Your Dream Of Music Is Never Going To Go Away, So You Might As Well Give It Everything You’ve Got..Now
Apr 25, 2017
by Cari Cole
Music is never going to go away. You can try to hide it away in the closet for periods of time, but It will never leave you alone. So you might as well give it everything you’ve got. You’ll never be able to live with yourself if you don’t.
This is what made me release my first record at ... Continue
Apr 04, 2017 | 2 CommentsI need to stop being so shy and waiting for people to tell me what to do,” Rainsford says. “If I’m waiting on someone else, nothing will ever happen. I have to do this for myself.”
It’s in your hands baby. Ready for revolution? Check.
Once you’re re-evolving, your on the road to reinvention. If you go back and revisit your favorite musicians first records, and follow them through their subsequent records to right now, you can see the evolution, and if you look closer, the details of that evolution that might not be evident at first glance. Study it. Powerful medicine for your own reinvention. Where you are on that evolution-reinvention timeline will not be so evident until you move through it, but nonetheless you are on an inevitable course. Whether your course leads your ship out to sea, toward land or takes a detour is irrelevant to the course – it all is the course. Keep in mind that detours are an important part of the journey.
But this should help.
Rob Tannenbaum (a prior Alum of ours turned music journalist) writes in the NY Times:
“Josh Tillman had recorded eight albums under the name J. Tillman when he had an epiphany, prompted by his first (but not last) experience with a hallucinogenic drug: He should change his name as a way of rebooting his career. He was unsatisfied with the somber, sedentary folk songs he’d been making — “sad bastard music,” he called it — and wanted to spring free his sense of humor, absurdity and playfulness. Mr. Tillman, who had also played drums in the indie-rock band Fleet Foxes for four years, was readying the release of his 2012 album “Fear Fun.” A friend asked about the moniker, and Mr. Tillman unveiled it: Father John Misty.”
Coming from a past peppered with religion, but snubbing it all the same, Father John Misty’s new lease on music, his new record and his reinvention are serving him and his fans better than ever before.
Don’t be afraid of reinvention. Rather, seek it out.
As I said in the closing of Part I, but slightly differently here…
The time for great music is on the rise again. And you can be on the cusp of it. Do everything you can to rise up to meet it.
Get ready for your metamorphosis. Tune your inner channel to your inner truth. Radiate it like a cosmic sun as brightly and as brilliantly as you can.
Stay tuned for my next blog of The Metamorphosis of a Modern Musician, Part III…
I am you. You are me. We are the future — right here — right now. Let’s do this.
Jan 31, 2017 | 2 Comments
By Cari Cole
You’ve been trying to grow your following for a while now, and despite being on every platform known to man (Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. YouTube. Periscope. Snapchat—and the list goes on), you can’t seem to make any significant headway.
Not to mention, no one like a manager or serious booking agent has taken any interest either.
It must ... Continue
Nov 29, 2016 | 2 Comments
By Cari Cole
When Lady Gaga was training for her Oscar performance early in 2016, she decided she wanted to make a serious impression. She was, after all, singing the “Sound of Music” — I mean who covers Julie Andrews in front of millions of people at one of the entertainment industry’s biggest events of the year? But she was super ... Continue
Nov 08, 2016
By Cari Cole
Yes, your songs are number one. But so is your voice. Matter of fact, your voice can make a halfway decent song totally come alive, or not. But one thing is absolutely, without a doubt, true. Your voice sells the song. It is the star of the track. And it not only has to be good, it has ... Continue
Oct 25, 2016
By Cari Cole
It’s not enough to have good music. In order to get that music heard, you’ve got to be an expert at the “launch” – like it or not. The good news, is that artists don’t have to wait around for 1-2 years while they write and record a whole album of material before they can get out ... Continue
Oct 18, 2016
By Cari Cole
You know you’ve got something, or you wouldn’t be jumping through the hoops that you are on an hourly, daily, yearly basis, to get the job done. You watch artists on TV and listen to their streams on Spotify, and you know you’re just as capable, just as good, and that you could be there too.
Matter of ... Continue
Oct 11, 2016 | 1 Commentgraphics for 2-3 weeks before your actual release. I can’t tell you how many artists I follow and I still don’t know when their releases are because they don’t shout out about them enough ahead of time. This builds anticipation, excitement, and gets people following you.
5. Spending Hard Earned Cash on the Wrong Things
Being a musicpreneur is in no way an easy feat. Matter of fact, it’s wracked with riddles and misinformation. There’s no school that really teaches this stuff. That said, it’s easy to spend cash in the wrong places, but why try to reinvent the wheel? There’s hundreds of thousands of artists all trying to do this. It’s wise to learn from those who have gone before and save yourself a few of the common missteps. Here’s a few of ‘em:
- Don’t spend money on a radio campaign unless you have a serious 3-6 month tour to support it. And even then, it might be a drop in the bucket results wise. Your money might be better spent on social media ads where you can target cities and specific followers.
- Don’t spend money on a publicist until you have a big win to shout out about. Two artists in my camp are on The Voice right now, Elia Esparza and Courtney Harrell. Now would be a good time for hiring a publicist. But they may not have the pocket change. But the way to maximize the expense, is to be sure you have a reach or a public win before you spend that kind of cash. To grow your fanbase and socials stick to social advertising and fan engagement to grow organically. Get good at tending to your tribe and engaging them before you reach out further!!
Oh, and one really important, kinda critical thing:
6. Surrounding Yourself With Negative People
Like attracts like. Keep your circle small and smart – and positive. And if you really want to get ahead, surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.
Ready to follow the steps above and grow your music and fanbase organically, as well as maximize your efforts and expenditures? Sometimes knowing the right things to do in the right order makes all the difference. Join us for a 12 weeks of musicpreneurship. Work smarter, not harder and — see results!
Oct 04, 2016
By Cari Cole
After decades of being enslaved to greedy music mogul profiteers, and getting ripped off by managers and unfair percentages that rape and pillage your bottom line, now for the first time ever, musicians have a chance to free themselves.
But not if you still subscribe to the old rhetoric. Most days I still hear artists recapitulating the typical wagers, ... Continue
Aug 31, 2016
By Cari Cole
It’s that time of year again that we host another one of our popular Signature Songwriting Circles. Songwriters, artists, music producers and creators come together to co-write 26 songs in 26 weeks. Not something most songwriters (unless they live in Nashville) are prone to do. It’s a fast paced, professional community where songwriters cut their teeth on their ... Continue