Monday, 25 February 2013

I've decided I want to be a musician.... NOW WHAT?

It is common knowledge that the music industry in Australia is a hard one to crack! With a small population, literally thousands of super talented musicians and limited opportunities to showcase your talent.  Once you have decided you want to be an original artist, what do you need to do to get started?

Who better to ask than out local expert and good friend of Bloom Entertainment, Paul Sciulli, C.E.O of Rockwell Music Records. Here is what he had to say...

There's a few ways you can do this, but doing as many of these as possible is the best idea. For now, strengthen your voice. It's going to develop and change for the next 6 or so years, and even then the change will only slow down. Work with a vocal teacher to make sure that you're taking care of your voice and progressing it.

Practice karaokes in front of strangers to build up your experience. It's necessary that you're okay in front of normal people for when you go to sing to drunks.

Find a band that's looking for a lead singer, and give the audition all you're worth. Practice with them and don't be the diva; it's a lot easier for a band to get a gig than it is for a single singer. Hopefully you can gain street cred by doing lots of performances; the better the cred, the more likely you'll get scouts. Go to school for music. It's important that you have a degree, and you may decide that you want to go into a different aspect of the industry. As you perform with your school or band, scouts will be more likely to be there and see your talent. This is not a course for the faint-hearted. It's not enough to be good, or your best. You must be the absolute best, and you have to really want this. These 3 words will help you to pursue you music career: Persistence, Determination and have no limits.

It takes a lot but it will be worth it in the end. Be smart and plan your every step now. For this career, it is necessary to prepare yourself above and beyond the average career.

Please don't be the one that wants to get into the music industry and make it big just for the money ... you're not that person.Who would want to do something like but you never know; yet while you're young, it's usually about the music and not the profit. I've seen a lot of people who kind of throw this out there, how they want to be a star and all that, but people like that are hardly going to go far. It has to be about the music, the creativity, and the lifestyle ... NEVER about the material profit.

Just do what you love; don't worry about the fame. If you enjoy singing, find people who enjoy the same thing. Record yourself singing, and maybe put it on YouTube and ask for feedback on how to improve.
Explore your creativity and explore new areas of music, maybe pick up an instrument (if you don't play already). It's always best to find new bands and new areas to explore other than mainstream. I no longer listen to the radio because of its commercialism. You'd be surprised at the wide variety of talented musicians out there that have not been discovered.

When you get older, it might be possible to move to a city where entertainment is big. That way you can get into it and have a better chance. Get with the right people, and write some great, ORIGINAL music (that is key here.) You don't want to be doing the same thing that others have done for years.

In today's world, you need to stand out. Try and contact people that can get you some gigs in places, maybe as opening acts and the like.

Everyone has to start out small, and if you have passion for your work, you will succeed.The most important thing in music is the emotional response from the people you are performing for. THAT'S what music is about. Music is art, not entertainment.

Let me end by quoting one of the all time greatest producers:

Mr. Quincy Jones

If there are common denominators, they are spirit and musicality. I go for music that gives me goose bumps, music that touches my heart and soul
Ive always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying - Aint That The Truth

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