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Creating buzz: Getting involved in your hometown music scene

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Every great artist or band you’ve ever heard of, from Bob Dylan to The Beatles to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, had to start somewhere. And more often than not, they started where everything begins for everybody – in their hometown. That’s where they developed their talents, honed their sound, and started plotting a path to success that would take them on a journey that would last a lifetime. If you’re a musician yourself, you may well have chosen this route because of a general dissatisfaction with how things are in your hometown. Music is your ticket out of there! Hopefully so, but you can’t bypass the hard work and go straight to superstardom. First, you need to be involved with your local music scene. Conquer that and you’re on your way to where you want to be. Here’s how you go about it.

Every great artist or band you’ve ever heard of, from Bob Dylan to The Beatles to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, had to start somewhere. And more often than not, they started where everything begins for everybody – in their hometown. That’s where they developed their talents, honed their sound, and started plotting a path to success that would take them on a journey that would last a lifetime. If you’re a musician yourself, you may well have chosen this route because of a general dissatisfaction with how things are in your hometown. Music is your ticket out of there! Hopefully so, but you can’t bypass the hard work and go straight to superstardom. First, you need to be involved with your local music scene. Conquer that and you’re on your way to where you want to be. Here’s how you go about it.

Showing it to the World

Regardless of how big or small the music scene is in your hometown, it’s bigger in the rest of the world. And fortunately, the internet gives you access to the rest of the world! Upload music and you might just find that you get an online audience that grows your fancase exponentially. A lot of the big names you hear of today got started all by sharing their music online and capitalising and the subsequent hype. Could that be you? Either way, you’ll be letting a wider audience know all the great things that are happening musically in your town!

Media Friendly Unit Shifters

If you want to make it big, or at least bigger, in the music world, then you need to show some initiative. If you have a collection of bands who you think are doing really exciting things, then make sure the rest of the world knows about it. Contact the local media and that in nearby big cities and invite them down to one of your shows. If you have a unique sound, energetic audience, or anything else that makes you stand out then you’ll be giving them an interesting story – and building hype for your band in the process.

Don’t Get Too Bogged Down In the Local Scene

Your local music scene will be invaluable in your quest to become a musician. That being said, don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. The Beatles had a pretty cracking following in Liverpool during their early days, but did they settle for that? No chance. They looked to the south, to London, and then to America, and then the world. If your local music scene is following one particular sound, there’s nothing to say you have to stay loyal to that sound. Branch out and you’ll be pushing yourself towards bigger things.

Have a Party

It’s easier than you think to hold an event in your community. Most local authorities are happy to let youngsters bring their talents to a local festival, so why not organise one? You’ll be able to bring your music to a wider local audience, and better yet you’ll be able to curate the bill. Have all your friends playing live and your own band as headliners. If nothing else, you’ll see all that has to go on “behind the scenes” to make these sort of events a success. And it’ll also get you used to playing for people who aren’t predisposed to like your music, which is something you’ll face a lot of during your career….

Let the Music Talk!

In the end, all the good intentions and initiative in the world will count for nothing if you don’t put most of your energies into actually making sure that your music is as good as it can be. The steps outlined above will help, but what will really determine how successful you are will be how good your music is. Make sure it’s watertight and many years from now, when you’re a success (!), you’ll have your hometown music scene to thank.

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