Festivals like A3C, CMJ and SXSW provide a bevy of great Hip-Hop performances for fans who come out. Not only that, these engagements also offer a fertile area for aspiring artists to get their music out to potential listeners as well as bloggers and other tastemakers who can help them take the next step in their careers. Unfortunately, due to the sheer amount of madness going on, most artists don’t receive any feedback on what they can do to improve or increase their chances of getting noticed.
If you make music and are looking to set yourself apart from those recording songs simply to spite their microphone, listen in as TSS Crew’s BEWARE and MZ spill the specifics on handling yourself in front of the people that matter.
1. Make Sure Your Music Is Mixed Properly
This is number one for a reason. Whether it’s a CD or some other form of free, there’s nothing worse than playing an album that’s not mixed properly. More specifically, it’s a sure way for your tunes to be quickly glossed over. Don’t invest so much into cover art and packaging that you forget to make sure your vocals sound crisp and aren’t drowned out by the instrumental.
2. Put Your Best Song First
Sure it’s cliché but you really don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Grab the listener’s attention early and get them on your side. Don’t make or expect them to suffer through the intro and couple of freestyles before they find something that resonates. Because truthfully, they may not make it to track five.