A Love For Music
"Making My World Music"
"Making My World Music"
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My Love For Music
My love for music began a long time ago.
I've been obsessed with listening to music for as long as I can remember. No matter where I went, or what I did, I always had headphones in. I just loved the different feelings music could give me.
I loved all types of music. Don't get me wrong, my favorite music has, and probably always will be, Rap Music, but, I also love RnB, Rock, Country, and any other type of music you throw my way.
I think I also listened to music a little differently than most people. I wouldn't just hear a song on the radio, like it, and listen to that song more. I would hear the song, look up the artist, download their whole discography, and listen to everything.
I know the lyrics to so many songs it's really pretty crazy. I just love listening and singing along to a song.
Making Music My World
You'd think this would be simple. I love music so making it the main goal in my life should be easy, it's not. Making music my world has been the most challenging obstacle in my life. There are closed windows at every turn and opening them, can be extremely difficult.
I want to dive in to just a few elements of making music my job and really give you guys a little feel of what I've gone through and, what I am still going through to this day.
I feel like becoming a musical artist was pretty much natural for me. I knew I wanted to do something I loved for the rest of my life. I loved music, why not do that?
Creating music is much harder than listening to music though, as you can probably imagine.
I generally let the beat put me in a certain mood. This creates a feeling for my song. I listen to the beat on repeat until a Hook stands out in my head. Once i have the "feeling" and the Hook drawn out in my head, I start on the lyrics.
This can be either very easy or, very difficult. I never really know why.
Writing On The Go
One thing that stands out to me when I write is, I rarely write in a "normal" setting. I tend to write while on the go, at my little brothers football practice, while watching a movie, at dinner, pretty much anywhere besides a conventional writing situation. If I am at a party, a lot of the time I am standing there not talking, I am actually putting something together in my head. I just can't help it. I love the music more than I like the party.
This may have just became a ritual for me because there is really no other option. Life is to hectic to get a second to sit down and write a song. I am always doing something. Life's obligations can get in the way if you want to sit and write, they can't get in the way, if you write in every situation.
Writing can be anywhere from really easy to really hard. Sometimes I start a verse, five minutes goes by, and I have something great in front of me. Other times, I can't even start the verse.
Again, I have no idea why this happens. It just does. Doesn't matter what setting, sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's hard. When I start to get a little writers block, I just write, anything. I don't care if the rhyme sucks, I can always change it later. Normally this gets me through any type of writers block.
Writing is probably the easiest part of Making Music My World.
Recording is another part of making music my world, that I enjoy. I normally like to record a song, pretty much alone. I am not shy, nor scared to Rap in front of people, I just prefer to be in control of my zone. Normally if I do have someone in studio with me it's my little brother.
Getting the right recording setting can be quite difficult for me. I need to really be feeling it. See unlike writing the song, which I pretty much do in any circumstance, recording, I need to be feeling just right.
I like it to either be early morning or, really late night. I like there to be very few people around. I need to feel perfectly energized. Being tired, will kill any motivation I have to get on the mic. I never drink or do any other type of drug, besides adderal, when I am recording.
I don't like to feel slower than I am while I am trying to work on the music, especially since I am my own engineer.
I like to think of myself as a businessman. I conduct my self as such, giving myself time constraints on what I have to do, and filling agenda books with tasks for each day. Nothing has ever been quite as difficult as marketing.
Overall, I like the challenge. Coming up with marketing ideas, and strategies, can be a fun task. I will admit though, when I get "writers block", when it comes to marketing, it can be the most frustrating thing in the world.
Seeing my music go nowhere was really hard on me. Trying different marketing strategies, and still not getting any recognition was a horrible feeling, I've been there. Sometimes I still feel I am there. I consistently go through periods of time where I feel my fan base is not growing, and every time I come up with ideas to grow it, they don't work.
When I first started focusing on my marketing, I would always make excuses for why an idea I've had wont work. I've learned not to do that. I think most of that was fear. I was afraid of trying to pursue interest from people, because I didn't want them to not be interested. I realized they're already, not interested, so why not just try to get them interested?
I've definitely made some ground. I know exactly who my fans are, don't think I don't know, and I appreciate them. I've really started working towards making them happy, not the people that aren't fans. I figure if I make the people that are interested happy, then eventually, the people that aren't interested, will be.
This has got to be the most exciting part of being in the music industry. This has also got to be the most stressful parts of being in the music industry.
I honestly don't stress performing at all. I have done a few shows now, and every time, people ask me if I am nervous, right before I am about to go on. I am never nervous. I have no stage fright at all. I think it has something to do with my battle with confidence from my last Blog post. I just don't fear being on stage.
I believe I wont mess up and it's just that simple. I will do a great job, I will learn, and I will move on. That's easy to me.
So why is performing the most stressful part of the music industry? Everything else that goes in to it. Selling tickets, getting merchandise made, and selling that merchandise. That's the hard part. Making sure everything gets done just right at the venue. Making sure the people you want there, are there. It's all more stressful than you might think.
I have done a great job of assembling a team around me that always gets the job done but, that hasn't made it any less stressful than it is.
I still love it though. Being on that stage is an amazing feeling and watching the crowd react to your music is awesome. I definitely think it is my favorite part of being in the music industry.
So Now What
So now I keep doing what I do. I keep writing the music I love, marketing it, and performing shows. I will be making music videos soon so I can't wait to AudioBlog about that in a couple months.
Overall I am having a good time working on my craft, and look forward to seeing how far I can push it.
Thanks for reading,