You’ve written some songs, either for yourself or for a band you’re in and it’s time to get them out into the world – It’s time to be heard. After all, that’s one of the reasons we write music, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter if you’re in a band or performing solo, your desires and the process to get what you desire are remarkably similar. But where do you start out?
Practice a setlist. A setlist is the list of songs you are going to perform at your next show. Make it early and time it to make sure it fits into your allotted set time from the promoter, typically on the local music scene this is 30 minutes. Rehearsing the set in order also allows you to practice the changes between songs! This may sound silly, but in actual fact if you have to tune your guitar or change your setup at all it’s important to practice the changeovers so that they are slick and you can minimise the downtime between songs.
Find a space that suits you. Not all rehearsal rooms were created equal, find one that suits the size and sound of your performance. A good PA with good monitoring will also help you rehearse your singing in a loud situation. Even if you are a solo performer, consider hiring a rehearsal room once or twice so you can get used to the increase in volume and the sensation of hearing yourself through the PA system whilst you sing, it will feel very different to playing in your bedroom.
Getting Some Gigs
You don’t have to gig early on in your career but setting out to get some early gigs can really help you refine your songwriting and performance skills. Whilst your audience will always clap and cheer after a song, they will let you know which songs go down best by way of louder applause! You can use their genuine reactions to refine your songs and to learn what works and what does not.
Be careful to contact gig promoters or venues that work with your type of music. It’s no good writing to a metal promoter if you’re a folk act. You could try finding open mic nights or small pub gigs to start off with. However you may find it hard to get larger gigs early in your career. That’s one of the reasons to be looking at getting a professional recording.
A professional recording can help you secure larger gigs and radio play, it can also help you keep fans you attract and help you gain fans on social media.
It’s too easy to stall at this stage of your musical life, and if you’re happy with this, that’s great. But if you want to develop further you need to start the journey to becoming a recording artist.
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