musical talent, a mastery in one or several areas of music, and so on.
But there is one single factor which is the central heart beat of all your successes.
This certain ingredient I am referring to has been the subject of dozens of motivational and self-help books over the years.
I’m referring to the “D” word. of course – Desire.
It is safe to assume that nearly everyone involved in music, whether you’re an artist, a producer who makes beats, an engineer who mixes, a promoter, a performer, and so on, wishes to become as successful as they can so they can live out their dreams.
Good news for music artists! Pandora is now accepting digital music submissions.
If you have thought about submitting your music to Pandora in the past, they you probably know that they did not accept digital music unless it was submitted through another distribution company such as CDBaby.
Now, they are accepting digital music submissions directly. You can submit your music here:
As an artist, I’m sure you know that it is important that you take every avenue possible to get your music heard.
So now that Pandora is making things a lot more accessible, you should definitely consider submitting your songs to increase your chances of being heard, generating more fans, and fulfilling your goals as an artist.
Just be sure that you have your song copyrighted and protected first!
If you are looking for beats for your new songs, please check out my beat library here.
Whether you are an artist, producer, or engineer, odds are you’ve come across a situation….perhaps even a confusion, about which software and hardware to purchase in order to optimally record your vocals, create your beats, or mix your tracks.
What is the best beat-making software? What is the best mic? Which are the best studio monitors?
While it should definitely be a goal of any serious musician or producer to eventually own professional, quality hardware and software, I just wanted to create this post to give you some inspiration and insight into how you can become successful BEFORE you have the resources to buy these expensive items.
It happens to everybody.
You’re listening to a beat, trying to come up with words and melodies to make your next brilliant song.
But for some reason, the words aren’t flowing. Or maybe you just aren’t interested. You’re stuck, and trust me I know…it is a horrible feeling.
What can you do to break out of this evil spell we all know as “writer’s block”?
First off, please understand that writer’s block happens to everybody, in every single creative-based field.
Are you ready to experiment with recording your vocals at home? Want lay your vocals on your beat and make a demo before you take it to the studio?
If you are on a budget, or would just like to start recording vocals from your computer, there is very good news.
There are a handful of free vocal recording software programs which provide you with everything you need to begin recording your songs to your beats.
Even though I have Logic, which is considered by many to be one of the best paid software programs for recording, producing beats, and editing audio, there are still times when I need to make a quick recording or edit some audio in a pinch. For situations like these, I will often use a free, light audio software program such as Audacity, Acoustica or Waveshop.
If you are a music artist, there is a good chance that you’ve heard about the importance of creating an Electronic Press Kit (EPK).
There are still many artists who do not know what an EPK is, why it is important, or how to create one. This article will teach you everything you need to know about creating one.
What Is An Electronic Press Kit?
First off, it is important to explain what an EPK is.
An Electronic Press Kit is a collection of resources which contain information about a music artist, musician, or band.
Typically, an EPK will contain the following pieces of information or media:
Want to learn how to make beats? How about discovering how to record and mix your music?
Even better…would you like to learn music from the comfort of your own home, and earn a degree for it?
Well, the world renowned Berklee College of Music is now offering the opportunity to earn a degree without leaving your home.
You can earn your Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Studies without having to worry about relocating. And it costs a lot less than the on-campus tuition.
If you are a musician / music artist, I probably don’t have to explain to you the importance of having your own website in today’s era.
In order for your music to be taken seriously, you need an official site.
And in the era of WordPress, you can build a professional looking and clean website using WordPress Themes for as little as $50 – $60. Don’t believe me? Check out http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress.
I build all of my sites myself with WordPress, and you can too. This surely beats the days of needing a fully customized website hand-built by a designer for $10,000.
Regardless of which approach you decide on, the first thing you must do is brainstorm your domain name and purchase it.