How to get noticed as a Singer-Songwriter

How To Get Noticed As A Singer-Songwriter

Point Blank Music School gives advice on how to get noticed by the music industry as an aspiring singer-songwriter.

Becoming a famous singer or musician can seem like an impossible task, but with enough conviction and persistence, it can definitely be done! You will need talent, perseverance, positivity, and sometimes, lots and lots of luck. The trick to becoming a star is making sure you are heard by the right people at the right time, because those people, such as record label executives, can help get your songs out there, but in order for that to happen, you need to get them to hear your song first. There are hundreds of thousands of ambitious artists and musicians out there, and while not everyone will make it big, you there a few things you can do to help make sure that isn’t you.

How to get noticed as a Singer-Songwriter Tip #1: Write and record quality music

This one may sound obvious, but if your songs aren’t catchy, provocative, unique, and meticulously recorded, then you are going to need to devote a lot of time working on them to ensure that they have all of these qualities, you can even take music production courses if you think that they would be helpful. The days of getting suddenly signed by a record label on the foundation of extremely low-budget demo recordings are over my friend. So you essentially need bite the bullet and spend some dough.

How to get noticed as a Singer-Songwriter Tip #2: Manage your finances effectively

You should have now realised that record labels no longer have massive piles of cash to invest in “artist development.” This implies you totally should deal with your music profession like you are maintaining a business, watch your income deliberately and keep all of your finances above water. Musicians who are unable to be responsible in money related issues will essentially be disregarded by the music labels. You have to fight the temptation to live like a rock star until you have the bank balance to back that lifestyle up.

How to get noticed as a Singer-Songwriter, open mic StockSnap Tony Diaz

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How to get noticed as a Singer-Songwriter Tip #3: Play lots of gigs

Finding gigs or shows to play at will get your tunes out there and help you generate fan base, by making a name for yourself. Gigs can come in all shapes and sizes, and when you’re first starting out in the business, any small amount of exposure you get is a bonus. You can play at gigs and events such as:

  • Charity events
  • Local sports games
  • Bars, clubs, lounges, and coffee shops
  • Weddings and parties
  • Concerts, exhibitions, and battle of the bands nights

How to get noticed as a Singer-Songwriter Tip #4: Create amazing promotional photos

On numerous occasions, the main thing that head-hunters, venue managers, or even A&R reps will see when they go through your material for the first time are your photographs. Make an awesome first impression, and chances are that the talent scout (or whoever) might actually click on your link, jot down your number, or even kick back to one of your tunes. Right or wrong, we as a society tend to “judge a book by its cover” every now and again, so it’s not unexpected that individuals will only take a split second to make up their mind about you exclusively in light of the quality and impact of your promotional photos. No one cares if you burned through a million pounds on your EP—if no one’s tuning into it because your photos stink, I’m afraid that means that you do as well.

How to get noticed as a Singer-Songwriter Tip #5: Develop your social media presence

This has become increasingly important in the modern digital modern world for music. More and more often, its websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and other social media sites that are the reason people become famous instead of a record label. If you want create a bigger fan base, you must use the Internet to distribute your own music. You need to make sure that you have accounts with all the popular social media sites for your music. This includes:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Myspace
  • Bandcamp
  • Buzznet

Take videos and recordings of all your performances, and share them on your social media pages. Be sure to include links where people can also purchase the demos and tracks you’ve recorded professionally.


Point Blank Music School is an electronic music school based in London, LA, Ibiza, Mumbai and online.

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