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Top 10 Reasons Why Music Artists Fail

Andrea

Top 10 Reasons Why Music Artists Fail

How to not follow in the footsteps of those who fail to make it as a successful music artist

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The music industry is tough! Really tough! And too many music artists fail!

Even if you are producing some amazing songs and great music, it’s not a guarantee you’ll be successful.

There is so much more to making it than just talent alone.

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WANT TO KNOW WHY MOST MUSIC ARTISTS FAIL?

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Take note, because here are the pitfalls that many music artists fall into and the top ten reasons why they don’t quite manage to make a name for themselves in the industry:

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Not Completing Music

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We get it.

You’re enthusiastic and you’ve got a great new song which you can’t wait to share with your bandmates at the next rehearsal.

And then you get another great idea – or maybe your bassist has a kick-ass song they want to try.

However, music artists fail when they aren’t organized, you really have to make music a priority.

The upshot is you end up with a dozen half-finished songs and nothing to actually put out.

You need to make sure you finish your songs guys, basically, you need a final product to release, it’s definitely the first step to success.

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Not Releasing Enough Music

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As a rough guide, you should be releasing a single every four months, an EP every eight months, and an album every year.

The knock-on effect from not completing your music is that you won’t be releasing any songs or records and the danger is that you’ll simply be forgotten about.

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Being Afraid or Scared To Dream Big

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.This is definitely one of the main reasons why music artists fail.

You’ve always gotta think on a large scale, especially in the music industry.

Initially in your career, no one is going to do the groundwork for you.

Do you want to book gigs? Get out there and find them. Not locally. Nationally…and if you really want to go there, Globally!

Brainstorm ideas, make a vision board, and look forwards to where you want to be.

Performing at your local club is a great start, but you need to break into new territory to grow your fan base.

Ultimately go big or go home, don’t make it onto that list of music artists who failed.

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Don’t be Forced into a Lane

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Music artists fail when they allow for life to dictate the way the music journey goes but you have to want it bad enough.

You can’t just push the limits in a geographical sense.

You’ve got to constantly grind out your space. For example, if you live in California maybe you could schedule putting on a performance in New York.

Time is always a factor so just when you think you’ve got some traction and feel you’re making headway – push some more.

You’ve got to break ceilings and push boundaries to get noticed.

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Ask Yourself “Am I Providing Enough Value?”

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.As well as producing music, successful artists need to be savvy in terms of giving more to their fans.

Music Artists fail when they don’t do this as fans are the most important part of your music career.

Websites, social media, and video channels all need to be slick and up to date, tell fans your latest news, give them advance notice of tour dates and keep them excited about new releases.

Essentially keep them engaged with your brand.

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Not Treating a Music Career as a Business

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You need to create a brand and then treat yourself as a business product.

And yes, art and business may seem as compatible as oil and water, but if you don’t have a business head on your shoulders, you are setting yourself up to fail.

You’ve got bills to pay, so if you want music to be your day-job, get serious about earning some money.

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Being Afraid to Network

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You are your best promo guy.

You need to network with booking agents, with other bands, with anyone who can help you to expand your fan base, get gigs further afield and help you take the next step towards success.

Check out our article on How To Become a Successful Music Artist Using Networking for some ideas of how to get you going.

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Not Ensuring a Quality Product

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You’ve got to have a good quality product.

Having a good enough recording is essential, you’re song could be the greatest but it falls apart if the audio quality is not very good.

You wouldn’t expect an unloved vintage car to beat a brand new Ferrari, and it’s the same with your recording.

To be in the race you need a high-quality product that competes on all levels.

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Not Knowing When to Delegate

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You can manage your social media; you can interact with your fans and you can network with industry personnel.

But you need to know when to call in the experts.

If you can spend on three elements to help you progress along in your music career, then you should invest in a photographer, a high-quality music videographer, and a producer/sound engineer who can take your track to the next level.

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Thinking a Manager Can Solve Every Problem

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Sure, a manager or a booking agent would be a great leg-up for you.

However, they are not a silver bullet.

Have a read of our article to ensure you don’t get scammed by anyone making grand claims about how they can catapult you to success and music stardom.

Thinking that a manager would solve all your issues is wrong, not to mention a little lazy.

YOU are the best person to drive your career and only you can put in the passion and effort required to get yourself noticed and to where you want and need to be!

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Andrea

Andrea graduated from Roehampton University and The BRIT School, whose globally recognized alumni include Adele, Katy B, Ella Eyre, FKA Twigs, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Kate Nash and the Rizzle Kicks. She takes her love of the arts and entertainment industry to provide useful information to upcoming musicians, helping them navigate the industry and avoid making costly mistakes. She actively mentors our current contributors. Andrea has qualifications in Content Marketing and also manages our collaborative playlists for independent artists

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