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Today we offer you a short, yet sweet look into some ways that musicians stop themselves in their tracks…whether they know it or not. This piece comes from LA-based musician/artist manager/A&R executive/podcaster (are you keeping up?) Scott Waldman, who now presents to you 10 ways that musicians act in self-destructive ways:
10. Overbooking yourself in the same market – Work. Smarter. Not. Harder.
9. Releasing sub par recordings – In 2017 there is no excuse for a mediocre recording released to the general public. Demos should be demos. On that note:
8. Releasing sub par songs – Less is more. Wait to make a statement. We only get one chance to make a first impression. You don’t have to release every song you record on your iPhone.
7. Your socials are more about memes than the music – I’ve been guilty of this myself. Live. Learn. Memes supply instant gratification but rarely inspire long lasting conversation topics.
6. Making an announcement that you’re making an announcement – If you’re filling 500 cap rooms or more, do it. If not, just say what you’re going to say.
5. Over promising and under delivering – Be honest. Be humble.
4. Talking shit about one’s art – There is always someone more successful and less successful than you. There is no need to sling mud about another artist’s work unless said work is espousing hatred. That. Is. It. On that note:
3. Being a dick – The word will get out and it will sting.
2. Expecting the world without earning your place in it – It’s a bad look if you’re entitled.
1. Not taking advantage of all the information out there in books, magazines, internet articles, and the like – Information has never been easier to acquire. Read. Learn. The book “Powerhouse: The Untold Story About Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency” changed my life. I. Mean. It.