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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How Do I Keep Momentum Going For My Solo Career?

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Make sure everyone who covers music in print and online in Nashville has a link to your Bandcamp album and website and that you are giving them a heads up a few weeks before any show you have at a decent venue. Cover the bases and at least that way you can feel assured that you are not hard to find, and find a way to be contributing to a scene and putting in good work rather than being entirely focused on making it happen for your career. Because that myopia is lonely and can make for a bad me-me-me vibe. Honor your small achievements. You are in an unsteady place of angst and yearning -- start working on writing songs for your next record now, perhaps.

Touring should be less of a priority than really getting established within a network of your peers in the city you live. Save the tour for your next album. You could seek out A&R people, sure, if that's what kind of a path you are interested in. You could also seek out smaller local labels who might be more accessible to you. Perhaps trying to find management should be your focus if you feel like you have exhausted your ideas and resources. What you want your next level to be is up to you -- what kind of a career model is appealing to you? You are obviously really DIY capable -- do you have the energy, time or interest in being your own label? Do you want to hand your ambition over to someone, or do you want to reign it yourself, is maybe the bigger question at hand.

Lastly, I recommend a little study. Hit the library for some memoirs of people who have had long careers, music or otherwise -- Steve Martin's Born Standing Up is particularly salient vis a vis honing a craft slowly for decades. Rarely are creative careers a matter of constant ascension and activity. There are ups and downs, obviously, but also, fallow periods and times when it's a total slog, where you regroup and find new inspiration and question everything you are doing. Be in your now with all that unsure feeling, the inertia and frustration and stop whipping yourself with the future and what-ifs. All this stuff is just as essential to the creative life as the achievement and accolades, so pay attention to it rather than trying to climb away from it. Professionally and creatively, all of this will help you figure out who you are as an artist.

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