I feel like drummers get this concept more than anyone else. Can you imagine putting your drumset up every day?! At that point, I wouldn't be a drummer—too much work.
You need to understand your audience. If you record as a purist, you need to pitch your music to purists - Almost exclusively. Because most of us want to hear pop/rock/blues/hip-hop/indie alt/etc music where everything is tight and in tune
Take a long at your catalog right quick. Do you have anything in there that you are super proud of? Do you have a song that you love the production on as well as the writing? Maybe not! Maybe the reason you feel anxious and unsure of what you're doing in life is because you haven't actually done that much of what you love to do.
If you're Taylor Swift, you can announce on just Instagram that you have a song dropping, and that will do you just fine. Let's take a look at how many followers she has... Yep I'm off by 137 million.
Stage banter: How to win your audience over between songs Do you know what the difference is between stand-up comics and a musician is? They tell jokes, you play music. That's about it... ok, obviously that's not the only thing, but I'm driving...
There are PLENTY of places you can pitch your press. Think outside your circles into international waters, baby! If you don't know what your local press looks like, it's time to figure that out. It's as easy as searching Google or Instagram. They're not trying to hide from you, you just have to look through all the garbage out there.
I would venture to say that everyone has someone they can work well with! Just think about this, if someone can work with Morrissey and make the incredible band The Smiths, objectively Morrissey's best work, then you can stand to work with a few different people and see what you can come up with together!
Even during our current lockdown, we can support other acts. It's as simple as talking! Start today! Pick and local band and follow the crap outta them!
Our audience is our friend! They make or break our show (duh) if we can learn to turn the heckler into a fan, they will usually turn into one of our biggest fans! I have seen it happen more often than not!