Being in an independent working band can be fun sometimes, but it can be exhausting as well. Taking so much time just to make a negligible amount of money isn’t that much fun, but people still work their bodies off to make great music. Indie musicians and songwriters are, in many people’s opinion, the only thing that’s saving any art scene known to man right now.
There are some rules to this game though. Not everyone is willing to do the things necessary in order to succeed in a competitive market. Music exists as a business, and if you want to live off it, you have to learn the basics, and before you go luxury traveling the world with your music, you have to learn the most important rules for turning that dream into a reality:
You will invest
A lot of musicians think they can win a lot of money without investing in them and their product. You’ll have to put money down to get more and better gear, you will have to pay for classes just to get better in your craft. Without this, you won’t compete and you’ll fail.
You will have to be confident
Many musicians who call themselves “artists” are willing to lose all of their own personality in order to work all year round, and while this could be considered a positive thing, most of them end up being prisoners of the trend train. If you develop your own style, sooner or later you will shine for your own work and not a trend.
You will have to deal with costumers
You have to understand that without the praise of an audience, you have nothing. It’s really important to know how to make them feel appreciated every time you go and showcase your talent. If you don’t do it the right way, someone will, and they will earn the money you’re missing out.
You will hire some staff down the road
Even though you’re an artist, you’ll have to deal with the business part of things, and when the time comes, you’ll have to be prepared for it. Surround yourself with a good manager, bookkeeper, and never forget to have an attorney for every difficult decision. They will save you from trouble and save you money in the process.
You will deal with attorneys
The smartest businessmen use attorneys in order for them to perform optimally, and so should you. You have to see them as guardians, they are in charge of protecting your company from breaking the law, signing foolish contracts, and even from lawsuits against you. These are necessary for your brand to grow safely.
You will have to know your niche and your competitors
Be willing to study a little bit. The best company owners pay for lots of research in order for them to know their market better and therefore, take more money out of it. Know your competition too, as they obviously know what they’re doing. Try to mimic them and learn their best tricks in the process.
Many people would say they’d love to be an independent artist, but knowing all the work they have to endure to make it happen puts us into perspective. Be willing to do every single thing listed here if you want that lifestyle. Good luck in your endeavors.