My friend Ken Mueller published a post last week, 5 Ways to Bring New Life to Your Blog. Its great and you should read it. In light of that post, I thought i’d do something similar and suggest 3 Ways to Bring New Life to Your Music – some tips for you music and your music image.
1. TRY SOMETHING NEW
Just try a completely brand new resource that you’e never tried before. They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing but expecting new results. And that brings to mind a quote I heard from The Civil Wars at a music conference I attended last month:
“We’ll do this as long as we can. But as soon as it gets stale, we’ll change it up.”
– John Paul of The Civil Wars
With that said, don’t be afraid to try something new when what you’re doing isn’t working. Look for gigs in different ways. Bring a band-mate on board, record a song that sounds different than the norm, write differently, use new and different online resources that you haven’t used before, talk to your fans with a different “voice” or approach. Just change it up.
2. DON’T BE SELFISH
Let others offer their opinions, their guitar riffs, and their unique sound. I got into a conversation with Eric Downs of Yours Truly about how it can sometimes be hard for a pianist (for example) to back out of his/her own song and allow other instruments to take the lead…especially when the songs are written on the piano. Singer songwriters especially have a tendency to do this. We write and often play alone, so when it comes to playing or recording with a band, we don’t know how to “sit out”. Give it a try. Sit out.
3. DON’T FORGET THE OBVIOUS THINGS
Yea…we’ve written enough blogs about this point. Remember, more people will know you through your website(s) than in any other way. And your music will reach more people through the internet than in any other way. So you must keep your web presence fresh.
- fresh press photos
- the occasional website revamp
- regularly updated content
IF YOU’RE BORED, EVERYONE ELSE IS PROBABLY BORED TOO.