You are on all social platforms. Spending your time between twitter, facebook, youtube, soundcloud and Instagram. Maybe you are even those venues to communicate with fans. So far so good. Yet there is no website. You might have online presence, but you don’t have an official face.
Sure social media is extremely important to the success of a musician. However, don’t rely solely on it. This is a common mistake I notice with new bands and musicians. They rely SOLELY on social platforms owned by someone else. They don’t have a place they own.
Thousands raving fans. Enormous billboards all over the world. Magazines publishing awesome articles about them.
A musician’s dream.
But it is challenging. If you are just getting started you might be intimidated with all the leg work that has to be done. You can’t just show up so the world can see how amazing you are. And no, journalist are not just waiting for your pitch. You have to learn how to promote your music the right way. Today we are going to show you five deadly mistakes you might be doing while trying to promote your music and your band.
Many people note that successful musicians are good looking. Is this a trend? Is coincidence? Does good appearance influence performance or good performing musicians are more attractive? In today’s article we are going to dig for some answers. Will we bust the myth or confirm it? Stay with us to find out!
First, note that entertainment and media are demand driven. They will show us only the things and people that are either controversial or that we want to see. And why not. There are plenty of entertainment shows featuring well-known musicians and the public votes for them. When we do, they shows us more of them (think X-factor).
Popular music has to appeal to wide audience. If there are two musicians that play similar music, I bet that the better looking one will become more popular. It is simply human nature to choose to look for stylish and nice looking people. Many of the musicians even undergo plastic surgeries to correct imperfections on their faces and bodies. After all they know that the performances of the most popular of them will be dissected and discussed to death. Even the minor issues will be brought to daylight. The way they dress at an event (there are many charts showing the best dressed, and the worst looking stars), who they date (paparazzi has to earn for a living, too!)
Another thing is that many of the musicians become role-models for the younger people. Who would like a Yeti-lookalike for a role-model?
However, not all of them are totally beautiful. However, they have quite a confidence. Being confident is sexy. Shy is not. In order to get on stage and perform (often times to large audiences) you have to be fuckin’ confident! Confidence can make up for lack of beauty.
Let’s return to the original question: can not-so-attractive people sing? Sure they do. Both are totally unrelated. However, most of the time it is not only music. You will have to appear on video or live performance, and the experience turns visual. Believe me, you will have to be darn good at singing, to be able to afford not to look good.
Any advice for the rising stars? Sure: be your best self every single day. Take a good care for your visual appearance. You might not be born insanely beautiful, but with small effort, most of us can look good.
The good news is that you don’t need to undergo expensive surgeries. Here are a few tips for you that will hopefully help you get one step ahead in your music career:
Get a good haircut that suits the type of your face. There are a number of guides what types of haircuts suit what faces (check this one from Vogue).
Keep your face cleanly shaven, guys. Stubble won’t cut it. Means does not matter, do it the classic way with a good shaving cream and razor or the new way – by using an electric razor.
Trim your nails and keep them looking good. Even without expensive manicure, clean hands and nails improve the overall appearance.
Keep the nasty little hairs from your nose and ears in order. Cut them regularly with a small electric nose trimmer.
Get few set of clothes that make you look smart. Invest in them, don’t get cheap stuff. You might be only able to afford two suits, but you will look like a million dollars in them.
If you’re just getting started in music, you need to look good. You need to be healthy and energetic to speed boost your music career. Sadly, that is not always the case.
However, our inner self is our worst critic. If you let the voice of that critic silence down your healthy inner voice, you will be miserable for the rest of your days. However, if you manage to silence the critic. To feel good for yourself and be pleased with what you have, where you are and who you are, then you will find happiness. First step to that is accepting who you are. Love yourself for who you are, no matter whether you are short or tall, slim or overweight. However, make it a priority to control the features that can be controlled.
