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Many reasons for offering a bit of advice to artists. I've learned so much from other artists over the years - and I like to pay back and share what I know. Not everything works, of course, and you may have better ideas. We all succeed in different ways, and of course, the very definition of success is so different from person to person!
Unless you are a mega-star... saying "here's my new album!" with a link ...doesn't cut it. And even mega-stars usually do a little more than that. Ideas:
Be a part of a community - whether here, or electro-music, or ambientonline, or one of the many other fine places out there on facebook, etc... connect to people. Friends, peers, fans. Only a few artists can get away with living in mystery and silence (boards of canada and daft punk jump to mind). Networking sounds like such a corporate term - but it's not - it's talking to friends and potential fans, people who simply share your love for the music or the art.
You are your brand.
Every time you open your mouth... (well, ok, type) - you are you and it does reflect on your music. We're all human and you can and should be who you are. But, if you're a royal twit online - I'm betting a lot of people who might have listened to your work might skip it if you're a flame war starter or belittle people.
Now, are we all perfect? Oh heck no - and I truly believe everyone cuts everyone else some slack. I'm really talking about the few people that just spout off all the time. Maybe it's just me? but I do get annoyed and tend to equate their actions with their art.
Sending demo's to labels...
Release it yourself!
Sending your music to podcasters, reviewers, radio
Ok - I've rambled on enough. One final bit of advice - don't release every scrap of music you write. Do some self editing and only release the stuff that really moves you. There's no race to release.
If you've never read my silly, really freaking totally out of date bio... take a look... I've been around a bit. As much as many of you here? Oh heck no! I just write more. :-)
OK - your turn! Add some more ideas to the comments on how you promote yourself and get the word out your music or art or poetry!
image: Wallpaper from my "Temporal Arc" reissue release. Image by my wife, wallpaper by Steve Brand. http://relaxedmachinery.com/releases/john-koch-northrup-temporal-ar...