If you are one of those talented people that want to pursue a career in the music industry, you need to become a recording artist and get your music out there.
Becoming a recording artist means that you will have to record your songs, either professionally or not, and share them with the rest of the world. You can achieve this in several different ways, but all them require talent, patience and determination.
How to become a successful recording artist
In order to succeed in becoming a recording artist, you need to set goals and focus on them, work practically every day and try to not get discouraged by minor setbacks too easily. They are part of the game and you need to love creating music in order to be able to overtake them.
Below, we have gathered a number of methods and tips that will help you pursue your career as a recording artist.
This rule applies equally for everything you want to achieve in your life. Determination is a key factor when it comes to success, and it is the tool that will help you remain positive and work harder on your projects in order to improve as an artist.
You need to set a list of goals and try to achieve them step by step. Start with the smaller ones and progress to the more difficult systematically. Small achievements will help you boost your enthusiasm and become even more positive.
Beginning with smaller goals will also help you obtain the appropriate experience to handle the more difficult ones when the time is right. Make sure that you learn from the steps required to achieve them and apply this knowledge to your next step in your career.
Use your determination to gain confidence about your music. Confidence is very important as it will make you believe even more in your talent and you are going to transmit that feeling through your songs to your audience too.
Gather a team to support you
Being surrounded by a strong team of friends to support you is extremely important. They are the ones that you will be able to discuss your concerns or future goals with, and trust them to be discreet about them.
What is more, you can always count on them to be there for you when any possible setbacks occur. They are going to help you see the positive side of things and encourage you to keep making music and recording your songs.
Make sure that you avoid bad influences or jealous people that can harm your confidence. You do not need such distraction or discouraging thoughts throughout your day, because they will keep your working process behind.
Decide on your style and genre
In order to be able to create music, you need to decide on your music genre. There are many music genres available for you to work on, but you should choose the one that you like the most according to the music you listen to.
What artists do you listen to the most? What are your favorite albums and songs? The answers to these questions will guide you into choosing the appropriate music style for the songs you are about to create and will help you make music that you like, not music that you feel obliged to make as a job.
Try to work on cover songs of successful artists and find out which songs suit you best. Make a case of trying several different styles of songs and music genres in order to acquire a better perspective of the music style that you enjoy playing.
Find out what your passions are considering music and focus on them. Start with one main genre and try to improve your skills. Later on your career you can experiment with more genres and mix them with your own style to create something unique and original.
Find your talent and be realistic
Not everyone can do everything. You need to focus on thing that you are strong and try very hard to improve them even more. Don’t waste your time with things that do not suit you and are very distant from your character.
Make sure that you have a good perspective of what you can achieve when you start creating music and what you cannot. This will help you avoid pointless practice sessions or time investment into unnecessary things that will not practically help you become a better recording artist.
Learn one thing at a time. Talented people can work on multiple things and acquire different knowledge skills at the same time, but when starting out it is better to focus on small goals and your strong music characteristic. Over time, as you work more and gain experience, it will be much easier for you to expand your list of capabilities.
Learn from the best
The best way to acquire huge amounts of knowledge and speed up the process of becoming a recording artists, is by studying the successful and established artists.
Make a list of your favorite artists and listen to their entire discographies. Start taking notes of their achievements and find the reasons behind their success. Listen carefully to your favorite songs as many times as possible.
Focus on the techniques they use to create them, and how they evolved them over time. Every artist becomes more experienced as he makes more songs, albums and live performances. All those elements can be spotted in their songs, and you have the opportunity to study them and apply them to your own songs.
Use different methods of creating songs from different artists, and find out which ones seem more convenient to you. Try to use them exactly as they did at first, and once you take the upper hand experiment with your own style so that you create something authentic and unique.
It is never late to start learning. Find a good and experienced teacher or a team of teacher to enhance your musicality level and improve your music in general.
Learn to play an instrument. This is a great way to become more technical when it comes to creating music. You can understand better the terms the musicians use to make their songs, and you can establish a better communication with them.
