I completely understand that bands need to promote themselves to get themselves out there. All that is fine and cool. However, when marketing yourself… you don’t need to be all fancy and special looking, ya know? You don’t need professional band photos. You don’t need to go buying facebook likes or to try to get as many people to join your pages as possible. You don’t need to talk in the third person when marketing yourself. You don’t need a long list of tour listings. You don’t need to be selling merch or try to get people to pay for your live video streaming performances. You don’t need to enter every contest and try to get your fans to vote for you. You don’t need all that to make yourself look good.
As you can see, I never promoted myself that way. Whenever I get a show or written a new song, I’ll just put it out there and see what happens. That’s all you really need to do. I don’t promote myself for self-flattery like so many bands seems to do. I don’t care to be all special when promoting. I know I’m just a local musician and don’t take myself so seriously.
I don’t do music for fame or popularity. I play for myself pretty much, and I also play for those few out there who really do support my music.
I use social networking sites to get honest feedback on my songs. I never force people to pay to listen to them ’cause I always believed that music should be listened to for free. Musicians in social networking sites can be arrogant and selfish animals. When will music be about the fans and not about them? I can tell that musicians can be arrogant and selfish. I try to support other bands as much as I can and don’t seem to get much support in return from some of them. That’s why it’s sometimes good to only support yourself in music and not worry about supporting other bands.
Bands try to make themselves look like famous people these days. I totally blame that on media and reality TV shows (like American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, etc.). Bands & musicians think they’re gonna get national fame by pretending to be famous when they’re not. That’s why they do what they do. They think their marketing ways is gonna get them a record contract to either an indie label or major. In my opinion, this kind of marketing is not gonna make you famous. You get famous if you don’t take yourself seriously and just play the music. The fans don’t realize how egotistical these bands are being but sure enough… they’re gonna eat up everything they do and everything they post.
With that being said, the world of social networking in music is pretty whacked.
I would like a lot more people to like my music and to support it sure but I’m not going to shove my music in everyone’s faces. I like to let the music speak on it’s own. If people like it, great. If they hate it, that’s great too. That’s the way to do things, in my opinion. I don’t care to have a lot of fans. It’ll be awesome to have a large following but I’m not worried about it. I just play ’cause it’s what I do and what I love.
To be honest, I can’t stand those bands who are desperate for fame and popularity. I give the most respect to bands who don’t care about fame & popularity — they just want to play and rock out. If fame and popularity is what you do this for then you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons. Who needs fame? Who needs to get signed and make it in the industry? The music industry is a freakin’ joke, anyways.