Music Networking: Getting Started
It’s no secret that most creatives and musicians can be introverted. Perhaps this is why they use aliases. However, working in the music industry is truly the epitome of it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Almost every music producer has dreamed of quitting their day job and living the luxurious life of a music producer working with major artists. Same goes for talented singers, rappers, and bands. The music industry has quite the allure, especially when you see the lifestyle many success artists are living on social media. So, what does it take to get to that point? Let’s start with music networking. This is how you connect with people throughout the industry and may even lead to major artist features. Let’s go over some social skills that may eventually hand you the keys to success.
Music Networking: The Basics
First and foremost, do not be afraid to put yourself out there. Whether it is on social media or at a networking event, you must make yourself accessible and show a willingness to connect with others. Be assured that the chances of you being discovered because of your mystique and obscure presence are slim to none. The point here is to be approachable. The key to music networking is to make others comfortable enough to work with you. Keep in mind, as personal that your art is to you – the same goes for every other musician you may encounter. Especially relevant, make an effort to be open to questions or feedback from your peers.
The next thing to keep in mind is that as you are music networking, you should be genuine and authentic. Nobody wants to work with the person that is all about their own success. Being disingenuous can be transparent. If somebody can put you in a position to better yourself based on their current following and audience, approach them for the right reasons. If you have no interest in collaborating with them other than to reach their fanbase, money talks. This is why major artist features can be extremely beneficial in establishing yourself. However, they come with a price and for good reason.
As you continue your path of music networking your reach should be increasing. You will encounter familiar faces and may get opportunity because of this. However, keep in mind that what you receive from others will be valuable so you should always try to bring value to the table as well.