Collaboration – Working With Other Musicians
The benefits of working with other musicians
Collaboration – Working with other musicians: Collaborating with other musicians can be beneficial for singers on a number of levels.
It can open up new ideas, give you an insight into how others write music, or even get your name spread throughout other musicians’ fan bases. Below are some further reasons why collaborating and working with other musicians is good for singers.
Collaboration builds teamwork
Collaboration can help singers to work well in a team. As an act gets more successful in their career they’re going to need to build a team around them, so it’s wise to know how to work with other people.
The benefit of collaborating and working as a team is that you can bounce ideas off of each other. Some artists have collaborated to get more exposure to a wider audience and to rejuvenate a flagging career.
Whatever the reason you choose to collaborate with other musicians, you should enjoy working together as that will be what produces your best.
Top tip for developing artists
Often singers that are just starting to write songs often will need help, perhaps they will only have the lyrics but not the melody. Finding a guitarist or pianist to give music to your lyrics will be a real help to get you started.
If you’re having trouble finding a like minded guitarist or pianist local to you then advertise on free sites such as Gumtree or other music related websites.
Another good idea is to use postcards at local music suppliers. Ideally if you get a few apply see how you work together for an evening and if goes well continue to build your relationship.
Always try and think about who you could work with more broadly i.e. to add to your stage act and if someone is reliable and punctual.
Have similar goals
The most effective way of collaborating with other musicians is to make sure you have the same or similar goals. Avoiding different goals can help you both to work well together; otherwise you’ll end up working towards different objectives and not succeeding.
Having a mutual understanding of where you want to end up in the industry makes it easier to work together. You’ll be able to use these goals as your drive to become a better musician all round.
With the internet making it easier to instantly talk to other people no matter where they are in the world; there is no reason that collaborating can’t be achieved on a global scale.
Using websites such as Skype, Facebook Messenger and E-mail, you can instantly communicate with other musicians.
Collaborating with musicians across the world can help you to find opportunities in other countries that you may not have where you are.
You never know the person you’re collaborating with in another country could become successful and want you to record that song with them.
Whatever way you choose to work what is essential is to start writing your own material and the sooner the better!