Artist Networking: Connecting with Other Musicians
It doesn’t matter how much talent you have. Unless somebody learns about your music, you’ll end up creating music in your house alone. Forever. A key step in getting ahead in the music industry is artist networking. This can come easier for some than others. However, although it might be challenging for some, it has to be done. Throughout this article there will be steps provided to assist you in connecting with other musicians. Maybe even landing some major artist features. Especially relevant, before we get ahead of ourselves – let’s look at some simple rules to make the process go along properly.
Artist Networking: The Rules of Engagement
First on the list, find a place where you can meet other musicians or people who can help you along the way within the music industry. This can be artist networking events, open mics, bars with live acts, or even Facebook groups for musicians. Connecting doesn’t always have to be in person, but it helps. Another good place that may be overlooked is your local music store. Many stores that specialize in gear for musicians have the rooms divided based on departments. Be creative and spend some time thinking of who you want to connect with and where they may be. However, it is very important that you keep it casual and don’t come off like a stalker. You may be excited by the opportunity at hand but it’s best to keep your cool. Furthermore, be yourself and be memorable.
In addition to the initial introduction while you are working on artist networking you should ask a lot of questions. Know what you are looking for ahead of time and be sure to keep the conversation about them. Musicians love to talk about what they are doing, working on, working with, and have done. The person may or may not be connected to somebody who can help you up the ladder so it’s best to always be polite and professional. Additionally, keep a business card ready in case you are asked. Don’t just throw it at them. In return, you should ask them for their business card or contact information. This give you a great chance to follow up. Keep your follow up simple. Don’t pitch yourself or your project. Save that as the conversation progresses. Continue to connect with as many people as possible and before you know it you may have major artist features on your project or a deal!