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ADVICE FOR UNSIGNED SINGERS

Tips that could help you get signed as an unsigned singer in 2014. 

ADVICE FOR UNSIGNED SINGERS

Advice for unsigned singers: It’s important to remember all artists were unsigned at one point, so don’t give up, keep working hard and apply some of these tips to your work! The key word is hard work, the harder you work the more opportunities you will create as long as you work smart.

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Be yourself

As singers of course you have influences and other artists who inspire you to carry on and pursue a career in music, but don’t copy them. The idea of record labels is to find the new best thing, not a new copy of someone people already know.

Stand out

Being different will help you stand out, make people take notice before you even start to sing and perform, make them want to be interested.

Create a fanbase

Fans are going to be the people that help you get success, so make sure you have a lot of them. Without fans there’s no one to create a buzz about you as an artist! The best way for you to build up a fanbase is to make sure you engage with them, respond to their comments, say thank you for their positive comments and post regularly. Gigs and social media are your tools to build your fan base.

TIPS FOR BECOMING SUCCESSFUL AS AN UNSIGNED SINGER

Love social media

It’s not going anywhere; it’s one of the only tools that will help you stay relevant, so learn to love it. It’s an easy way of getting the word out with very little effort. Instead of spending ages compiling a list of people to e-mail you can show off your new video to all of your social media pages with a couple of clicks of a button. With the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube becoming increasingly important to the music industry, as an artist you’d be foolish not to use them to your advantage. It's important that you keep a synergy between your image on stage and across your social media so your brand is consistent and professional. Click here for Facebook advice for singers - synchronising your social media artwork and URLs.

Gig regularly

Make sure you’re a known name at your local venues; you never know who’s going to turn up to one of those open mic nights. Gigging regularly also gives you a sense of who you’re trying to target your music at and which songs work with the audience. Again work hard to promote any gig that you organise or a promoter gives you. Promote before, during and after. Be creative with the promoting and make each gig unique.

Take merchandise everywhere

Make sure you have merchandise with you everywhere you play, that way you’re always ready to attract new fans who may not have seen you play before. It’s also vital for you to give out your demo CD for FREE. Everyone loves a freebie and you never know the guy who got dragged along to see you play might end up listening to it on repeat.

ADVICE FOR UNSIGNED SINGERS

Take a look at some other similar articles; 

How to get music gigs

Open Mic nights for singers

Singers - the best way to promote yourself

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