The path to success is often difficult and thorny. It is very difficult for novice artists to win their place in the sun. Many of them lose their patience and quit halfway through what they started. The rest have a chance to ascend the musical Olympus if they adhere to a few relatively simple rules.
First of all, you will need to make really good music. It requires part skill, part taste, and part understanding of trends. The best music is eternal, but before it comes, good music must be timely.
As your skills improve, so will your ability to produce quality music content that is unique to you and your audience.
It seems like an obvious step, but it needs to be repeated very often. If you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, know that the most important thing to work on is developing your music and skills. Everything else is extra.
Step two: get your music heard. Create a bunch of music and run it. Make sure it’s easy to find, easy to stumble upon, accessible, and easy to share. There are many tools available to help you distribute your music to many different sites.
To get noticed, make sure you don’t waste your time on the cover art that will accompany your musical description. The description will have keywords that people can use to find your music, so feel free to name bands that influenced you, genres, and so on.
Make it easy to share your music. Good music is viral par excellence. Since YouTube is the most versatile music player, you should definitely have your music there. Make sure the title has all the information you need, as well as the type of music, to ensure more clicks when people share it.
Pro Tip: Post your music everywhere, but figure out which channels work best for you and double them up. Doing a little bit of everything is a good way to avoid getting stopped somewhere. Make sure you really enjoy using the channels you’re focused on, because if it doesn’t bring you joy, you’ll end up exhausted and inconsistent.
Cover other artists in your genre: don’t ask permission, but contact them as soon as your remix is ready. After all, their repost will help you reach their audience, which is probably larger than yours. Play fair and don’t post your version on Spotify or other monetized sites without permission. Not so much because of legal problems, but simply because it is bad for human relations.
Release your songs on channels your audience subscribes to. These can be blogs, YouTube channels, or internet radio stations. Being one of the first on the platform can have great benefits.
Success in music is usually a combination of musical skills and people skills. When you watch someone succeed overnight, you don’t see the years of preparation that go into it.