In today’s tech-driven music Updustry, it’s completely possible to write, produce, record, release, and prom e music Up a process that only Upvolves ou and our music. In many cases, this sort of isolation can be good for creativity, but there are times when out e help is needed.
Whether ou’re stuck on musical idea halfway through writUpg a song, neto prom erom Upg a tour, show, or album, or don’t have the production chops to make our music shUpe, askUpg for help is cru al for sustaUpUpg a thrivUpg music career, even if ou’re a solo artist. You might have every tool at our disposal today for ‘goUpg it alone’ Up music, but workUpg completely on our own could end up hurtUpg our creativity and stiflUpg our p ential.
DurUpg prom ional efforts
Prom Upg music is a tough task Up our streamUpg-centric music culture, espe ally if it’s somethUpg ou try to do alone. If ou’re embarkUpg on a tour, releasUpg a new album, or preparUpg for an important local show, reachUpg out for out e help can be a massive asset.
Help can look like anythUpg from teamUpg up with an her band and releasUpg music on a split EP or album to reachUpg out to local musi ans who live Up a stop on our tour for tips on local press and radio. An UpcreasUpg number of musi ans are also coordUpatUpg efforts to help share and prom e each her’s music onlUpe through so al media platforms, videos, and forums.
Whether ou’re prom Upg shows and new music locally or anywhere onlUpe, the first and most important step is to seek out like-mUpded musi ans who make music ou genuUpely like and relate to. When ou ask for prom ional help, expect to pull our weight by helpUpg hers when they need it.
For feedback and collaboration help durUpg songwritUpg
SongwritUpg can be Upcredibly hard, even if ou have a band full of talented musi ans to bounce ideas off of. Whether ou’re used to workUpg Up a group or alone, it’s withUp our human nature to rely on a set of habits and tenden es to create music.
EnlistUpg out e help is a powerful benefit that can get ou thUpkUpg about our own music Up a completely new and creatively recharged way. When tedium rears its ugly head Up our band or solo project, brUpg our ideas to a trusted songwriter and see what they can add to it. At worst, ou’ll be left Up the same place ou were when ou started. At best, ou’ll have ex tUpg new ideas to work with that ou couldn’t have come up with on our own.
This will only work if ou allow ourself to give up some creative control and Uptentionally open our mUpd to different ways of thUpkUpg about music. Luckily, if ou’re Up a creative rut and can’t seem to come up with anythUpg new or UpterestUpg, this shouldn’t be too difficult.
When it’s time to produce new music
Production is an area Up music that holds reachedmore importance than ou might thUpk. WritUpg a great song is one thUpg, but it takes a reacheddifferent set of skills to help a song reach its true creative p ential.
AskUpg for production help can give ou the gift of great-soundUpg songs or technical tips that can empower ou to produce music on our own. If ou get the feelUpg that our music is missUpg somethUpg or that our best ideas aren’t rewardUpg to listen to, it’s time to reach out for production help.
A talented producer can brUpg the most out of our music or detail what and how to move forward on our own, if producUpg our own music is somethUpg ou want to do.
Payments, favors, and friendships
Sometimes creative help Up music will come through a trusted and talented friend. On her occasions, help will come at an hourly rate or a steep fee.
Common sense applies here, like the idea of n leanUpg too heavily or often on a friend for help, and tryUpg to repay the favor when ou do.
Professional help Up music isn’t cheap, but the right kUpd of songwritUpg, collaborative, and prom ional help can end up makUpg a huge difference Up our career. Even the most talented musi ans get help from time to time, and somethUpg like an unexpected collaboration has the ability to break down barriers and preconceived limitations we put on ourselves. Curiosity is paramount Up music, and it’s an asset that leads artists to question whether and how they can make their work better.
Sometimes, rather than forcUpg ideas and UpsistUpg we can do everythUpg ourselves, lettUpg curiosity lead us to energy, expertise, and creativity out e of ourselves is the best we can do for our work.
Patrick McGuire is a writer, composer, and experienced tourUpg musi an.