Making money from music
A lot of people are saying that “you can’t make money from music”. Nobody is buying music and everybody is using either Spotify or torrents to get their music. It’s really true that physical album and single sales have dropped dramatically what they were in the 90’s or 80’s. The whole music industry has changed dramatically in last 15 years from CD sales to streaming. The facts are obvious and crushing. It seems like only the best artist can survive and little ones are dying out. Today I am going to talk about why your naysayers can be wrong and I am going to give you very different perspective. Nowadays technology is your best friend. You can download your songs and music video to YouTube and get Google AdSense money. You can put your songs to Distrokid and get your music to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play and collect royalties. The internet and technology has made it possible to be a real music entrepreneur and call it a legitimate career. Before the internet era the only way to be a real musician was to get a record deal, sign the contracts and to be slave to the record label. Today, there is so much opportunity at being a musician and even more bands and artist are becoming profitable because of YouTube and other social medias. Once your music gets known you can get to play at different live events and companies want to pay you for using your music for example in their advertisements. So the next time people are saying to you that this can’t be done, realize that it’s only their opinion and their own experience of the thing. It’s not objective truth like 1 + 1 = 2, it’s only subjective opinion. There are people who are currently living as a music entrepreneur who have very different opinion whether it is possible or not.
Be everywhere and be active
Of course you have to really put the work for your dream career. As a music artist you have to be on every social media there is for example at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube, Snapchat and even more. If you aren’t then nobody knows about you. So you need to write new tweets, post new pictures, shoot new music videos or make regular videos where you talk about something for example about the current news or theme what’s going on the music genre that you are into. If something irritates and you need your opinion out there, that’s a good theme for video. The possibilities are endless. You need a community of people who are liking the content you put out and want to be part of your story. Appreciate them and release every week something new to them. Gary Vaynerchuk who inspired me to write this blog posts tells that you should bring your fans to your home studio so they can see how it’s done behind the scenes. Make a video or short snapchat where you show how it’s done. That way you become even more connected with your fans and more connection and more trust builds more sales and money. So get started and put something out there at least once every week for the rest of your life because someone will eventually resonate with you.
Thanks for reading and check out this trap beat that I made recently: