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Should You Quit Your Residency? | 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!

 

How do you repair your speakers? Any websites or videos you would recommend?

I don’t really have any experience with this. Luckily my speakers have never broken down (they’re still alive after 7-8 years!). If they would, I would just take them to the shop. There are too many fragile pieces that would need attention; I’m not necessarily capable of fixing those things. What I’ll do is tag a couple of people on your Facebook post in the Artist Coaching group who will probably have an answer for you. Hopefully, that will help!

 

I always wanted to get other opinions on whether it’s worth it to play in local clubs as a resident if you produce slightly different music. Let’s say I produce Big Room/ Progressive House but these genres aren’t popular in my country. On one side, I would focus on keeping the artist brand and the genre I produce, on the other hand, I would love to build a local audience where I could occasionally put my own music on the dance floor and gain some following. It would also give me some income. What are your thoughts?

This is a really interesting point because I’ve been there myself and know several people struggle with this as well. You want to get an income from your music, but you’re still playing locally and can’t figure out how to get out. The main question here is, “should I stay playing locally and music that I don’t want, or should I completely quit and do something else?”

What’s important in this question is, do you need the money? If you need the money, I would keep doing it. It’s an easy way to get some extra cash and experience. As long as your brand isn’t that big, it doesn’t matter if you still play locally and different kinds of genres. 

If you don’t do it for the money, then you can still do it for the experience because you will still play every week. You’ll learn how to read the crowd, how to use CDJ’s, and how to be a DJ! Practicing in a local club is different from practicing in your bedroom. 

On the other hand, if you’re really not enjoying it and don’t need the money or experience, I would say quite and use that time to make more music. Do more promotion and marketing. Eventually, that will bring you more value than all those other hours in the club. There are different sides to this story and I think it’s really important to understand and decide why you’re doing those gigs. Is it for the money, experience..? That’s when you decide if you should be spending more time in the studio. Interesting point! 

What are the best pages for Soundcloud and Spotify promotion? 

I actually don’t know and am not into those kinds of things. I’m a big fan of reaching out to playlisters yourself instead of paying for services. The problem with those services is that you never know what you’re going to get back in return. Most of the time, it’s quite a lot of money that you have to pay. I’m not saying it’s all about the money, but I’m also saying that if you pay that money, I’m not sure you’re going to get the exposure that you’re expecting to get. Even if you get into 100k follower playlists, those people following the playlists probably won’t even remember your name or song when they listen to it. I prefer reaching out to playlist owners themselves and establishing long term connections with them. Hopefully, that works for you!

 

Do labels help the artist build a fanbase? Or is it the artist himself and his crew (if there is one)?

It depends on which label. If it’s a really big label with a large following, like Spinnin’ or Revealed, in that case, yes, they will help build your fanbase because they will introduce your music to a larger audience. So yes, they will help you, but it’s not like it’s their job. They just sign your track and show your track to their audience which will help you gain some fans. In the end, you’re the one responsible for building your fanbase and getting your track to signed to labels. Signing to bigger labels is part of building a fanbase. 

 

When are you going to make new music? 

I’m never going to say never, but for the upcoming time, I’m not going to make any new music. I actually stopped DJ’ing and producing a couple of years ago. I mainly focus on the coaching side of things. Don’t expect any new music, but maybe something might happen in the future. You never know 🙂