How to become a successful electronic musician? Here's a tip: Don't quit your day job. A lot of people who get to play in various bands think they can start a music career without paying their dues in other places first. People would assume that with the advent of the Internet, a time was ripe for the disaffected to take their passions from bedroom music to the mainstream. All they had to do was wait around, upload their tracks into SoundCloud, and post them online. Over the last two years, however, there have been a lot of people who have fallen victim to this thinking. Sure, a handful of "noise" artists could have managed to break through. But there are many more people who had the songs they posted online but lost their spot in the crowd because they simply weren't well-known or well-supported in their day jobs. There are a lot of reasons why this happened, of course. At the moment, SoundCloud is pretty much the only serious place where unsigned bands can put their stuff on the internet. Other sites that promote music that doesn't get published on SoundCloud will soon be able to afford deals with licensing companies, but it will probably take a few years for them to get there. So when it comes down to it, the crowding of the playing field is just the result of a lot of different factors working against one another. The good news is that while it's true that making a living as an artist still requires a day job, a musician who's ready to quit his or her day job and make it happen can still have a successful career. Here are some steps you can take to make that happen. There's no blueprint to the successful musician. The key to success in any walk of life is a thick skin and a will to succeed. Going from a job in your professional field to a life on the road and working your ass off is a tough transition. In addition, the skills you learn in that first job are really going to set you back as a musician. Musicians should have a passion for what they do. There are many musicians that become very good at what they do only because they found a job where they didn't have to actually be that good. Having a job that paid the bills while doing what you love also helped to break the creative shackles. If that job paid the bills, you just had to ignore what you did on the weekends and you were good to go. If you don't have that, though, you're going to have to sacrifice. You can't be an artist without a job that pays the bills, but if you don't have the job, you don't have a chance. I spent the early years of my musical career doing whatever job I could get. I was a stocker, dishwasher, package sorter and a delivery driver. But while I was lucky enough to make music on the side, I never was able to turn my passion for music into a job. It's easy to be lazy and not put in the extra effort, but if you're just going to show up every day and do what you're told, you're going to burn out fast. As soon as you get that first paycheck, you're going to have to spend it on a second job. Paying off student debt can be a little tougher, because you probably don't have the money to just pay your loans back. Depending on what kind of student debt you're in, you may also have to pay it down with your first salary. If you have loans with fixed interest rates, you may not have enough extra income to pay off the debt in a year or two, at least without throwing the rest of your income at it. But if you take on a job in addition to your music career, you'll also have to increase your income. I've been really lucky with my jobs. Because they're part time, I was able to find work that didn't conflict with my music and I could earn enough money from each job to cover my bills and put some aside. Sometimes I get another job, and sometimes I don't. But this is the case with any musician who wants to make money. In closing, I think it's important that music, to get really commercial, needs to be enjoyed without paying for it.
Over a year in the making, I have generated over 1 million Spotify streams This is between my three artist profiles, Intersex, Jasper Camber, and Jean Jasper. I have three profiles because I have changed my artist name and I wanted to separate my instrumental music from the music with vocals. My portfolio of music is growing, and I am looking to get placement on playlists for it. When I manage to get placement, I will post about it with links here. Thanks for making these projects so big for me. I'm looking forward to what comes next. Listen to Intersex on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com… My upcoming album, "Quarantine Recordings" by Jasper Camber is scheduled for release and sent to stores. It will be released on February 27. The attached song is from the album, and it's a unique instrument that pushes the boundaries of the genre-melding piano, synthesizer, drums, and more to create an uplifting, euphoric soundscape. This album will be available on this site for free. It will also be on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. I'm going to continue releasing more instrumental albums this year as the year progresses. Spotify has a playlisting dashboard which seems to be the way to get on playlists, so I'm going to use their dashboard to pitch some of the songs to playlists, and hopefully I will get some placements. It would be really good to be in instrumental playlists on Spotify, as I would get streams from the playlists and algorithmic playlists. If I'm not able to get on playlists through Spotify, I will submit my song to free playlists online and try to get placement and promote the album otherwise. I want to try to make a living from my music soon, so I have been focused on promoting it recently. I should be getting paid this month for my streams back in December, and I am going to invest the money I make back into my music and make more. It's a real challenge to make money in the industry but so far I have really enjoyed the process. I don't know if I am doing everything right and there are probably better ways I could be doing things, but soon I should be making enough to support myself. I'm committed to my art, and I feel like that's what it takes. I hope you enjoy the below sample from my upcoming album. Remember to check it out when it's in stores on Saturday, February 27!
