[MUSIC 101]Read the List of Things Artists Need to Stop Doing

Some of you are doing this unknowingly, but why

Artists got away with too much crap in 2014, 2015 and even more in 2016. You complain and you don’t even realize that 99.999% of the time, you’re holding yourselves back with your actions. After reading this, many of you won’t like me and I truly sympathize with your feelings.

I’m going to give you a list of things that we as PR ,DJS and Marketers talk about:

 

 

stop

 

  1. STOP TWEETING YOUR MUSIC LINKS!! Quit being lazy and introduce your music! How hard is that? That’s like you’re at an open mic and the host doesn’t say your name! When will you all realize that spamming our Twitter mentions is INEFFECTIVE?!
  2. Please wait until the follow button or friend button gets cold. A second hasn’t gone by and here comes a tweet saying “check out my music, if you like it, share it, comment on it, etc. REALLY??
  3. Stop adding people to your group chats, DMs or inbox messages when you’ve never bonded with them. We don’t know you, then you go and add us to a group of people that don’t even know each other.
  4. Build your fan base, FOLLOW people before you do the so-called, “I’m not spamming you, I’m promoting” tactic!
  5. STOP replying to someone’s tweet with your music! It’s downright disrespectful!
  6. Please become familiar with your followers, retweet some of their posts. Think about it, when you ask for a RT, they will remember that you shared their information.
  7. Please don’t buy fake Twitter followers, Facebook likes and YouTube views! There are companies that offer Real Results!  If you haven’t noticed, these sites are cracking down on fraudulent activity and many of the fake stats eventually get deleted. Just recently, Twitter did a scrub of their systems to cut down on the spamming on accounts and DMs. Please take the time and build a real fan base.
  8. Stop spending money on major artists for a feature that won’t even help you promote the track! The whole purpose of buying a feature is to gain more attention, right? How are you gonna get that, if you’re not being supported by the person you spent money with?
  9. Also, stop spending money to have a big name DJ host your mixtape when he’s not gonna promote it. Getting your mixtape placed on LiveMixtapes isn’t a big deal if the DJ and his team won’t help promote it!
  10. When submitting music, please stop sending a promo pic that was obviously taken with your phone. Spending a little money on professional photos won’t hurt you.
  11. PLEASE take your Twitter page off private! Who still does that anyway? If you have an old stalker girlfriend or you want to keep your baby mama off your twitter account, THIS IS NOT THE CAREER FOR YOU! How are the fans, DJs, Tastemakers, etc gonna get to know you, if you keep your account locked up? Remember, BUILD YOUR FAN BASE!
  12. If you don’t know how to properly send out a professional email to the blogs and DJs  then please hire a PR,or someone who knows what they’re doing…I repeat, KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING.
  13. Stop investing in huge promo email blasts. In most cases, they’re ineffective especially if it’s not coming from a reliable source. Nobody believes these companies have 200,000 email contacts and you shouldn’t either. Look for realistic numbers when seeking an email blast service.
  14. Stop name dropping in hopes that you’ll have better luck getting played or posted.It’s unattractive and ineffective. What if that person knows the [person]name you have dropped and has discovered that they really don’t know you? AWKWARD!
  15. Please, please, PLEASE stop worrying about what’s going on with the next artist in your city and start focusing on how to get yourself on a national level. It’s way to easy to be known in your backyard. Nobody cares about that. Stop wasting time trying to outshine the other artists in your city and worry about how you’re going to compete with Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Wayne. That’s your real competition. Hire the right people to help you get to the next level, stay consistent, and work every day to be better than you were the day before.
  16. Be original! Just because Chief Keef made a name for himself with the “Bang Bang lyricism doesn’t mean you should go in the studio and make a song like that too! You will be known as the other copycat in the game of hip-hop.
  17. Stop sending tweets to professionals saying “F*ck wit my sh*t cause it’s hawt”! WHAT?!!!! Learn to be professional, this is your business.
  18. Stick to your craft! If you are an Artist, Lyricist, Rapper, Singer,  say that! No one really cares that your profile says; I’m a Rapper, Promoter, Producer, Web Designer and a Cool N*gga”! To tell you the truth, it exemplifies; “I’m confused about who I am because I failed at some point”.
  19. STOP going in the studio to make a track made by a known artist like Kanye West, posting on all social media sites featuring that artist and then making a dayum promo YouTube video! You are setting yourself up for a HUGE lawsuit; if you didn’t gain permission from that artist.
  20. STOP getting your homies to promote your music, they are spamming the hell out of everyone’s timeline and it’s very unprofessional. Hire a professional that will creatively approach potential fans effectively.
  21. STOP posting music on Datpiff without protection! Need I say more on this subject?
  22. PLEASE place a location on your profile! There is no such city as “In the Clouds”! What if a record executive was interested in you, needed to know what city you live in, do you think he would keep looking after seeing that?
  23. Also, stop spending money to have a big name DJ host your mixtape when he’s not gonna promote it. Getting your mixtape placed on LiveMixtapes isn’t a big deal if the DJ and his team won’t help promote it!
  24. Stop making mixtapes! You’re not famous! Making a mixtape is a waste of time unless you have a huge library of hits waiting to be released. Saturate the market by placing your work on iTunes, Google Play, and other digital outlets. It looks better and someone might buy your EP. Promoting and spamming us saying download my mixtape is a waste of time and money.
  25. Stop thinking that WE owe you something because you’re an artist! Invest in your career, instead of, buying designer clothes.
  26. STOP saying let’s work when you know that you don’t have a budget. If you are honest, you’re more likely to receive some kind of assistance. Everyone out there are not scammers.

Well, now you know what we talk about out of frustration. We want to help you further your career, but if you set up roadblocks, we can’t help you with your dream. Remember this when you think about promoting your next project.

If you don’t see your gripe here, please comment and we will add it to our lists.

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