“The difference between success and failure is a great team.”
All too often we feel as if the only way to make it is to do it on your own. Why? Because the general perception of an artist focuses solely on the talent themselves, and not the team behind them. However, in any endeavor, especially in the music industry, having a solid backing is essential in your progress.
Having a team, whether it be creative or business oriented (hopefully both), gives you two main assets; Critique, and Division of Labor.
Critique — Having someone else you can go to for insight or review is a great way to not only sharpen your skills, but step outside of the box. We as artists can sometimes become stuck on one concept or ideal that we block off all other possibilities, which can lead to hitting a wall creatively. More so, because we won’t admit it to ourselves, sometimes what we think is super dope or creative, might not be and a little criticism can go a long way. However, having too many hands in the pot can be a bad thing and a hindrance, so having 1–2 people around whose opinions you value and trust will do just fine.
Division of Labor — Like I mentioned in my first post, being an independent artist means that you have A LOT of responsibility. This is where having a team behind you can be priceless. Having a few true supporters, (girlfriend, family members), can be the greatest assets of them all. At times, things can get overwhelming, and may seem to be too much to handle. That’s where your team comes in. Posting an update on your Facebook page, helping promote your new single or even something as simple as reminding you to write a verse, can not only be super motivating but also help move your career forward more efficiently.
We all want to be successful and accomplish great things, and although there are many ways to do so, there’s no way more exciting, or motivating than doing it with a team of people, who care about you and want to help you succeed. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your Empire, so get out there and start building yours.