#1 RECORD DEMO
Other than your parents and your friends, nobody knows what you sound like. Get some audio recorded. This will not be a full-length CD and it might not even be a full-on professional recording, but it will need to be a sampling of songs (maybe 2 or 3) that you can eventually stick on your website (s).
#2 UPLOAD VIDEOS
Start a YouTube account and take video of yourself playing a song. It doesn’t have to be uber professional but try to avoid the situation where viewers can hear buses and car horns in the background. If you can get someone to record a professional-looking video, do it.
Do it! You need a website. So many artists are using services like Bandcamp, Reverbnation, and Sonicbids in lue of a website. Sure, I guess that’s fine while you work on getting your own domain and hosting…BUT get your own site as soon as possible. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, just a place where you can stick your information – a place that allows you to have your own personality and present content as you choose.
And this is where you’ll post those demos and videos. Don’t start a website and say you’re a musician if there’s no music on your website. This doesn’t make ANY sense but people do it all the time. There better be music on a music site.
#4 SOCIAL MEDIA
Start the Twitter, Facebook Music Page, and the aforementioned YouTube accounts. Make sure they each match. If you’re band name is The Jaggers, your sites should be as follows:
Begin to post regular content on your social media sites. Begin to make your presence known. Begin to generate interest in your music. Also remember that it will take quite some time for your followings to build on each network. Don’t be discouraged. Let it take as long as needed for each platform to grow.
#5 BUSINESS CARDS
#6 OPEN MICS
#7 START BOOKING
Think of the above as a 6-month plan to getting your foot in the door. Once you’ve made the initial steps and put the necessary pieces in place, you can start to kick things up a notch. But follow these steps for now. In fact, if you’re a new musician, I challenge you to start doing the above, and tell us how it went when June comes.
note: feel free to put added steps in the comment section.