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5 Ways to Make it in the Music Industry

27 JUN 2012
Career Path : Arts and Entertainment

Making it in the music industry requires time, dedication, and a ridiculous amount of relentless practice. Whether you are a musician, DJ, or an aspiring music producer, the only way to make it is to give your all.

Eat, breathe, and sleep music

Whatever it is that you want to become, you need to put your entire self into it. The same thing goes for in the music industry. It may seem as though certain musicians become global sensations in the course of a day. New popular acts, like Adele and Wiz Khalifa, seem as though their claims to fame came out of thin air. Fact of the matter is these stars have been pushing for their spot since they were young kids. But that does not mean that you have to be a certain age to be a successful musician. What it means is that you have to dedicate yourself to it entirely. Putting half of your energy into it just won’t cut it. If you want in, you have to go all in.

Put your heart into It

The music industry is not kind. It is an unforgiving, secret-knocking, no  second chances kind of business. That said, it would not make sense to voluntarily commit yourself to years (and years…and even more years) if you do not actually love what you are doing. In other words, your heart absolutely has to be in it. Don’t be a musician so you can be the new cool kid, or to fulfill someone else’s dream, or, worse yet, to become someone you’re not. All of those things will tire out pretty quickly, and hard work is never worth it if you don’t love what you’re doing. So make sure you love it. And if you don’t, then get out.

Hone your craft

At the risk of sounds painfully cliché, one of the most important things you have to do to master your music is to practice. And then when you get tired of practicing, practice some more. Practice until your throat runs dry and your fingers numb.

Also, and although it may seem a tad counter-intuitive, the key to mastering your craft is by first making mistakes, and then learning how to fix them. By taking risks with your art, you will let yourself move past your comfort zone, which will in turn give you the chance to explore your abilities in full depth. Play a lot of gigs, experiment with a new sound or instrument, test your vocals: try everything in order to completely understand what you can and cannot do.

Whether you are a singer or a musician, formal training is never a bad idea. If you are leaning more towards the DJ (a.k.a. sound engineer) realm of music making then It would be a good idea to you may want to consider spending a year or two in audio school. In either case, you will be learning from the pros, and will have a chance to understand the art from different perspectives. This will also let you explore every angle of the industry, and give you a one-up on how to go about things.

Musician or Manager?

It is not always easy to know what you should be focusing in order to move forward with your career. What is equally as difficult is differencing between your love for music and your desire to be a musician. Many people would be better suited as a music producer or some sort of management figure rather than a recording musician.  The production side of music is extremely demanding and fast-paced, and involves building relationships with artists, once that will both nurture and expose their best talents. Producers are also extremely creative, and need to be not one but several steps ahead of the mainstream industry. It is not enough for a producer to know good music when he hears it; producers need to know good music before it even exists.

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