DIY musicians will tell you, it ain’t easy making a living through music, but it is possible.
So anything you can do to boost your DIY music career is a step in the right direction.
With that in mind, here are five simple tools you can use to do just that.
If you want more people to hear your music, you need to go where the people are.
Not everyone listens to music on the same platform. Some people like Spotify, others like Apple Music, and even others like Pandora.
That’s why music distributors are really helpful — they’ll send your music to almost every website that streams and/or sells music.
To get involved with a distributor, you can check out my guide for selling your music online.
Evernote is how I do my songwriting now. It lets me organize notes, attach voice memos to my lyrics, and allows me access on the app or desktop.
You can create tags to easily find a song you’re working on. And you can easily share notes, like if you’re writing a song with someone.
I’m pretty much addicted to it. Check it out here.
LANDR is an automated mastering service. I now use it for every song I need to master.
They use the same technology that Spotify or Apple Music uses to recommend other songs and artists to you. Somehow, they’re able to identify the sonic properties of a song and then master it based on that.
And you know if I’m using it, it’s affordable. You can either pay under $10 for a master WAV file or set up a monthly subscription for about $25 a month.
If you produce and record music, you should check out LANDR.
I use Upwork, a website that connects freelancers with clients, to find a lot of music writing jobs, but I also get jingle projects, songwriting jobs, and pretty much any music-related work.
It’s the key to me being able to work from home.
I highly recommend you look at the jobs on there.
A PA System
Let’s admit it — nobody likes dealing with a sound system. Not even the sound guy.
But having a nice PA system is an investment that can make your gigs so much easier. No more praying that the venue will have a half-decent sound system. No more annoying your one friend with a PA system.
I have to admit — I don’t own one. But I want one. And this Rockville PA system looks like a good one for under $300.
So give these tools a shot and let me know what you think!