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Don’t get overwhelmed being an Independent Musician – 3 DIY musician tips

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Don’t get overwhelmed being an Independent Musician – 3 DIY musician tips

Eliminate being overwhelmed with these DIY musician tips
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diy musician tips

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Every DIY or indie musician can agree on the following pain points in their life when it comes down to making music: there is either too much to do, or regardless of how much time they put into their career, they feel as if their projects in music are not moving forward.

And even though many of us would rather not like to think of it, chances are, you’re overwhelmed! And that’s perfectly normal, we’ve all been there.

In this article, we will look at how you could eliminate overwhelm with three DIY musician tips and help you move forward with your projects. Let’s move forward.

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Don’t do everything yourself


To those of you who are running a full-time job, this number one rule is absolutely key: Don’t do everything yourself. This is the first rule of DIY musician tips.

Some of you are able to squeeze in music alongside a full-time job by waking up at 4.30 A.M and can hang on to this kind of lifestyle. For most of us who aren’t blessed to be early birds, this kind of lifestyle is not exactly attainable. Even if some of us early birds are able to squeeze in some studio time besides working fulltime, at some point you’ll hit a wall.

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Being a musician means studio time, songwriting, digital design and marketing just to name a few. That is a lot to do all by yourself. So to keep moving forward as a DIY musician, it’s important to collaborate with someone. Find the things you’re good at and expand on those. Try not to spend too much time on the things you’re not very good at and delegate those tasks to some other musician or a friend. For example, if you’re not an amazing drummer, try to hire one or ask a friend who is a good drummer.

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Split things up into phases

The second part of our DIY musician tips is to split things up into smaller chunks. The key here is compartmentation. Try splitting up your months or even year into phases. This way, you can focus on different aspects of your projects as a DIY musician without burning out. As a creative, it’s not likely that you can be at the top of your game all the time. If you’re an amazing songwriter, you’ll need periods when you aren’t focused on writing so you can find more inspiration during your “off-season” and come back to writing fully energized.

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Eric Bernsen from Sonicbids posted a useful article about 5 Free Tools Musicians Should Use to Stay Organized.

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Focus on one goal at a time

The final part of our DIY musician tips is closely-knit to tip number 1.

The best way to move forward is to set realistic goals for yourself. Aim at one goal for a given period of time, nail it and move on to the next goal. Setting goals in your life as a DIY musician will give you long-term vision and motivation. In doing so, it will help you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the most of your music.

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Setting goals and focusing on one at a time will allow you to:

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  • gain more focus
  • measure more progress
  • stay indistracted
  • be more motivated
  • overcome procrastination


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More DIY musician tips and information about getting started in the music industry can be found by downloading our free ebook.

Liesbeth

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