I always thought that the goal as a music artist was to get signed to a major label. After the music industry started to change a bit I realized that the major label thing may not be the path for me. I chose to go an alternate route as an artist. I have made the choice to handle my own music career.
Because I have chosen to be independent, I have to do more work. All of the work that a label would do for me is now my responsibility. I have to market myself, book my own shows, distribute my music, figure out ways to get my music played and a host of other things.
After doing tons of research, I found that there are a lot of resources to help me do this thing myself. I even found an awesome book, The Indie Band Survival Guide that I am currently reading. I plan to share my thoughts and lessons learned as I make my way through the book.
I realize that I may have made some mistakes on the way, since I’ve started my journey, but it’s okay. I will just dust myself off and continue to move forward.
Are you an independent artist? What you made you decide to go that route?
As I am working on my music ministry, I have to continue to be motivated. So I seek out independent gospel artists and find out any information that I can.
Today I am inspired by Kenny DeShields. I first heard of Kenny on Gospel Pundit in the Pundit Player with the song “I Thank Ya Lord”. I honestly wasn’t feeling the song that much at first, but my husband would play it all of the time. I really started to think about the words and that song grew on me. Now I can’t stop singing it.
So today I happened to be doing a little searching on the net and I came across an interview that Kenny DeShields did on Finding The B-Side. He said something in the interview that confirmed what the Spirit of God told me to do a few weeks ago. The Spirit gave me the idea of setting up my living room like a concert area. It would have a stage, a few chairs, my keyboard (even though I haven’t played it in years), a microphone, etc. Sounds weird???maybe, but I found it funny that DeShields did something very similar.
Anyway, here are a few things that I learned from Kenny DeShield’s interview.
- Have a concert at home by yourself – K. DeShields had “Tonight At Kenny’s” every once and a while with a full set list. He did this about two years before he stepped out and shared it with others.
- Having a support system is important – you need to have others around you who can pray for you and encourage you.
- Educate yourself about the music industry – Start reading books about the music business and entertainment law.