LAURA MICHELLE’S TOP TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED IN THE MUSIC BIZ
Want to be the next Demi Lovato or Taylor Swift? It’ll take pipes, dedication and a whole lot of street-savvy. Lucky for us, singer Laura Michelle, who has garnered nearly 13 million views with her single Chuck Norris, is here to help. Below, the singer/songwriter gives her 10 best tips for how to break into the music biz and prime yourself for pop super stardom, even if you don’t live in Hollywood or happen to nab an audition on The Voice:
Sing all the time. Sing along to whoever and every genre. It helps you figure out who you are as an artist, your style, etc. It also helps train and exercise your vocal cords.
There are a lot of producers out there that have songs they need someone to sing so they can pitch them [to labels or other pop stars]. You’re doing them a favor [by offering to sing] and you’re getting experience in the recording studio, which is a whole other animal than singing live. Sometimes they may pay a small amount.
Use your computer and make cover videos and put yourself out there. Jessie J is an example of a successful person that did that. People recognized her talent from the videos she recorded in her room and bathroom using her computer.
Write music. Even if you don’t play an instrument, get a journal and write things down, just thoughts and what you’re feeling. You can refer back to everything you jotted down and write from there. You can go to a local college or school and you can easily find someone who plays an instrument or is looking for a co-writer. They are looking for someone to work with that won’t cost them anything. It’s a universally beneficial relationship.
Go to open mics. You’ll meet people there that you can possibly do something with. Maybe it’s writing music, maybe it’s creating a band that will then allow to go out and play live and start getting your music heard.
Do your research on a person before working with them. Also, follow your instincts. Usually your gut will tell you right away if it’s the “real deal” or just a bunch of BS, so be listening.
Use social media to your benefit and don’t be afraid to make connections, but also stay safe in doing so.
Don’t be afraid to pound the pavement. Have that confidence. However, be careful of people and their promises. So many will promise you things and not deliver and take advantage, so make sure to do research on them first.
Learning to play an instrument is extremely helpful and watching YouTube tutorials can help you learn. And just practice, practice, practice.
You have to LOVE music because this is a tough business. If you can continue and keep that love of music, it’ll keep you going when you want to give up. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you have heard and would like to work with. Have no fear! Access your inner Chuck Norris!!