From the article: Money and Your Music Career 101
Musicians need to make money from music. Period. Nothing wrong or dirty or uncool about that. But there seems to be two approaches to becoming profitable as a musician - you can either make the music you love and hope that other will love it too, or you really think hard about the kind of music that sells a lot and you set out to make THAT kind of music - even if it not really the music in your heart. How do you approach your music? Which approach works best? Share your thoughts here. Share Your Thoughts
Two Heads of a Coin
- I encourage my artists to write what they love. Then we look at the market and see if there is a following for that genre. Finally, I help them develop the music to appeal to those followers. If it isn't the current trend, I try to guide them to create the music in a way which will allow them the opp to become the next big thing.
- —Guest lyricdragonfly
- Ultimately, your music will never be heard of you don't have one or two "radio songs" per album. The rest of the album should be all about what satisfies you.
- —Guest Bobbjoedale
It's a job, not a Hobby
- Because I'm good at it. "Having passion for something doesn't make you good at it" -Steve Harvey- I meet many "Artist" that love music outwardly much more than I. Heck, many have an extensive musical library and dictionary ..(Bla,Bla) But they can't tell you how or why. Why is one song a "Hit" and others not? By "Hit" I mean the songs that stand the test of time. -"I will Survive" the death of Disco. A "Hit" song can be covered by artist of different genres and still chart. (All along the Watchtower) Many famous artist are bigger/better than the music they/we abandon. Pop/Rock artist that you have to emulate their look to appreciate their musical "style" Hence the video or visual artist. They all love Fame and Money, until they have to compete for the public "Ear" Then you best bring in a (Paid) songwriter. You can't teach talent -Luner Rose-
- —Guest Guest
why not do both
- There are diff ways to look at it, ultra indie - hyper Pop - but if you have the ability do Pop to fund your more meaningful stuff Ala (movie director) Chris Nolan go with it....
- —Guest b Koo
I have a commercial music taste!
- Hello Heather, thanks for that interesting article. My approach to music is to create what I would like to listen to. I started making music with the idea of making "MY PERFECT MUSIC". Over the years I found out that my taste for music is always quite connected to the music that is commercially successful. At my time at SAE Institute I met a lot of people that disliked any music that is charts-related and commercially successful. So I guess I am in a quite good situation: Having a commercial music taste and creating the sound I would love to hear from my heart. Chances are good to be successful I guess!!
Make music for love or money
- You have to make it for the love in a format that others can feel and relate. Music is still one of the best messengers out here.
- —Guest Marlon
Making Money with Music
- Writing and Recording music requires two things - Time and Money. Since music is something I love to do and it is fun, why not keep up with current trends and write to make some money also.
- —Guest Hookjaw Brown
Profit is making a mark more than money.
- Sometimes I will refrain from listening to music for 1-2 weeks when I'm really focusing on writing. Everytime I do this, I create something unique that doesen't mirror my influences. My own style can really shine then.
- —Guest Brian Krul