Recently when walking around the Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Camden areas of London, noticed the increase of local bands playing gigs in independent bars. This DIY mentality is completely reforming the music scene with various music bands, music labels, entrepreneurs than ever before. No longer is the music industry an unreachable goal for ordinary people.
We at Statt Magazine have brought together some tips which we believe which will give you information on how to follow your dreams and become a rock star, whilst also including some tongue-in-check humour.
If you want to be part of the music industry, you must look the part
Sure you might have the skills to manage a band, run a record label, be a music entrepreneur, but do you have the outfits to back it up? You can’t honestly think you’ll succeed without the look do you? If you are really looking to establish yourself as a successful music business individual, or songwriter you need a pair of skinny jeans and sunglasses quick. It’s raining you say? That’s not important. It’s about looking to part at all times. Luckily, Urban Outfitters sells jeans which are already ripped too, to say you a little bit of time.
Learn about music business from experienced individuals
In a serious note, you’ll find yourself ambushed with a lot of which will promise you the world, although if you are actually looking to get a job after your studies, there is only one real option for music business courses in London and that’s the Notting Hill Academy of Music. Why this particular school? You aren’t being taught from people who just have the qualifications to read from a book, you will get genuine insights on how to prepare yourself for the music industry from people who have real experience with companies such as Sony, Atlanta Records and successful bands who are looking to pass on their knowledge to inspired young students who are desperate for a chance.
No matter how hard it is, try writing a song
No matter what part of the music industry you want to flourish in, you should try looking at life from the perspective of a songwriter, because without them, nobody in the industry would have a job. You’ll have a better respect for songwriters if you realise the creative mind it takes to create art with words and sound. So if you play guitar, sit down one night and try to write some riffs, if you can’t, think up some lyrics. The best that can happen is you’ll be able to cut out the middle man and be a multipurpose music person who plays and markets their own songs, the worst, you’ll have a greater understanding of how to form a working relationship with the songwriters you work with in your music ventures.
Seek guidance from industry speakers and guests
The best way to learn about what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur in the music industry is to learn from people who have managed to be a success in the same game. Once again, London is an excellent place for this, with organisations such as the Notting Hill Academy of Music bring in speakers from all over the world to talk and give advice to people who inspire to make a dent in music marketing or business. Past guests have been such as Jamie Croz, A&R at Relentless Records, Andy Ellis, Outreach Manager for PRS, Trevor Nelson, who is a radio DJ for BBC and many more.
In the UK, there is several gateways into making it in the music business, don’t ever feel like it’s something which is out of your reach. Achieve, stride and always wear your sunglasses.