Lady GaGa, Ne-Yo and Bruno Mars were all songwriters before making it as performers. Being a successful songwriter can offer great rewards, but it’s a tough industry to break into.
Here are four ways that you can get your music noticed. From perfecting your track to sending your finalised demo to a label, here are all the things you need to do.
1. You have to stand above the noise
There is a lot of free music out there right now. Uploading your tracks to Soundcloud, Twitter or Facebook is unlikely to make you go viral overnight. You need to make yourself stand out.
To do this, be an impartial judge of your own work. Ask yourself if you have used the best recording quality, and if it is as good as top music in your genre. Is your voice strong enough? Does the tone of your voice sound good? Critiquing yourself is great practice, and will help you improve.
2. Don’t rush
Take your time with your creations. Don’t be afraid to be a perfectionist. Jay-Z, Rihanna, Adele and Sam Smith wouldn’t rush straight into releasing a new track.
Make one song great from start to finish, and one that people will be humming in their heads all day long. You don’t need a backlog of music to upload; if people like one of your songs they will wait for you to release more.
3. Approach a label
Now you’ve perfected your track, how do you get it out there? Label owners do listen to the demos they receive, according to Attack Magazine. Approach a suitable label for your genre of music.
“The biggest no-no for me is MP3s attached to emails,” says Andy Daniell, A&R Manager at Defected, to Attack Magazine. “They clog up your inbox and crash your email program. A SoundCloud stream is far preferable as you can check quickly and download if it feels relevant. Also, private links are nicer…something that puts you off a record is seeing that you’re one of fifty people the track’s been emailed to, or that it’s been available publicly on SoundCloud for nine months and it’s only had a hundred plays. That doesn’t inspire confidence!”
4. Be professional
“Do not pester for feedback,” explains Thomas Von Party from Turbo Recordings to Attack Magazine. “Also being creative about how you present yourself is key. The more you can appear a fully-formed artist, the more likely you’ll be taken seriously. The music is what matters in the end, but if you show signs of talent in representing yourself with an image, video, or with words, that goes a long way.”