If you want a career in music, great co-writes, meetings with publishers, artist co-writes and the like, you CAN’T be “That Guy”. You know, the guy (or girl) who does these things or anything similar to these. These pointers are symbolic ones, talking of some of the worst behaviors one could so subconsciously.
Drops off a CD with ten songs. Let’s be real. Nobody has time to listen to 30 minutes of music from someone they don’t know. If someone has requested that I send them songs, I usually limit it to 3-4 songs. If they haven’t requested them, I keep it to 1 or 2. Less is more. You want them to ask for more, not to throw your CD in the trash because you overload them.
Is disrespectful to anyone that gives you critiques of your work. Again, if someone is kind enough to take the time to listen, thank them and be polite even if you disagree with their opinion.
Continually complains about the music business or the music on the radio. If you hate it, then do something else. Why try to be a part of something you despise? Plus, the people who are succeeding aren’t complaining, so complaining about it just lets everyone know that you are not succeeding. Be positive. Work hard. Write the best songs you can write and continually get better. That will take you a lot farther than complaining will.
Plays their songs around town too early. Unless you have 10 or more cuttable songs, you don’t need a publisher or a song plugger. Going all over town playing your songs for people before that point burns bridges. You have to understand how the game works and people want to work with writers who have a catalog of great songs, not just one or two. Spend your time writing more great songs before you play them all over town.
“That guy” gets a bad reputation. That’s not what you want.
Author Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with more than 14 years of experience in music production, mix and mastering, recording engineering, live sound designing/engineering, lyrics writing and music arrangement. He has produced more than 800 and written more than 2000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.