Editorial: 10 Questions Upcoming Artists should Ask
UPCOMING ARTISTES SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES.
Over the years music has evolved from being done for fun to being one of the most lucrative ventures around us, this in turn has increased the number of young minds opting to do music for various reasons either good or bad. This article covers a couple of question any serious musician should check to start with.
So to the main events, these are some of the questions upcoming artists need to ask themselves:
1. WHY DO I MAKE MUSIC?
Every intending artiste should ask themselves this question; “…’why do i want to practice music…” , you can lie to others but you can never lie to or deceive yourself, your conscience would definitely disturb you. People have different opinion about music, as I tell most people who want to go into music industry; “… if you are going into music it is because you have the passion for it or you are going there because of the fame”.
And come to think of it, the society thinks that people practicing music are dropouts or NFA’s (No Future Ambition) or people who think music is their last resort, I can’t blame the society on their opinion because most artistes are just there because of the fame which is not supposed to be so. Let’s check the music industry, Nigeria music industry to be precise, the number of artistes who are in music because of their passion for it are like 0.5 out of 10 and the number of artistes who are there because of the fame are 9.5 out of 10.
Artistes who practice music because of the passion for it tend to be a force to reckon with and they gain more prominence because the passion would show in their songs but reverse is the case of those who are in music because of the fame.
2. WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC AM I ABSOLUTELY GREAT AT?
Imagine Adekunle Gold on a trap beat, i know right. Learn to find your niche and cling to it, you are a brand and should identify with the values of your brand. If its rap, do proper rap, R n B? do proper R n B.
3. HOW LONG DO I WANT TO DO MUSIC FOR?
You must ask yourself how long you are going to be in the music industry. I believe that music is a lifetime thing because you are pursuing your ambition as a musician and for as far the passion is still there you can do music till your old age. It is not necessary to perform at your old age but you can be an adviser, role-model to other young and intending artiste. There are examples of musicians who are still doing music at their old age; Ebenezer Obey, Sir Victor Olaiya, King Sunday Adegeye (KSA) etc.
4. WHAT IS THE VISION?
As an artiste you must have a vision and also a mission in the sense that you must have a purpose for going into music. You as an artiste, have to see your coming into the music industry as a way to enlighten and teach people about music and your coming should be seen as a change in the industry and you as an artiste must set a goal for yourself so that your legacy will never be forgotten in the history of music.
5. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?
You as an upcoming act must have a dream that you know you are going to achieve through your hard work and consistency. Many artistes dream about fame, wealth, glory etc. I don’t blame them because it is your reason or your main purpose of doing music that will determine your dream. I personally have a dream to be one of the renowned music producers in the world, to own one of the best recording studios and so on, and am working towards achieving that dream because if you set a dream and you did not work towards achieving that dream, that dream is going to be a mirage.
6. HOW DO YOU MEASURE YOUR GROWTH?
A serious upcoming artiste should decide that after a specific period of time he or she is going to look back and reminisce on what he/she has done within that period and where there are lapses he/she should ask why the lapses occurred, what are the steps to carry out in other for it not to repeat itself again and what are the solutions or necessary procedure to correct the lapses.
7.WHAT DO I NEED TO LEARN?
In this line of business, no one is perfect, we are all working towards perfection and no one knows it all. You as an upcoming act must know how to play a certain musical instrument or have an idea about music in other to complement it with your vocal skills and I bet it with you, you are going to be the rave of the moment. Any other skill you know you can learn or gain, practice and work on it and you will see that it will bring out the best in you.
8.WOULD I HAVE THE PATIENCE?
Patience is a virtue and there is a saying that “the patient dog eats the fattest bone”. Upcoming artistes should definitely know that the road to success is not a easy task, when you are on that road you must definitely face some trials because the road to success is not straight but rough and irregular. In other for you to achieve the success you crave for you have to be patient and at the end everything would be in your favor.
No matter the period of time you suffer or never blow just have it the back of your mind that it is God’s plan for you and they are of good.
9. IF THE FAME COMES, CAN I HANDLE IT?
Yes, you can handle it if you are still the same guy who started with nothing but now has everything at his beck and call. You don’t have to be proud and pompous cause of the fame because if you do that to anybody irrespective of his or her class, they will stop at nothing to destroy you with anything they can lay their hands on.
Be mindful of what you type on social media, what you say at interviews and how you behave in public, or wherever you find yourself. If you keep on being yourself and humble, you become a people’s favorite and they will all clamor for your music.
Remember that a house built for 10 years can be destroyed in a day.
The last but the first and the most important thing you must have as an upcoming artiste that want to make it in the music industry. Anything you are going to do, you must include God first.
Anything you want to do, include God first and he will grant you success and more great things only if you trust, believe and sincerely serve him.
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WRITTEN BY: FAFEYIWA OLUWASEUN. I (OMOBA FOLARIN)