1. Master The Art Of Writing Songs
Obviously the first step to achieving success as a songwriter is to master the art of writing songs. There are numerous songwriting websites and books out there, packed full of information and lessons, that will guide you in the right direction. But don’t forget, you can read all the song writing books you want but there’s no better way of learning than getting stuck in and actually writing songs. The more the better!
2. Read Up On How The Music Industry Works
If your going to enter an industry, it’s important to learn as much about it as possible, especially the music industry (which can be an extremely cut throat industry). Some important aspects of the music business that you must take on board are topics such as; Music Royalties, Copyright, Songwriting Contracts, Record Labels & Publishing Companies.
3. Build A Home Recording Studio
Dont Worry! This doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars building a recording studio in your home. With the advances in technology you can create a great sounding home recording studio for under $500 dollars. All you need is a computer, an audio interface, music sequencing software, a microphone and some instruments. Then you’re ready to get going and start recording your songs.
4. Join A Songwriters Organisation
Joining a songwriters organisation is extremely beneficial to any songwriter, especially a beginner songwriter. What you get from joining is guidance, support, music industry contacts and collaberation contacts. Just Google “songwriting organisation” to find your local organisation to join.
5. Record A 3 Song Demo
Pick 3 of your best songs and record a demo. When picking your songs it’s important to ask yourself certain questions such as; Has the song got commercial potential? Is the song short enough for radio airplay? Has the song got a catchy chorus or hook? If you answer yes to these questions then it’s time to get them recorded.
6. Pick The Right Labels To Submit Your Songs
If you purchase the book “songwriters market” you will find a very comprehensive list of record labels and music publishing companies to submit your songs to. The list tells you about each companies submission policies and what type of music they want. So before sending off your demo’s make sure you take into account each companies rules or your music will end up in the trash!
7. Play The Game!
After submitting you music you will start to see some responses from companies. It’s important to weigh up your offers and before singing anything, make sure you get a music attorney to look over the contract.
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