17 Ways To Kill A Music Career


Digital Music News recently put together a list on how to kill a music career.

Check out the first 6 “ways” below, and make sure to visit Digital Music News for the remainder of the list.

(1) Having a shitty, entitled attitude.
If you’re showing up late for gigs, not rehearsing, not supporting your scene, being a dick to your bandmates, and not working slavishly to cultivate your audience online and off, you’re doing a great job of killing your potential career. Now more than ever, the future doesn’t belong to bands that have crappy work ethics.

(2) Being addicted to any substance.
Everyone makes their own choices about drugs, including alcohol. But when those choices downwardly spiral into full-blown addiction, it can quickly threaten the survival of a band. Irritability, missed appointments, detachment, and unexplained absences are the better outcomes; problems with the law, missed shows, stealing from bandmates, violence and death are where things inevitably end if left unchecked.

(3) Relying on a label, manager or anyone besides yourself to build your career.
Even with a label deal, bands can find themselves de-prioritized, or flat-out ignored. But these days labels rarely sign bands that aren’t successfully working and developing their audiences to begin with. Which means that DIY isn’t some alternative approach, it’s essential for the survival, breakthrough, and growth of any artist.

(4) Choosing a name that another band is using.
The costs of picking a name that is already being used include fan confusion, extreme difficulty growing your brand, and lawsuits. So before you pick a name, Google it, check ReverbNation, even check on MySpace. After that, do a trademark search.


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(5) Not having a serious web presence.
It’s impossible to be everywhere, but you need to try. That not only means hitting all the usual (and massive) suspects like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but infiltrating sites that attract your target demographic. It also means interacting with the non-stop flow of fans, as much as you possibly can.

Because if you’re not there, eventually they won’t be, either.

(6) Not selling merchandise.
If you’re not setting up a stand at all shows possible with a full range of merchandise, you’re missing out on income that could fill your gas tank and pay for meals (i.e., stuff you need to survive). And if you’re not working the crowd (on-stage and off) and putting the stand in a prominent, well-lit place with credit card processing capabilities, you’re missing out on even more money.

Read the last 11 “Ways” – Via Digital Music News