A year ago I put my first release out after 6 years of doing nothing after releasing a couple of charity albums. Even though I released "Morning Tide" on the 20th April I actually didn't tell anyone about it until the beginning of May! I had the nagging doubts about whether people would like my music or whether the quality of the recordings was good enough. What I've learnt from doing my articles with other artists is that pretty much everyone had the same feeling.
The last question on my article is always "If you could go back and tell yourself something when you were younger, what would it be?"
A few things became apparent. "Don't doubt yourself. Make mistakes. Learn from these issues." I couldn't agree more. There will always certainly be a positive and a negative you can take away from each release. Stop worrying about quality so much as at it's heart the music is the bigger thing.
Now, I'm not trying to preach to the choir as so many of you on here are doing so well and don't need my input but I guess the teacher side of me likes to help if I can and I know there's a lot of people just starting out trying to navigate the minefields and pitfalls like we all have. And what I've learnt wouldn't fit a chapter of a book yet but if this helps anyone then great.
So without completely boring everyone, here in 10 steps is what I've learnt so far. If you want to add anything to the list below please jump in!
Speak to people, whether that be likeminded people, musicians, or your next door neighbour. You never know who can help you or offer advice or support.
Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice - in general most people will give you the time of day and if not they can direct you to the right place.
Be patient, things don't happen overnight (or rarely do for me!)
Share your experiences, yes not everyone will need or want to hear everything but almost certainly at least one person will listen and take something from it.
You're not perfect, so stop worrying about every little detail. You'll learn from things and get better.
Your opinion does matter but accept others may not share the same. And that's fine. We are not all the same and we can something new about ourselves from these views.
Kindness and helping out goes a long way and can build great relationships for the community.
What you put in will often be what you get out. It's not always the quickest process but you will get there.
Get outside and take in the world. There's inspiration out there, go and grab it.
And lastly, as you'll find out soon in an article, in the words of a certain Mr Casarotti "You Got This!" (sorry to steal your words, Francisco!)
You'll notice I've not mentioned anything to do with music/recording or marketing. There's loads to learn from all of these so enjoy the processes and keep on learning.
I think I'm in the wrong profession! I should be a life coach!
Seriously though, I've enjoyed the last year immensely and learnt so much and met some wonderful people so thanks everyone.
Hope you enjoyed the pep talk and stay positive. I'm looking forward to seeing what this year brings.