- I am a solo singer looking to
be discovered, please can you help me?
There seem to be two types of artists. 1) Solo singers
who don't write songs, yet looking to be discovered
and 2) artists, including singer songwriters and bands,
who either want to get signed or want to somehow forge
a career on their own. There is a third sect which is
extremely rare, and that is; singers, songwriters, bands
etc, who are not waiting to be 'discovered', but see
the long term big picture and want to figure out how
they can forge a real career that has longevity, whether
an external machine steps in to help them or not. This
last group will be the small select group of entrepreneurs
that will succeed in today's transitioning music business.
However, a great deal of work needs to be done and it
is not for everyone. This may be why YOU have chosen
to be 'discovered'. You are playing the American Idol
Now that is not to say that it is not possible to win
American Idol. It may even be a remote possibility that
you could meet some big shot music producer guy that
thinks you have 'it' and wants to invest a lot of time
and money into recording and producing you in his studio
with the hopes of presenting you to a label and a possible
record deal. Chances are slim, but these things are
The point is, I'm not here to discover you. You are
going to have to do some serious thinking, research
and intelligent planning about what your future really
is, in a very real sense. To be discovered is rare,
and frankly, the old model. These days one has to simply
put oneself in a position of strength if one wants to
succeed in the category YOU have chosen. So here is
what I would suggest:
To be 'discovered', you have to be 'discoverable'. What
does this mean? It means that there has to be a darn
good reason for a professional in the music business
to sit up and take notice. That's about the size of
it. Do you know how many wanna-be-stars there out there
with good performing skills and above average looks?
Thousands upon thousands! So what do you have that these
other folks don't have? Why should anyone pay attention
to you? Because your Mom says you could be a star? Are
you throwing mud at the wall or are you really serious?
If you want my advice, here is what I suggest if you
have any sense of reality at all.
The music business takes notice when it 'smells' money,
so give them something to smell. And by that I mean
1) Be the best, most amazing singer you can possibly
be. If you think you are a great singer right now you're
probably not. Get better! The competition is fierce
and you only get one shot, so don't blow it. Have patience.
Know when you are ready and don't be begging to get
signed. That is NOT a position of strength. Take some
2) Learn exactly how the music business works. Buy this
You Need To Know About The Music Business. You HAVE
to understand the business, if you get this business,
people in the business will get you. Trust me.
3) Network with other singers. Network with the music
business. When, and only when you are ready, you must
meet the right record producer who can take your talent,
mold it, record songs with you and present you to the
music business. When you are ready, seek these people
out. Find out who produces artists you are similar to
(look on album liner notes). Google and Facebook are
great places to start.
4) Stay on top of current pop trends. Know who's hot,
know who's dropped and know exactly where you might
fit into the marketplace. Read Billboard
6) Good luck!
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