Monday, 20 May 2019

5 areas the place musicians can get MORE by doing LESS

Striving unbiased artists need MORE.

Extra listeners, more cash, extra alternatives, extra recognition.

However there are just a few areas the place you might really profit by doing much less.

If “downsizing” sounds scary, simply consider it as streamlining.

How you can clear the psychological muddle, make issues less complicated, and liberate time in your calendar.

Having hassle specializing in what’s most necessary? On this article, I’m supplying you with permission to…

1. Use much less gear

Think about what number of extra gigs you’d be excited (and certified) to play in case your load-in and soundcheck time was lower in half.

Over time I’ve gone from being in a band the place I used to be accountable for bringing three keyboards, 2 guitars, three amps, a pedalboard, and an accordion, …

… to simply me with an acoustic guitar, just a few harmonicas, and ONE pedal.

Even when I deliver my very own moveable PA today, my setup is FAST in comparison with the previous days.

Examine that to some mates of mine who’ve a band with a lot gear they actually can’t settle for gigs until they’re the headliner. It’s not possible for them to hurry on or off stage, so opening slots are powerful sells, they usually additionally want to depart their gear arrange throughout the opener’s set.

They’re nice, and their music sounds cool — however I guess they’d sound simply nearly as good (and play far more usually) in the event that they used half the gear.

Do extra with much less.

2. Stop your facet initiatives

Neighborhood. Networking. Expression. Collaboration. 

All good causes to do the everyday musician factor of being in twenty bands directly.

However cease.

Or at the very least in the reduction of.

In fact there are advantages to having a number of initiatives directly, however in case you really feel stretched, scattered, and careworn, it’s time to PRIORITIZE and put the majority of your power behind the music that’s most necessary to you.

Do extra with much less.

three. Persist with ONE model on your model / picture / social pics

Are you posting black & white photographs in the future and testing shade filters the subsequent? Do you apply absurd emojis one minute after which get tremendous critical rapidly? Are you smiling in some photographs and scowling in others?

There’s no rule towards exhibiting off your many sides, and positively platforms like Instagram offer you many alternative methods to be expressive, however that doesn’t imply it’s essential to USE all of them.

If you end up spending an excessive amount of time posing for, modifying, and posting pics, or scratching your head over whether or not the textual content in your put up must be sarcastic or honest, perhaps it’s time to simplify your life for just a few months (or perhaps a complete album cycle); select ONE strategy, and apply it to ALL the pictures, essays, and posts you create.

Do extra with much less.

four. Be on fewer social platforms

Talking of your social stuff, you’re most likely neglecting your presence on SOME platform, proper?

Haven’t tweeted in weeks? No new YouTube movies in over a month?

Wherever you’re slacking, ask your self WHY.

In case you don’t see your self choosing up that slack anytime quickly, perhaps contemplate going ALL IN on the platform(s) you ARE energetic on.

You don’t have to shut the opposite profiles down; simply make it clear you’re treating them, at the very least in the intervening time, like antiques warehouses. It ain’t the place the occasion is going on proper now.

Do extra with much less.

5. Have smaller objectives

And even FEWER objectives!

You recognize what I’m getting at.

Whenever you dream too huge, you don’t take the smaller steps to get from right here to there, normally as a result of the dream is so obscure (GET FAMOUS) that you simply don’t have any concept the place to start. It’s powerful to show a dream right into a actuality with out concrete plans.

Additionally, whenever you’re attempting to overcome the entire world directly (movies, playlists, excursions, new music, merch gross sales, social…) you’ll stretch your self skinny.

Obtain one factor at a time. Construct from there.

Do extra with much less.

Feeling streamlined?

Okay, now that your life is easier, have enjoyable placing extra of your power, time, finances, and focus in the direction of a very powerful features of your music-making.

Lemme know the way it goes.

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