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Music Production: 5 Mistakes All Artists Should Avoid
1. Having A Bad Attitude
Fans and other artists like people that they can talk to and get along with. It doesn't matter how good your music is, if you are constantly gloating about how good you are, thinking you're above others, putting down others, and just having an over-all bad attitude, chances are that you are going to have less fans and less people that want to work with you.
2. Not Caring About Your Appearance
Not the way you personally look per say, but more of the way that you, as an artist, appear to others. Your appearance is what draws people in and makes them want to listen to your music. Make sure you put time and effort into getting a recognizable logo and making your social media sites look aesthetically pleasing.
3. Changing Your Name
A lot of artists change their name often when they are first starting out and don't have a fan base. It's hard enough to grow a fan base as it is, it only makes it harder when you are constantly changing your alias. How will people know what to search to find your music? When you first pick your alias, try to put a lot of time and effort into your name, make sure it is something that is unique and recognizable. Search for your desired name before you start using it. You don't want to have conflict in the future when you find out there are other artists with the same name.
4. Relying On Others To Make You Big
Don't rely on mastering engineers to make your songs sound good, don't rely on labels to promote your music, you are your best weapon when it comes to making a name for yourself. Make sure you are putting the time and effort into making yourself as big as you can without the help from others, then when other do help you, it will feel like a reward.
5. Drug Use
We aren't here to tell anyone whether or not they should use drugs, that's your choice. However, keep in mind that always being under the influence of drugs can, and most likely will, impact your life and the way others view you as an artist. Missing interviews, being late to shows, and drunk dialing your manager telling him how much you miss your ex girlfriend will make you look bad as an artist.