Are you a musician or in a band but not sure how to get your act noticed? Here is our advice on getting discovered.
Top tips on being discovered
- Register your band for as many websites as possible, for example SoundCloud, Facebook, Last.fm, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Get on new websites as soon as they launch. By being aware of what websites have started up and are becoming popular, you will have an advantage in getting your music heard to new audiences.
- Get your music out there. Leave comments on blogs, forums and other social networking sites, however do not spam! This will lose you credibility and will potentially annoy people.
- Ask for feedback from people, but don’t get angry if the reaction is negative. You're never going to appeal to everyone.
- Get your stuff on Spotify It's one of the most popular ways to listen to music nowadays - so you've got to be where everyone is! Find out how to get started here.
Build a buzz around your music
Gigging regularly will get you seen and heard, but getting your demo out and posting music online will help too.
It’s now more important than ever to be creative with your music, and this will help you stand out from the crowd. It’s a competitive market so think how you can get your music noticed.
Remember that conquering your local scene should be your first port of call. Become the best known band in your area. Once this happens, people within the music industry will travel to see you.
Make contacts with as many people within your local music scene as possible. This includes gig promoters, DJs, venue owners, independent music shop owners, and music bloggers.
Want your music to be played on the radio?
Getting played on the radio is a tough task. It’s a very competitive market to break into and you are battling against big international artists, who radio stations are more likely to play due to their popularity. However, don’t forget that they had to start somewhere too!
The most popular radio station like Radio 1, Radio 2 or the Bauer Radio Stations (such as Radio Forth, Radio Clyde, and Tay FM) will play established artists during the day, however there are still shows, particularly at night, where less heard or unsigned artists can be played.
However, getting played on regional, local, student and online radio should also be a priority.
It is important to remember that DJs and producers get sent hundreds of records every week, so don’t be too disheartened if you don’t receive a reply straight away!
If you are sending a CD to a radio producer:
- Only put two or three of your best tracks on it.
- Print the track listing and add some basic information about your band, linking to your SoundCloud/Spotify/social media accounts.
- Put a label on your CD and make it as professional looking as possible.
- Don’t give too much information. They won't have the time to read lot's so try to be short and sweet.
The BBC Introducing website features many articles on starting out, recording, playing live, and how to promote your band.
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