There are countless of articles on the internet about this topic and we all know how important networking is. No matter how knowledgable we are on the facts, things such as making personal introductions, initiating conversations, referrals etc.. are of extreme importance.
Every once in a while you see a talented artist with a big potential and you think of his music “wow this is really good for a bedroom producer”. Somehow, many of them never leave the commodity of their own room, or maybe manage to present their work to a very limited local market.
Social media as a promotion tool
Approximately two decades ago situation was different – providing good songs was enough. However, the music scene has changed. Visibility is very important and social networks are among the most precious tools. Facebook is quite interesting medium and you can find out a lot about people by just reading the feed, also there is a possibility to see how some artist promotes his work.
The more you think about it, the more it is fascinating to see DJs trying to promote themselves just by posting their stuff over and over through the same social networks.
Today’s technology enabled Dj mixes to be recorded by using software, and with zero technical knowledge about mixing the songs together. There are more and more dj sets uploaded on the internet with the description indication: “I am not a dj, but here is my dj mix, so enjoy”.
So, what are you as a DJ actually doing by posting your mixes on Facebook?
It is different if you are already established producer with a solid base of followers – in this case your content will actually reach the people interested in what you do. However, starting as a bedroom producer with a vision to make your way throughout the scene, you better be creative in all aspects of your work and especially the promotion side of it. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are countless posts on the net regarding the topic, but it is never enough to explore the ways you can promote your work.
What I have found especially important is to always be prepared to promote your music – you will get the most unbelievable information in the weirdest situations. This is something most of the people don’t do, but on the other hand offers huge potential. Having your stuff handy and ready provides you the power to present your work in the right time and to the right people.
Production of you own tracks
Back in the days, works from a producer and a DJ were more divided, but around the year 2000 things started to change rapidly. Just by owning an average computer you could make your own music. Having your own production is a huge potential and gives you a chance to actually leave something behind. If you are smart enough to collaborate with other artists, this is one of the best ways to network with like-minded people. Successful releases will bring you to the point where other artist will play your music and this is probably the best appreciation of your talent you can get.
Making events as a promoter
We have all been there, and this is what I would say the second best thing next to having you own releases. Networking possibilities while being a dj and a promotor are on the top of the list. There is no better example than Sven Vaeth who happens to be one of the most popular Djs on the planet. During his over 30 years long career, Sven was next to DJ-ing, the owner of some of the most popular clubs in Germany. Frankfurt’s Clubs Omen and Cocoon together with labels and agencies gathered around those projects exposed Sven to the world and enabled the cult status. The role of a promotor opens doors to the every aspects of the music scene, from the artist to the club owners, labels, agencies and much more..
In general, promotion and visibility is becoming more an more important, but the tools you have are more accessible than before. Artist as a one man band can handle almost everything what is enough to kick start the career, from the bedroom to the stage. It is a constant work and your job is to experiment, learn and in the end enjoy in the music you make. If this seems to much, you can just continue playing gigs in your city and post mixes on Facebook.