“It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions,” Glass says. “…It’s going to take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
So for your own good, hang out with musicians who are better than you.
If you’re looking to keep your creative gene working, check out Austin Kleon’s little book Steal Like An Artist. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve read it like a dozen times.
This means Facebook will prioritize content from your friends, family, and groups and show you less content from businesses trying to sell you something.
First, this is no surprise. Facebook had already changed your newsfeed from chronological to this-is-really-what-you-should-see content.
Second, I’m sure we’ll see much more of this in the future. And not just from Facebook.
Since the social media giant bought Instagram, the photo-sharing app has slowly been mimicking Facebook’s algorithm. And even though Twitter is still chronological, they’ve started showing people an “In case you missed it” section.
And third, we DIY musicians shouldn’t be deterred by this. Things change. You have to adapt. Life moves on.
Here’s the thing: you’re business model as a musician should not rely on the way a social media platform operates. Your model should be able to flow with the times.
If and when Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter evolve their algorithms and as social media platforms come and go, you should be investing in one constant: email.
Email isn’t going anywhere. And email providers are not changing your inbox so you see the “more important” emails rather than allowing you to see them as they come in.
People use email for business and life, in general, to get things done, not for entertainment.
So email providers know there would be an outcry if they changed anything. They know people would jump ship and go to another email service.
This is why you should have an email list as a musician.
When I post something on Facebook, only a fraction of my followers actually see the post. But with email, I know everyone on everyone on my email list will at least see that I emailed them.
Plus, getting someone’s email address is a very special thing, meaning they’re probably more interested in your music than the average Facebook follower.
In the hierarchy or personal info people give out, it goes like this:
4. A like on social media
3. Email address
2. Phone number
1. Social security number
Obviously, I would never ask for someone’s SSN and probably never their phone number.
The point is, email is a big step into a person’s life from being connected on social media. Your email subscribers care more about your music and your success.
In a landmark deal, the songwriting industry and music streaming companies partnered to cut a deal with the federal government, reports The Tennessean.
Without getting too much into the legal jargon, here’s what the new deal means: streaming companies will now be able to easily license songs, while songwriters and publishers should see an increase in their own digital rates.
Here’s a little more detail on what the deal will lead to:
“Songwriters and publishers could be identified more accurately and paid more promptly,” thanks to a soon-to-be mechanical digital rights organization run by music publishers and funded by streaming companies
Boosted royalty rates for songwriters, thanks to rate courts being able to look at sound recording royalty rates as a factor when they set rates for songwriters and publishers
More boosted royalty rates for songwriters, thanks to us being able to present as evidence for more royalties the sync licensing deals (our music in TV/film) we get.
ASCAP and BMI can take their rate-setting disputes to any of the federal judges for the Southern District of New York, instead of being assigned to one federal judge
The DIY Music Train Will Keep Chugging — Hop On
Now is one of the best times to be a DIY musician.
Anyone can record music in their bedroom and make it sound professional (check out the Audio Recording category for more on that). It’s so easy and affordable to distribute your music worldwide.
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.
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.