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The 5 Most Dangerous Mistakes That Most Recording Artists Make
By Carlton Wilson
Mistake #1: is Trying Too Hard.
Carlton "Inertia" Wilson
Have you ever been watching an emcee perform and they were rapping so FORCEFULLY that they almost seemed DESPERATE? Were their arms were flailing all over the place? Was their face completely scrunched up with EVERY word they said? Many emcees make the mistake of trying TOO HARD to impress their audience. The paradox is that, by trying so hard to get approval one usually GETS NONE! So what does one do then?
It's actually very simple; RELAX! Have FUN with your music. Your fans already have enough people trying to sell them things all day long. Don't become just another salesman trying to convince them of how
tight you are. Simply KNOW how tight you are and show it! Does that make sense? Trust me, people will respect you when you respect yourself and you're not worried one bit about what they think! And most of all, don't THINK about ANYTHING while you're performing! Let me ask you a question; Say you are watching your favorite funny TV show and something happens that makes you bust up laughing,
are at the moment you're laughing are you thinking about anything or are you just enjoying yourself? RIGHT, Now you're getting it! You want to be in that state of ENJOYING YOURSELF when you record your songs or perform. So How do you do that? Just get up on stage or on the mic and GET LOOSE! FEEL the crowd and FEEL the music. Let your facial expressions and movements take care of themselves.
This can ALL be summed up in two words and those two words are: DO YOU! The key is in doing what makes YOU feel good. Which leads right into the next common mistake.
Mistake #2: Trying To Please Everyone
A wise man once told me this: "No matter WHAT you do some people will hate it, some people like it, and some people won't care either way." And you know what, It's the truth! Bill Cosby, one of the most successful entertainers in his field, was once quoted saying: "I don't know the one sure path to success, but the one sure path to failure is trying to make everyone happy" Think about that for a second. If you are planning on making an album that EVERYBODY is going to like, then you are setting yourself up for heartache. Here's how you get ahead, The next time you're writing a song, ask yourself these questions: Who's going to listen this song? How old are the people who will vibe with this song? Who can relate to this song? When you really answer these questions, you'll know who your song will connect with. And those people who your songs connect with are called your Niche Market.
If you want to be huge, then you need to find your Niche Market and EXPLODE IT. Write songs to your niche! That's how you build a huge fan base, not by trying to make songs for EVERYBODY but by making songs for your NICHE MARKET! Once you know who your niche market is, the next thing you need to do is find a producer that you "match" with to help you blow up your Niche Market.
Mistake #3: Working With A Producer You DON'T Match With.
Matching is all about Musical Chemistry. Many Producers have different views about what Musical Chemistry is. It seems to me that it all comes down to Intention. The Producer that matches with you will be the one who has the same intentions as you. For instance, Do you want to be a local act only? Find a producer around town who has the same goal. Do you want to go major? Find a producer who has the same goal. Do you want to make heartfelt music? Find a producer who wants to do the same. Do you want to make club hits? Find a producer who wants to do the same. When you and your producer are on the same accord, that's when the magic happens. Your vocals and his beats will fit together like glue. Your songs will just feel right.
Now if you're a gospel rapper, and you're working with a producer who just wants to make hits for the club, your product is going to come out sounding unnatural. It will just sound forced. Are you getting this?
Work with a producer that you match with and your career will run 10x smoother.
Mistake #4: Being Too Flat And Predictable
Everybody and their mama wants to rap nowadays. What is it that is going to set you apart from the pack? An idea to try out is: BEING UNPREDICTABLE. You never know what to expect from the GREAT ARTISTS. They keep you anticipating their next line, you never know what they are going to say next! So how do YOU do this? Switch your style up. Rap fast sometimes, then show them how you can slow it up. Don't be afraid to offend anyone, say how you REALLY FEEL. Let your records be a testimony to your REAL LIFE. Don't spit about it, unless you live it. Too many rappers just get on tracks and "stick to the script". They say the same things that they just heard on 106 and Park and then copy and paste those lyrics to their tracks. They rap in a dull boring voice, that incites no emotion whatsoever in the listener. Play with your voice inflections. Know the emotion that you want your listeners to feel when they listen to the track you're lacing. Fill yourself full of that emotion and SPIT IT OUT! You want to give your niche what they need on a consistent basis.
Mistake #5: Not Staying Consistent
Lets say you put up one tight song on myspace, People will say, that's a tight SONG. Lets say you put up one tight song on myspace EVERY WEEK, People will say, YOU are tight. That's the difference between a one hit wonder and an accepted recording artist. You gotta keep the hits coming. The more hits you drop, the more your next hit will be anticipated. Labels recognize this too. They will be more comfortable in signing an artist that drops a hit record every week, than a guy who just has a song that people like RIGHT NOW. If you stay dropping new material, and constantly reinvent yourself, there is no limit to how high you can climb in this game.
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