Branch out a bit, consider gigs at schools, fairs, festivals and perhaps parks in the summertime. So many artists think that the only valid venues to play are the clubs. Look around, start noticing where you see performers playing music, and ask yourself if that venue isn't a valid one for you. Give your fans more than one place to see you perform while finding new followers.
And at every gig, be sure there is an email signup sheet. Did I mention staying in touch with fans via emails is golden? Listen to other kinds of music beyond your own particular genre. There is much to be learned from other styles. All music offers a vast reservoir of new melodies and rhythms to experiment with, and to incorporate into your unique sound. If the future of music promises anything, it is the ongoing mix of old and new styles coming together in profoundly new ways.
Remember that the record labels don't know what they are looking for, but with any luck, they will recognize it when they hear it. Strive to find your own true identity through your music.
Great artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young have continually reinvented their personas and music throughout their careers. Create great graphics. How many logos do you have in your brain right now that are recognizable symbols for legendary bands? Stop making the same foolish mistakes over and over. Insanity has been described as repeating the same habit continually while expecting a different result. As a musician you may find yourself not wanting to rehearse, yet frustrated that your musical abilities never progress.
Or, as a songwriter, you may get upset when you keep backing yourself into a corner with an awkward rhyme scheme, yet find yourself continuing to use it. All of us at times get trapped in creative dead-ends, but the way out is not through repeating the same moves that got us there in the first place. Challenge yourself to find new inspirations, and develop at least one new creative technique a month. Don't ever stop making music. One sure way to gain some level of success as a musician is simply to not stop being one.
There is no one timetable or path to success. Most artists termed "overnight successes" are in reality years in the making. If you find yourself approaching the creative act of making music as a chore, what is the point in that? Some of the most successful musicians out there are people who simply never stopped making their own music, performing it regularly, and finding a comfortable way to go about doing the business of their music.
They could not not make music. Are you that passionate? Would a part of you die without your being able to make your music? If so, just keep doing it, the rest will follow. Want to step up your game as an indie musician? Name required. E-mail required, but will not display. By Christopher Knab Step 1 Realize that no one is waiting for your music.
Step 2 Avoid telling people in the music business that your music is "good". Step 3 Use the Internet and all its tools to your advantage. Step 4 Thank people who help you. Step 5 Play gigs outside of the usual clubs that cater to your genre of music. Step 6 Listen to other kinds of music beyond your own particular genre.
Step 7 Remember that the record labels don't know what they are looking for, but with any luck, they will recognize it when they hear it. Step 8 Create great graphics.
Step 9 Stop making the same foolish mistakes over and over. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television—you don't feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it's all television.
Compared to the success and scandal of Warhol's work in the s, the s were a much quieter decade, as he became more entrepreneurial. An idea expressed in the book: "Making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art. Art critic Robert Hughes called him "the white mole of Union Square. Warhol had a re-emergence of critical and financial success in the s, partially due to his affiliation and friendships with a number of prolific younger artists, who were dominating the " bull market " of s New York art: Jean-Michel Basquiat , Julian Schnabel , David Salle and other so-called Neo-Expressionists , as well as members of the Transavantgarde movement in Europe, including Francesco Clemente and Enzo Cucchi.
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By this time, graffiti artist Fab Five Freddy paid homage to Warhol when he painted an entire train with Campbell soup cans. This was instrumental in Freddy becoming involved in the underground NYC art scene and becoming an affiliate of Basquiat. By this period, Warhol was being criticized for becoming merely a "business artist". They also criticized his exhibit of 10 portraits at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan, entitled Jewish Geniuses , which Warhol—who was uninterested in Judaism and Jews—had described in his diary as "They're going to sell.
Warhol also had an appreciation for intense Hollywood glamour. He once said: "I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're so beautiful.
Everything's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. In Vanity Fair commissioned Warhol to produce a portrait of Prince , in order to accompany an article that celebrated the success of Purple Rain and its accompanying movie. The facial features and hair are screen-printed in black over the orange background.
In the Andy Warhol Diaries , Warhol recorded how excited he was to see Prince and Billy Idol together at a party in the mid s, and he compared them to the Hollywood movie stars of the s and s who also inspired his portraits: " By the beginning of the s, pop art was an experimental form that several artists were independently adopting; some of these pioneers, such as Roy Lichtenstein , would later become synonymous with the movement.
Warhol, who would become famous as the "Pope of Pop", turned to this new style, where popular subjects could be part of the artist's palette. His early paintings show images taken from cartoons and advertisements, hand-painted with paint drips.
Marilyn Monroe was a pop art painting that Warhol had done and it was very popular. Those drips emulated the style of successful abstract expressionists such as Willem de Kooning.
Warhol's first pop art paintings were displayed in April , serving as the backdrop for New York Department Store Bonwit Teller's window display. It was the gallerist Muriel Latow who came up with the ideas for both the soup cans and Warhol's dollar paintings.
He loved celebrities , so he painted them as well. From these beginnings he developed his later style and subjects. Instead of working on a signature subject matter, as he started out to do, he worked more and more on a signature style, slowly eliminating the handmade from the artistic process.
Warhol frequently used silk-screening ; his later drawings were traced from slide projections. At the height of his fame as a painter, Warhol had several assistants who produced his silk-screen multiples, following his directions to make different versions and variations.
It was reported at the time that, unlike the three artists before him, Warhol opted to paint directly onto the automobile himself instead of letting technicians transfer his scale-model design to the car. Warhol produced both comic and serious works; his subject could be a soup can or an electric chair. Warhol used the same techniques—silkscreens, reproduced serially, and often painted with bright colors—whether he painted celebrities, everyday objects, or images of suicide, car crashes, and disasters, as in the —63 Death and Disaster series.
Some of Warhol's work, as well as his own personality, has been described as being Keatonesque. Warhol has been described as playing dumb to the media.