If you already know how to play an instrument, learn a second one. It is always beneficial to learn something new. Starting to play a new instrument will make you a better musician and will help you be more creative when structuring your songs.
This happens because every musical instrument has a unique sound and way of being played that you need to learn. For example, the flute is a completely different instrument from the guitar. Learning how to play a new instrument, will challenge you to become better and work harder on your music in order to take it to the next level.
What is more, you can take vocal lessons. Vocal lessons are extremely important because they will make you a better singer by improving the way you present your songs to other musicians or your audience, regarding live performances.
Make sure that you search and find an experience teacher that can help you practice and find out all the secret capabilities of your voice. Even the most successful singers take vocal lessons constantly so that they keep their voices warm and ready for the next songs.
Adjust your daily program
You need to adjust your program so that you work every day on your music. Working harder is the best way to create songs that have a great impact on your listeners.
Find out which are the best hours for you to work. If you are a morning person and you have the most energy when you wake up, use those early hours and start working on your music. Organize your rehearsals and work on new ideas that you may have.
If you are a night person, adjust your daily routine accordingly. Make sure that you take a morning job r fulfil all your other obligations in the morning, so that you can devote your evening and nights to your music.
Being able to work every day is one of the main facts that makes recording artists successful. Avoid being distracted or focused on thing that waste your time, and be determined to succeed through daily hard practice.
Always remember to take breaks every now and then, go out with your friend or take long walks so that you can refresh yourself and charge up your batteries. It is essential that you do not fed up from a difficult practice program. Take care of your health and do not overestimate your stamina.
Get familiar with the studio environment
You should start hanging out with fellow musician in professional studios. This way you will start getting used to the studio environment so that you feel convenient creating music in it.
This is a very essential step, because as a recording artist you will be spending large amounts of your time in different professional recording studios according to the need of your songs. Make great use of your time in the studio and check out the equipment and the ways they can be used.
Participate in discussions between sound engineer and music producers, so that you can start learning the technical terms they use when they create or edit music. This will help you establish great communication level between you and your partners, especially when there are entire bands involved in creating a single song.
What is more, it will make you capable of being more accurate when explaining your views on how you would like to structure a song, so that you can avoid misunderstandings upon your work.
Record your songs
Take the next step and start recording your songs. After you have practiced hard on structuring your songs and you are able to perform them to perfection, find a professional studio with an audio engineer that you trust and record your songs.
In the beginning, you can go and record them as rough demo versions, and listen to them carefully in order to spot any mistakes that you may have missed during the creation. What is more, you can gain a better view on how to use your voice so that you improve your singing skills.
After the demo step, organize the official recording session of your songs. You should have corrected any imperfections and mistakes by listening to the rough recordings of your songs, so now you must be able to perform them better.
You have already become familiar with the studio environment, so you should feel ok recording your voice. Let the experienced sound engineer guide you through the process, and give you his valuable insights on how you could improve your song even more.
Take into serious consideration his suggestions, and apply the ones that you like to experiment with the result. Edit the song along with the engineer. You can give him instructions about the way you want to make your recordings sound, and he will have a clear view on how to edit your song.
Mix and master
The last step of a recording session is the mixing and mastering process.
During the mixing process, the audio engineer will be able to clean your recordings, and make the most important parts of the song stand out. Furthermore, he will balance the sound of every individual track in the song, so that it sounds smoother to the average ear.
After the cleaning and balancing, he will take the separate tracks of your song and will mix them into one single track. He does this in order to prepare it for the mastering process, which is the last process before your track is ready for distribution and commercial use.
In the mastering process, he will make your song sound louder, warmer and he will widen the stereo level of your song, in order to bring it up to music industry standards.
You should pay attention to the entire process. It will be very beneficial for you during your next recording sessions, as you will be able to talk more efficiently with the audio engineer about the overall sound quality of your songs.
These are some of the methods and tips you can apply on your music in order to become a successful recording artist.
Make sure that you stay creative and make original music in order to distinguish yourself from the rest of the artists.
Enjoy recording your songs!