1. Start Local – Hit the local areas first, visits local bars and pub to see if you can get yourself a small gig. At this point in your career don’t worry about the money, it’s always good to have but this shouldn’t be a factor when deciding where to gig. Start of small and work up to bigger venues, if you know someone that does have a small bar that would like some live music you could offer your talents for free as a tester to help give you more exposure to other local bars.
2. Freebies – Everyone loves something free; get yourself some CD’s printed that you can give away at the gigs that you do at the start of you career. These can be easily obtained from a CD duplication company and on a variety of disc sizes with custom printed discs. Always keep some of these with you in your usual daily life, visit local pubs, bars and clubs to see if they want a copy to play.
3. Online – The online world is always growing and it offers simple and easy ways to get yourself noticed. YouTube has always been a very popular sites for new artists but as the site becomes more popular more videos are being uploaded. The daily upload is so high that it is impossible to watch everything that has been uploaded to YouTube in 1 day. Most recent stats show that 60 hours of video are uploaded every minute and although this is high you should still use it but should not focus all you attention to this site.
Outreach to music website and music blog, this is where you will get the most appreciation from what you create, make sure the website is relevant to your type of sound and you can also use the CD’s you purchased in the stage above as a gift for adding a track and something about you to their website.
4. Friends – Where would you be without them? At home drinking and playing games is usually a common answer. Friends are always going to be there to help you in whatever you want to do so get them to help spread you talent to their friends and people they meet. You will get your chance to thank them and pay them back later on in your career. While you are doing all of the above your friends will grow and you will get more exposure from this.
5. Social – Facebook and Twitter are great for keeping you audience up to date. If you don’t already have these setup get yourself one now, Facebook page about you and your music and a twitter account for your music as well. I have many pages on Facebook and would advise on not connecting these as the Facebook messages are much longer than what twitter can post. Using these networks and even putting some money in to Facebook advertising can really help, start will a small campaign to get your page likes up and link your page to your music.
Following the above you will get much more exposure and your music will spread across the globe faster than it is currently doing. Everyone has a talent and this will help others find and appreciate yours.
Daniel Marriott lives in the UK and spends most of his spare time reading blogs and increasing his knowledge of everything.