Note: This is a guest post from the good folks over at Deviant Noise – a website for rappers, singers and beatmakers.
Do you want to become a professional rapper or singer in 2016? You’re not alone. There’s a lot of competition out there, especially with the explosion of R&B and Rap music over the last couple decades. Everyone wants to be a rapper or singer nowadays. So you’re up against stiff competition. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With some hard work and some determination you can really become a successful music star.
But that’s the key to this whole thing – you have to work hard and be determined. There are a lot of different things that you have to focus on when you’re an independent music artist. Those things range from promotion to the actual music creation. And one of the most overlooked parts of becoming a successful singer or rapper has to do with making your music.
You see, it’s really easy to get caught up in the rest of the music business – promoting your songs through social media, trying to tour and play live shows and even selling your music on iTunes.
But the single most important thing everyone that wants to be a singer or rapper neglects is the most crucial to success – the music itself.
You NEED to make sure the music that you make is the best music of it’s type. It has to compete on a level that most people don’t comprehend. You’re going against top 40 radio which has millions of dollars in production value behind it.
But don’t be scared – you can still make music that sounds like million dollar music without that large budget. Technology has come so far that you don’t need a multi-million dollar studio. But you do need to be an amazing musician, singer or rapper.
And that means practicing your craft – whether you sing, rap, make beats, play piano or guitar – EVERY SINGLE DAY! I know most readers will just gloss this over, but they really don’t want to be successful.
You can forget about everything else if your musical talent and ability isn’t up to par. And just know, when you’re not practicing to get better, someone else is. So you need to work hard. You need to be practicing every single day. If you’re a rapper that means writing rhymes and practicing different flows and cadences. If you’re a singer, practice your voice and read articles like these to learn how to sing better. If you play an instrument or make beats – PRACTICE THAT!
OK, now that I’ve drilled that into your head… The next step is to really learn about the music business. There’s a great post on Deviant Noise about the music business titled “How to Become a Rapper or Singer” that goes over all the different areas of the music business that you’ll need to become familiar with. I’d definitely recommend reading it.