Course 21: Self Documentation

Those who will identify with your sound, your lyrics, your look are going to want to learn more about you. It’s vital that you as the artist/producer take charge of your narrative and your image or you’ll find others doing it for you. Listeners expect access to key bits of information about the artists they relate to and whose music they support. Smart self- documentation of your journey that you share on social engenders a deeper connection with your followers. What you share can be as little as concise updates throughout the week, detailing various victories on your productions (like “Finally got those vocals sounding just the way I wanted!”), mentions of radio plays, collaborations, and talk about the gear you’ve been using. Now that you’ve got your first song, a remix, and your second song, technically you have a single, so marketing it is right around the corner. Those captured glimpses into your life as a creator can say more than some flashy photoshoot, so remember—document those moments along the way!

Along with revisiting your social media profiles and crafting your long and short artist bios, we’ll go back to talking about the many ways to lay out a song, discuss the importance of finishing your songs, and get into a number of special effects that you can apply to your music. Our digital field trip takes us to, not a maker but rather the oldest, most comprehensive online database for audio plugins where you can find out what others are talking about, what’s new, and what’s good.