How To Beat Perfectionism | The Community Q&A Answers
This blog post is a summary of my weekly Q&A sessions with members of the Artist Coaching Community. You can watch the full video here!
What else should I include in my demo emails besides just the demo link (i.e. bio, pictures, and references)?
I wouldn’t put too much in your demo emails, or else the artist wouldn’t read it. Just briefly introduce yourself and put a link that WORKS. I often get a lot of demos with broken links.
Do big DJs even listen to promos nowadays? I sent my song to approximately 30 DJs. I personalized my emails and kept them simple and clear but only got one listen and reply in a week. Is there something I’m doing wrong, or does it just take more time?
Some DJs have the time to listen to demos while others don’t anymore. It’s a matter of priorities. Most DJs get their tracks from label promo emails. They tend to listen to those tracks quicker since label releases are already filtered. Don’t worry too much. Keep sending out as many emails as possible to maximize the number of responses.
How do you overcome perfectionism and the instant gratification monster to finish more music? Any tips to keep the production flow moving would be great.
This is something I’m really big about. Perfection can be beaten when you start to work on yourself. That’s why I think coaching is so essential for anyone right now. You need to find out how things work on the inside – how your brain works. It’s an inside game. When it comes to perfectionism, you are your worst enemy. There’s no one telling you that you shouldn’t release your music. Most of the time, you’re the one stopping yourself. Definitely start working on yourself, read self-help books, and maybe visit a coach. Do everything you can to become more aware of your workflow. The more you learn about yourself, the more efficient you start to work – especially in the studio as well.
What’s the difference between artist management, talent agencies, and booking agencies? Which one do we need, and do we need them?
A management agency is a management that will be useful when you feel you need management in your career. In my opinion, you need a manager when you can’t handle the pressure of other workloads such as paperwork and finances. If those aspects are getting in the way of your music then a manager would be helpful. I’m not sure what I talent agency is so can’t tell you much about it. A booking agency is where bookers are located. I wouldn’t recommend looking for bookers. When your career becomes significant and interesting enough, bookers will reach out to you instead.
Tips for artists to be more engaging on social posts?
I’m not really sure how to interpret this question. If you want to be more engaging yourself, you should start to be active on social media by engaging more on pages, leaving more comments, interacting with people, etc. If you want more engagement on your page, make sure you’re creating content for people following you. Most of the time, when people make content, they do it for themselves and not for their audience. Make sure the stuff you’re putting out is appealing for your crowd and not just for you.
What should one do if he can’t decide whether to start releasing music under his artist name or start offering services for other artists? I’m in this place where I want to release my songs, but on the other hand, experience plus extra cash would come good by helping others.
This is a really interesting point as well. You should realize that as an artist, you are a company. You need to make a profit and living out of it. If you aren’t earning enough money with just releasing your music or doing gigs, you have different skill sets which you can use to make money as well. Mixing and mastering, co-producing, and ghost producing are things you can charge money for and create a decent income out of. I wouldn’t choose between the two; I would combine them and find a balance.
What should be the next step after submitting your song to different stores and playlists?
You want to make sure you’re sending your track out to as many DJs as possible. When DJs start supporting your records, they become ambassadors of your sound. Aside from playlisting, send your track to radio DJs as well as club, festival, and even, local DJs. Anyone playing your tracks will become an ambassador of your music. Also, create social media posts that are engaging enough for the crowd and follow up on people you’ve sent your music to. Some people forget to reply. Keep pushing them!