Anonymous asked: Most common mistakes independent bands/artists make?
I originally had a lengthy answer but it boiled down to this. The first one I thought of was “not understanding their fullest potential”. Does an indie artist know what they want out of making music a career? Find out what’s good. Can you do it? Do it. What happens if you can’t do it? Is it a means of can’t doing it, or are you holding yourself back? Find out why you can’t, to see if it’s really a means of not being able, or you not wanting to test the waters, especially if it’s your own.
We are in the internet era of music, the music industry is very different from how it was at the end of the 20th century. The new century lead to new ways, tossing out a lot of the old and slowly embracing the new. You’re online, you’re already embracing the new as the norm. There is nothing wrong with incorporating elements of the old either.
However, I’m also telling you what I would do and suggest. I’ve played the artist role and I know my strengths and drawbacks. There is absolutely no excuse for failure. Yes, money can and does play a factor but it doesn’t have to be the sole factor on how you promote yourself and your music. There is nothing wrong with taking the long route. There is nothing wrong with admitting to failures. Know the variables and know why you’re making music in the first place. It’s a long and tough road, but it has been that way for thousands of artists. You’re part of the fabric now.
Quick summary: do not underestimate your capabilities. You think you’ve done everything you can do? Do more. Go one higher. Try more. You may get your share of naysayers, but there’s going to be someone who will either see you eye to eye, or take a chance and go “I’m not sure what it is, but I like their enthusiasm”. As Led Zeppelin once said, “yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.” My point is, go anywhere and everything, Do not hold yourself back.