Let me give you my extremely simple three-step plan:
- SET GOALS: Decide what you want
- PLAN YOUR ACTIONS: Plan accordingly
- DO: Follow the plan to the end!
Start with you appearance. Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself what can be improved.
Start small and work from there. Start with the things that can be achieved fastest, so you can get the ball rolling. Get a new haircut. Sleep well. Drink enough water. Don’t overstress over the small things. The shadows below the eyes will disappear. Your skin would look healthier. Get a new set of clothes that make you feel good.
Next: If you have a few pounds more, make it a priority to lose them. Not only you would look much better, your choice of clothes would be much larger, but you will also be healthier. And you will be your fans role-model
Now follow my plan above.
First, set your goals. Don’t be vague here. Simply: “I want to lose weight” is NOT enough. You’ve got to be really specific here. You need a measurable goal and a deadline. Set a goal like: “Reduce weight by 3 stone by 31st of December 2015”. Now you can move on to the next point which is to plan.
It all boils down to a solid fitness plan. Plan your workouts, plan your eating. Be strict but realistic. You can start here.
Now prepare to follow your plan. Do some shopping. Purchase the groceries you will need for the week according to your new healthy menu. Purchase appropriate set of workout clothes and shoes for your trainings. If you have decided that your activity would be playing basketball 3 times a week for an hour, get a set of basketball shoes and clothes. If you prefer to dance (which is highly likely, if you are musician), you would love to Zumba your way to your slimmer self. Just get a pair of good Zumba shoes like these, pants and a breathable top and start dancing.
After you’ve prepared everything you need, there is no more excuses. DO! Just do it. Start today, not tomorrow. Stick to your routine.
I’ve found that most people just surrender once they deviate from their regime. They just lose it. Don’t be these people. It is okay to break the rules once. Let me just whisper to your ear one rule. It is the rule you need to follow to stay on track. NEVER MISS your workout twice, never eat unhealthy foods twice in a row.
That is it! Start today, and reap the results tomorrow!
It has been debated to death whether it is better to run while listening to music. Some argue it distracts the runner and that no positive effects are measured, where others (me included) prefers to run with the beat turned on. It is totally a personal preference, and if you happen to be from the first group, you can skip this article. For the music fanatics, here is my list for 2016 that will make your run much more enjoyable! And make your heart beat faster! And put a big smile on your face. All right, all right, you got my point.
So, without further defending the music on the run, here is my top 5 songs for the year in no particular order:
- Eye of the tiger by Survivor
What a better motivation to finish like a winner? If you are to sign up to a marathon, a 5k or another race, you will find this one is going to motivate you even further. If you grew up in the 80s you will know that the song was written specifically for Rocky III, and it specifically focuses on kick-ass, winner attitude. The chords are powerful, motivating, pushing you up to your best. Let’s just say that no one will stop to take a breath while the song is playing. This song is very close to my heart as I also grew up in the eighties and it brings bitter-sweet memories. If you have not heard it yet, I urge you to do it
- Lose Yourself by Eminem
A great song to propel you far from your limits. A great song for the last part of your running. The lyrics are really powerful, the best is making your heart beat faster. A song that will make you pump up your pace. “Don’t miss your shot!” There will be pain, there will be obstacles, there will be enemies trying to get you on the ground. That very song has a special place in my heart, as it helped me deal with my feet pain (I have high arches and wear special running shoes for my condition).
Notice how it is written specifically for running? The old lyrics, coupled with powerful drum beats will pump up your adrenaline and will force you to speed up your running You know, many research studies show that listening to music can make your workout much more enjoyable and at the same time boost your performance. Real Win-Win situation. So, let’s continue with the best running songs
- Black Eyed Peas –Pump It
Greatly mixed lyrics, with push up beats. The blacked eyed peas definitely know how to make you move your arse. Keep pushing and listen to the song!
- Raise your glass - Pink
Another song that will make your heart beat faster. Join the party. Sing with us. Run with us! Push yourself beyond your limits