"Getting feedback on your music is a vital component of excelling as an artist"
So you just finished cranking out yet another one of your awesome tracks and are already thinking of your next hit, right? But what about the song you just made? Has anyone heard it? Anyone that doesn't know you?
You may want to think about putting your new creation in front of fresh ears to see what the response is from an unbiased group. The more feedback you receive, the better you are able to gauge the best way to share your infinite wisdom with hordes of like-minded individuals!
Feedback on your music can be a scary thing because you have thoughts like, "What if they don't like it?" or "What if they think I'm corny?". Well, we hate to break it to you, but people will have an opinion about your music, whether they like it or not. So that's why it's always important to put your best foot forward during your song's creation, you never know who will hear it.
So let's just say, that you have an awesome song that's in prime condition, it's mixed and mastered to perfection. What do you do with it? You get it heard, by as many people as you can! If no one hears you're music, you'll never know what could have been.
Still need more convincing? Well, here's four reasons that your music needs to be heard by more people:
Reason 1: Learn How Your Music Makes Others Feel
When playing you're song for different groups of people you can get an idea of what emotions your music evokes. You ever hear a song that made you a little misty or totally amp'd up and ready for war? Well, the reason for that is because something in the song triggered an emotional response. Humans are lead by emotions, whether they admit or not, but our emotions make us take action. Maybe you have a song that prompts someone to buy your creation or maybe they swing on you?
Either way, you're making a connection with your audience and that is a large part of building a solid fan base. Do you remember buying that lackluster album from your favorite artist just because they were your favorite artist? Or buying that new Jay-Z because the last album made you feel a certain way? We tie emotions to everything, no one's exempt!
Reason 2: Begin To Develop A Tougher Skin
Having a "tough skin" is vital for an artist, as well as, for those who don't create music. Having a tough skin can allow one to accept negative feedback in a constructive manner. Being booed off the stage isn't the end of the world, but it can feel like it if your not equipped to handle the stress of rejection. Everyone that you play your music for won't like it, but it's important to be able to sift through the B.S and look for gems that can lead you to creating a finer sound. You may hear things like, "You suck, your words are all mumbled" or "That drum track was wack!" during a performance and it might sting, but there's gold in it!
You can take that criticism back to the lab and listen, truly listen to a recording of your show and see if there's any validity to the naysayer's jeers. You may even ask your closest chums to listen to a recording of your performance to see if they hear anything "off" within your set. Just remember, it's not always "You" as an artist that needs tweaking, it could be that old mic you were using has finally gone kaput! Or maybe it was nothing, but you were still able to turn that negative into a positive and use that energy to assess your quality of sound.
Reason 3: Start To Identify The Types Of Fans You Draw In
Imagine this, you're on stage rocking the set, sweat dripping off your forehead and you look into the crowd. But what you see is not what you were expecting. Instead of 20-25 yr olds going "H.A.M" to your new jam, you see about 6 13yr olds and 12 women in their 40s cheering you on! Wait, What? And then you do another show and instead of 18 people there are 50 people, but now just 40yr old women tearing up the dance floor. Now, nothing's wrong with that, but obviously the sound you thought you were making and what you actually created don't sync up.
At this point you have one of two choices: go back to the lab and torch the studio or own it and zero in on you're new fan base. Information such as this is important for an artist because they can start to see who their music truly resonates with and know exactly who will be buying the albums. Put it like this, it's easier to sell cheeseburgers to people that love cheeseburgers. You wouldn't sell a cat to a dog lover or vice versa. Once you know who you're fans are you can give them more of what they want.
Reason 4: Begin Building Confidence That Kicks Down Doors!
So your new "tough skin" is finally fitting around the shoulders and you're rocking 100 fans 2 weekends a month. You're starting to get a little buzz in your local area because people know who you are and you may even have received a few collab offers. You're starting to feel pretty good about yourself now, but do you know why? It's because your more confident in your sound. Confidence will allow you to deliver you're song to new audiences and also inspire you to expand your sound. But! A word of caution, don't get too cocky because arrogance has been the fall of many promising careers.
You want to be certain, but humble. You want to be both confident and genuine. The way you feel about yourself will show up in your work, but just make sure you don't pull a Rolling Stones World Tour when you're only Pete's Garage playing in the back of Dave's diner. The flash and glitz will come later, but for now, your confident sound is drawing in the crowds and perking ears. Maybe one of these A&R's surfing YouTube will find you or maybe not, but you're no longer a closet star, you are living your dream!
So those are just four of out an infinite number of reasons that your music should be heard by more people. Now what are you going to do with this information? Are you going to get in front of new ears or be a legend in your own mind?
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