Indie Artist Insider 009 – Professional Etiquette

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Professional Etiquette

Welcome to a brand new feature here at SongCast, the Indie Artist Insider.  Every Monday, we will post a new video containing tips, tricks, and sound advice on how to succeed in the music business.  We will start off targeting those who are new to the music scene and progress into topics for the most seasoned and veteran musicians. 

Welcome to a brand new feature here at SongCast, the Indie Artist Insider.  Every Monday, we will post a new video containing tips, tricks, and sound advice on how to succeed in the music business.  We will start off targeting those who are new to the music scene and progress into topics for the most seasoned and veteran musicians.

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Indie Artist Insider, in this episode we will talk about professional etiquette.  When you write, record, and release music, perform concerts, promote yourself and your music, you become a public figure.  Your public persona will have as much influence, if not more, than your music, on whether fans will take time to listen to your music and message and will become a fan and follow your musical endeavors.  

If your band is loud, angry, anti-political, or otherwise hardcore, having a coarse, vulgar, or violent image is understood.  However, most of the time, getting loud and political in your music or on social media, is many times a guarantee that people will tune you out.  Political nonsense and partisan hate is everywhere, don’t let it slither it’s way into your public personality.  Why alienate half of your fans?

Besides avoiding offensive or hateful comments on social media, professional etiquette also involves doing the right thing in all situations.  Showing up on time, being easy to get along with, saying “thank you” often, helping out and complimenting others, returning favors, and always giving a good first impression.  Since you have made yourself a public figure, things in your personal life can have a profound effect on your career.  Use common sense.  Don’t allow one bad decision to derail years of hard work.  

It only makes sense that, in most cases, appealing to the largest groups and demographics give you the best chance to connect with as many fans as possible.  Alienating large groups of people is never a good idea, unless you, your band, and/or your music is a serious niche band and is only trying to resonate with a small group of select people.  Otherwise, do your best to impress everyone!  I’m Joe Kleon with your Indie Artist Insider.  

If you have any topics you would like to see covered on the Indie Artist Insider, please email host Joe Kleon at promotions@songcastmusic.com

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