See the 10 Tips to Make Money from the Music Industry. Music is a money making profession in Nigeria, Falz dished legal profession for music, Wizkid is one of the richest artist in Nigeria and Davido would still have been dependent on his parents. The truth is if you don’t know the right step to take, you will fail in the music industry.
For the serious upcoming artists, this article is for you. There are some avoidable mistakes made by artists over and over which pointed them out here, work on them and see yourself soaring high. This information will give you an edge over your fellow artist if taken wisely
How to Make Money from the Music Industry
1. Develop your Skill
There are spaces on the mountain not just because there want to be spaces but because it requires sacrifice and hardwork to get there. Are you ready for that?
You want to standout in the music industry, are you really ready to stand out? If your answer is positive then you can proceed. There are some artistes who are making it in the music industry simply because they are the best at what they do. It’s more about how well you do what you do
Beyonce said this in an interview with MTV interview
“”I am a workaholic and I don’t believe in no. I don’t believe in I need to sleep. If I’m not sleeping nobody’s sleeping. I’m one human being. It’s a lot. If I want to be a businesswoman, I’m a businesswoman. Independence is not easy.”
Here is what Wizkid said in an interview with top celebrity magazine
“There is no part of Surulere I have not done music….. I use to go to all the carnivals every December in every street in Surulere; like Lawanson, Ojuelegba and so on. Nobody paid me money for performing in events in those days…”
Don’t give up even when your first, second and third track didn’t get popular. Be patient! The journey to success has no direct route. Getting a good foundation for a lasting career always take some time, so start with the ground work first . Looking at the biography of top artists, it took them an average of 10 years to make it to the top.
Wizkid did his first album at age 11 but got his first major recognition for a feature by M.I in 2009.Music is not for the impatient, if you can’t wait long then this profession is not for you, change your profession
In an interview with andre blaize, read what Olamide said “At a time , I practically lived in the studio having left home for good . It took me six years in the studio learning and being tutored all I could from ID Cabasa before I finally dropped Eni Duro . I never knew it would be accepted. We just did it and dropped it at the Sound Cloud and good comments were made of it.”
3. Know your Audience
Music should be all about you but what your fans want. Give the best of you to your fans. They are your customers. Music is not just for clubs and getting high; remember not everyone goes to club. Some need music to take them through love life, hardships of life and even joyous moments. Leave old trends of music and look into the future
Don’t try copying, you can only go far trying to be like a top musician like Olamide, 2face, Wizkid, Davido etc but you can’t replace them. Fans will only keep remembering them more than you when they listen to your copycat version which is the beginning of failure. You don’t expect to build your house on another man’s land
4. Get a Vision and Strategy
If you don’t know your direction, you will find yourself jumping from one place to another without going anywhere. If you are a rapper, stay on your lane, find your niche among the audience and focus your energy on what you have and expand it instead of competing with singers when you are not good
Take it a step at a time, start with your hood then move to the locality, to the state, then to the region and keep going. At every step, create plans and put timelines to it.
From time to time, evaluate your progress and adjust strategy is progress is not met. Make more research and get ideas about the music industry and apply
5. Get Serious .Get some Buzz !
You wish to get signed by a music producer but you haven’t done any song of your own, not to talk of promoting it or branding yourself. If you are one of them, please kindly stop wishing and wake up
A record label owner cannot invest in someone he cannot make profit from. Gone are the days where a label will sign raw talents and process them over years into a super star
In the music industry today in Nigeria, be ready to bring something to the table if you want to be sponsored by anyone
6. Shade Pride
Empty brains really makes the loudest noise Pride does no good to any one and is hated by all ,it can destroy all you have worked for in just few days .
The only thing one gets from pride is self gratification which wont impact positively to fans, your music career and talent . talent alone is never enough, you also need character to keep the door of opportunities open.
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7. Talk to God
Acknowledge God in all you do, he is the reason for your existence. He can take you faster than anything else in your music career. It is not by money or connections, all we do in life is influenced by the spiritual
8. Promote Yourself
Promote your music. Good promotion can blow your career. Spend time presenting your song in shows, networking and building relationship s with radio presenters than spending time in the studio doing nothing.
Fans can start downloading your songs when they hear them and find interest in what you do. If there is no pain, there is no gain, once you overcome the challenge of approaching people about your music, it becomes fun to do
9. Get and remain in the right attitude
Attitude is another thing that makes a huge difference in life. You may not be able to change circumstances around you but you can choose how you see them. don’t join the those wailing about the Nigeria Government, oh well , there is a lot wrong with the Nigeria Government but be positive, complains has never solved a problem.
Be positive and be grateful and thankful for life. Don’t wait for success to come, go for it. Choose to be positive, you will give you the motivation you need to progress, a negative outlook will only drain you of energy to improve your situation
10. Invest in Your Music Education
Get quality information about music will cost you something but the difference it can make is priceless. Invest in yourself.
The difference between a loser and a winner in any profession is information. The internet gives you access to lots of information but there are still lots of missing info, learning the wrong thing is worse than ignorance
Adhere to these guidelines above and notice the difference
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