Prior to you make the move
Don’t get me wrong– just because you’re aiming to start a solo project, that does not necessarily indicate you need to leave your band immediately. There are special bonds in every long-lasting band relationship, and you must constantly try to keep them undamaged. You’ve shared a lot of memories, and you’re most likely better with your bandmates in some ways than you are with a few of your best friends.
So do not drop whatever simultaneously unless it actually is time to do so. The imaginative gap can be filled without having to change one with the other. Take some time to check out some ideas on your own and actually think, “Would this sound better with the other members playing, or simply myself?” Maybe some of the concepts you develop will suit one project and not the other. See where it leads and feel it out– there’s no need to rush.
I had to form five bands up until I finally recognized that a solo job is the only way for me to do precisely what I ‘d wanted to do all along. And this isn’t even my first attempt at a solo career! When I initially decided to go solo, I still needed to decide what musical influences I really wished to imitate, and whether I need to be writing tunes in English or german. It didn’t take long prior to my inspiration diminished and I needed to retool for the project, so this is sometimes a sluggish process. That’s why I wanted to show you the following thoughts on how to properly tackle starting a solo task.
The journey ends up being a lot easier if your project is built on a solid structure. Like a house, your solo project can end up being the familiar base to which you can always return, no matter how far away you have actually taken a trip. Take a pen and a paper, and compose it all down– all the stuff you’re thinking of when you ponder your solo music.
1.1 Specify yourself
Step one is to draw out sketches and make a note of what you ‘d like to include into your noise, your impacts, and truly anything that simply interests you. Envision yourself on phase, use colors, words, ideas, images, put all of it in there. I think this resembles the procedure of making a state of mind board. Essentially, you’re developing the foundation of your brand– and a brand name is nothing more than a set of characteristics that, when integrated, easily specify who you are and how individuals can get in touch with you.
What is it that you wish to “say” or “share” with the world by means of this project? What is missing out on in the world of music, that you wish to produce?
1.2 Understand your goals
Often the best method to begin a new task is to think all the way through to the end of what you want to achieve. Whether that task specifies who are you or not, maybe this job needs a clear end in order to function. If not, it’s still constantly handy to develop a set of milestones through which you can test your development.
1.3 Fit the pieces together
Now that you have actually got your “brand” identity, your impacts, your message, and your goals all laid out, it needs to come together in the music. That might seem like a lot of pressure, however it’s actually not so remarkable. Consider it this way: whenever you compose a tune, you now have this extraordinary lens through which to analyze its effectiveness, and you can modify it as much as you desire until it shows that vision and identity you’ve already set out.
Having that wealth of identity work already done also makes it much easier to conceptualize the visual artwork connected with your job, like album art, video looks, and artist pictures.
1.4 Now provide your infant a name
Or call your project something entirely various? Your job’s name carries the state of mind and image representing what you’re trying to do as an artist. Believe long and hard, because altering the name of a job is complex and annoying.
1.5 Don’t hurry this procedure
Identities come together over entire lifetimes, not over night. Provide your task a little bit of time to marinate, and make sure you feel comfortable performing within the guidelines you’ve set for it. You’ll feel more confident and able to clearly articulate your work– and the more sincere it feels to you, the more honestly the music will come through to your fans (brand-new and old).
1.6 Have fun
Don’t begin anything if it’s not fun for you. Don’t require things to take place simply due to the fact that you believe it’s the ideal relocation.
Tips for promoting your solo task
2.1 Social network (certainly!).
Alright, you’re ready to go public with your new solo task now. How are you going to separate this new project from both your old band and your own self? Start by producing artist pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or whatever social platforms you routinely utilize. Through sharing information, content, images, and unique noises, you can quickly utilize this space to separate the brand name identities so there’s no confusion. If you have social pages for your other jobs, those are fantastic places to announce the new task.
2.2 Know the audience you’re targeting.
In my case, I understood early on that fans of my kind of music most likely didn’t live in Germany as much as in the U.K. and North America, so I composed my tunes and my social media posts completely in English. It’s crucial to learn as much about the audience for your music as possible, and meet them where they are.
2.3 Do whatever it takes to make your music as commonly available as possible.
Even if you just have actually one song taped, launch it! Get it out there and utilize it to your benefit. Now, go reveal individuals what your job is everything about, later you can fret about releasing physical albums, touring, merch, and so on. Once your song or EP is on platforms like Bandcamp, YouTube, and Spotify, start dealing with getting it into playlists. Getting your song int.