Stuck at home? Gigs cancelled? Unable to get back in the studio to finish that song?
We know it’s a frustrating time right now, but that doesn’t mean your music career stops. Being an artist means you’re innovative, so here are some ideas on how to keep creating from the comfort of your own home.
Start a Merch Campaign
Lots of bands, singers and producers rely on merch sales, and with many shows currently being cancelled this is becoming increasingly difficult. But fear not; on this occasion, the internet is your friend. Sites like Everpress let you sell merch with no upfront costs; you just need to sell a certain number of t-shirts for them to go to print. Why not offer free entry to a show later this year to anyone who shows up wearing that particular t-shirt?
Curate Your Own Playlist
Why not create your own Playlist and add in as many local bands, artists and producers as possible? Every stream can help right now, and if everyone on the playlist gives it a share it will go a long way. Encourage local bars, restaurants (once they’re back open) and shops to play it too to support the local music scene.
The beauty of modern technology – you can host a gig from practically anywhere! If you’re using Facebook, you can schedule a ‘watch party’ so people know in advance what time you’re going live and they can invite their friends too. It can be a great way of keeping on top of your performance skills, as well as having something to rehearse for.
Learn Something New
When you get thrown out of your normal routine, it can be tough to stay motivated. Learning a new skill can be just what you need to give you back some focus. Lots of high-profile musicians are currently unable to tour so are offering Skype lessons and tutorials that you can sign up to. There’s also lots of free software available if you fancy learning the basics of Music Production. Moog & Korg are even giving away a free synthesiser app, so now is the perfect time to broaden that skill set.
Been meaning to make the most out of BIMM Connect? Well now is the perfect time to start new projects and grow your BIMM network! Why not partner up with a fellow songwriter and work on something new over Skype? Got some music coming out and need a press release? Get in touch with a Journalism student from another campus and send them your EP. Why not give an old release some new life and get a producer to remix it? The opportunities are endless, so embrace new connections and see what happens!