What is good my fellow Musicians, Producers, Young Artists, Rappers, Home Studios, Singers, Songwriters, and Beat Makers alike.
A new friend of mine requested some honest feedback about his newest mixtape. Very interesting conversation nevertheless. I tend to ask more questions than anything, so I went into the questions:
Who is your Audience?
- Who is your audience?
- What do they want to hear?
- What do they need to hear?
- Who are your artistic influences?
- Why do you create music?
- How does this affect the songs you release?
- How can you improve on your mixing skills?
- Who can help you create more professional covers?
- What needs to be improved in the mix?
- Do you sound New?
I think these are essential questions to ask as an artist...
This led me to share some great resources from other mixing friends of mine and referrals to other artists & their missions in order to hopefully help out. He stated something interesting about the music industry that caught my attention:
If you aren't selling out or acting immoral or unethical these days you will get no love or even the time of day...
One of the latter statements I made to him was:
You’ve got great talent. But sometimes it’s not the message people won’t listen to, it’s the way you say it...
A Different Flow:
It might not have been the focus of the conversation, but it inspired me to look at myself... We also talked about the controversies and things going on in the music industry right now.
I think we all are on a journey of self discovery and learning. We will be on a pilgrimage that will lead us to freedom at the moment we look our creator in the eye. So I can’t say I do this perfectly, but I will say I strive to stay creative in my own way of twining my faith into the message of my music. Json, Christian Hip Hop artist stated something similar in one of his interviews. It went a little like this:
I'm not ashamed of the gospel, but I don’t think I need to pressure my faith into my music. I shouldn’t have to force Christ into my songs... I shouldn’t have to force Christ out of my songs either to appeal... It should be a natural process; I want it to flow naturally.
OK, I summarized. But this was especially encouraging for me to hear, because I agree with the same approach, and experience the same discouragement from time to time.
Maybe you’re wrestling with this idea too. You've got a great message but people aren't giving it the attention you expected...
- Make sure you're making great music. Make sure your mixes are on point. Get a second opinion.
- Be yourself... Artists that copy and sell out in the mainstream don't last long... People love NEW sounding artists.
- Make you flows unique. Make your message stand out creatively... Tell people something new in a way that they'll want to hear it.
- Cater... Yes, cater to your audience and make music they'll respond to. It doesn't mean be like somebody else. It just means that you need to be strategic.
- Showcase your unique talent.
- Be professional.
- GRIND! Build relationships. Show others you care and why they should care.
If you have a problem with what Jefferson Bethke, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and NF are doing, I'm not sure about what you believe mission is... Because music is a mission field, as a hospital is to the broken...
I don't make music for affirmation; I make music for impact. There is no need for a healthy person to go to the doctor... If you're wrestling with this, you're in the right spot. We'll keep growing together.
If you've known me for a while, you will know that I have a passion for empowering, sharing resources and encouraging others to grow in their craft. I believe in the revolution that is changing the music industry and I am personally experiencing this revolution... I want you to be a part of this revolution, so I also offer Coaching and Mixing Services to anyone who wants to improve the sound of their mixes, so they can stand out on the charts as well as grow in their knowledge as a home based artist.
If you're interested in having a coach challenge you along this journey, or you want to improve the mix of your songs, get in touch with me; I will be more than happy to help. I look forward to helping you take your songs to the next level:
I hope you enjoyed and learned something new from this article. I look forward to working with you. If I should add something to the list, feel free to let me know or comment below. If you think someone could benefit from this information, go ahead and share this article. If you have your own ideas that have been working for you, let me know what they are; I'd love to learn about what you guys are doing. If you have questions, feel free to contact me. What would you like to know next? Let me know in the comments below. Do me a favor, smash that like button, share it, let me know what you guys want to learn next, be nice to someone, and have a great day!