Spotify lets you write a 500 character playlist pitch This playlist pitch is designed to to put your song in front of playlist curators. For my upcoming album, I wrote this pitch: "I wrote this song using Ableton and Native Instruments, as well as software I created called OpenChords (intersexmusic.com/opench…). I blend piano, synthesizer, drums, strings and more to create unique, energetic and psychedelic instrumentals. I will promote this music independently with advertising, and I run two music focused sites I use to promote music, intersexmusic.com and uglek.com. I plan to promote any playlists this song is added to on my websites, valued over $30k (worthofweb.com)" I wanted to highlight how I made the music because I make music in a unique way. I use my own software. I also wanted to highlight how I promote it because that's unique too. This time around, I'm promoting my music on this website. I'll be posting more about the music up until the release date, and interacting with fans here. I'll also do this for future posts. If you have any good ideas for pitching songs to Spotify curators, please let me know in the comments.
I'm sharing another previously unreleased song with you today. This song is a part of my upcoming album, "Quarantine Recordings" by Jasper Camber and it will be on Spotify on the 27th of this month. Please give it a listen if you're interested, it's a really pleasurable track to listen to. It's an instrumental meld of various instruments I typically use that is very melodic and cinematic. I've been making a lot of music like this and I'm really excited to share it with you here and on other streaming services once it is released. I will be promoting this song as well, so you should see the stream count take off shortly after release and I'm sure this song will quickly become one of my most popular releases. I'm thinking I might try to have my single, "Mask" go gold through streaming. All I need is 75,000,000 streams, and I already have 1/150 of that only a few months after promoting it. It's quite possible I will be able to have the track go gold within the next 10 years. I am certainly interested in this, as adding a gold record to my collection would improve my image as an artist. I look forward to sharing more content from my next album as the release date nears. Please stay tuned here for more updates, and I encourage you to comment and post here as well as share the site with your friends. It's good to see I am getting a little community together on the site.
This is a song from my first EP by Intersex. It's called "I'll Keep Running" and it's a blend of horns, synthesizer, bass, drums, and brooding vocals that make for an easy and engaging listen. I think it's one of my best songs so far, and it's certainly one of the most popular, with over 90,000 streams on Spotify and more every day. Click the play button below to listen to "I'll Keep Running" by Intersex, or listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com…
Please enjoy this song I wrote in 2019, released in December. I created this song melding piano chords I wrote in OpenChords, drums, vocals, and a synthesizer riff mainly. I think it has a really nice feel to it, and it's one of my best songs to date with vocals. Being as I now have Google AdSense on the site I am going to post more of my music here so you can enjoy it without having to use another streaming service. Click the play button below to listen to "On my Mind" by Intersex
I wrote a song the year before last which was on my Spotify profile for a while also wasn't for some time. This is because my profile was vandalized and I had to set up a new one. Despite this, the song will be back on my new profile in the near future. I have attached the song below if you would like to give it a listen. I wrote this song using sampled strings, bass, and drums. It's a simple melody but the vocals are expertly crafted around it and it has a nice flow and feels to it. It's nice to listen to, with the cello and bass melding perfectly ahead of a persistent drum beat and upbeat vocals. With a fairly high BPM, it's a fast-paced and entertaining journey into the world of my music.
How To Write a Song: Common Song Structure Tips If you're trying to figure out how to write a song, chances are you'll be looking for some easy-to-follow music theory lessons. After all, the whole point of writing songs is to be your own star and make your own mark. It's easy to get lost along the way and find yourself replaying a bad song you wrote years ago instead of performing it in front of a live audience. Don't worry, it's never too late to learn how to write a song. Knowing how to write a song means discovering a basic idea to construct around. Take your favorite instrument of choice, play it, and begin to sketch out a rough first verse and chorus. You'll be surprised how easily a simple song structure will materialize. Chances are, you may already have an idea that you can tweak to fit your style. Some common song structure patterns are the verse-chorus-verse pattern, which we'll explore below. The chorus is probably the easiest song structure to identify and begin using in songwriting projects. A chorus is characterized by a steady, melodic beat that repeats throughout the song. It's the main call to action within the lyrics and music. Knowing how to write a song that uses a chorus is similar to knowing how to write a song that uses a hook. A hook or signature phrase is the words that make the songwriting session flow. A hook is a phrase or idea that repeats throughout the song, bringing together the lyrics, melody, and bass line. Hooks can be used at the start of the verse, the end of the chorus, or anywhere in between. Learning how to write a hook requires listening to many songs that use hooks and identifying what works and what doesn't. A bassline, on the other hand, is characterized by the rhythm found in a song. Sometimes it's the lead guitarist who plays the bass line, but sometimes it's the drums, string instruments, or keyboards that play the bass line. The bassline's rhythm can vary widely - it can be hard to hear the bass line when a song isn't busy with other melody lines or hooks. However, if a bassline keeps repeating, it has a punch that listeners want to listen to. This is a perfect songwriting tip for beginners to create their own basslines. Finally, the last common song structure tip concerns the narrative arc found in most songs. A narrative arc describes a movement from one point to another in a song. This type of song structure tip is similar to how to write a song that uses a chorus. It requires listening to a lot of songs and identifying which stories or lyrics move you the most. Attached is a screenshot of my latest upcoming song, "Girl But Like a Boy", in stores on March 6.