Four Things I Learned Making My Dream Happen

In the beginning of the semester, while everyone was gearing up to start the new academic year, I was finishing up the last bits of promotion for my debut album. It was the result of a two-year long process of finding my voice, recognizing my strengths and improving my weaknesses. At first, it all seems very easy, but while working on my project I did learn a few very important things.

  • Study and practice your craft

This is the part that is mentioned just as frequently as it is overlooked, yet it may be one of the most important steps in developing your artistry. I have never been a natural born singer. However, singing was something I enjoyed doing, which motivated me to better my abilities. I even Googled breathing techniques and scale exercises to improve my pitch. This taught me a lot about self-improvement and staying critical about yourself, especially because criticism is something that you will definitely have to face in the field of creatives. As for writing, I learned that listening to music is essential. Gain inspiration from different musical pieces, analyze structures of lyrics and try to incorporate them in your own work. This has elevated my writing skills tremendously and it continues to help me when I’m lacking inspiration.

 

  • Music distribution websites

Whereas in earlier days you may have had to either receive support from major distribution companies or maintain a huge network of connections at radio stations, nowadays you can get your music on streaming services rather easily. Websites like Tunecore and Fiverr allow you to get your music on apps like Spotify and YouTube. Some ask you to pay prices ranging from 5-20 EUR per song or album, others use monthly subscriptions in exchange for unlimited uploading minutes. Some of these sites even have apps through which you can upload mp3’s on your iPhone, making it even possible to upload a song in the comfort of your bed. This was important for me, as I had no connections in the music industry whatsoever when I embarked on my journey to becoming an independent artist. Using these distribution services provided me with a platform to perform my artistry on.

 

  • Your environment has the best connections

As I mentioned before, I did not know any industry professionals personally. However, I did have some friends in high school that shared the same passion for music as I did. I reached out to them and one of them had a home studio. I ended up recording my debut album in that same studio. Also, when I was planning the release of my second single, another friend of mine who was into photography helped me shoot the cover art. Not only was this a fun experience for us all, it also helped us train our skills in our respective fields. Sometimes, you may have plenty of ideas but no connections to execute them, and therefore it is important to look closely in your environment. Especially in the IBCommunity, there are plenty of creatives that are willing to help you.

 

  • Find your niche audience and work from there

With new ‘Lil-something’ rappers being born every other day, it has become tempting to simply follow the formula of preceding successful artists. ‘Appealing to an audience as big as you can will make you famous!’ Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it), this was not the truth for me. When I was trying to establish my musical style, I really tried to emulate the likes of Bryson Tiller and Drake, simply because they were the most popular R&B/Hip-Hop artists around at that time. However, as I was creating more music, I discovered that a lack of authenticity came with that emulation. People like to listen to music that they feel is real, and it’s also easier to create from an authentic place. Don’t dumb your art down for the world, wait until the world is ready to appreciate your art as is.

Now you do it! No one is going to do it for you. In all of these,, the essential element in keeping me motivated is having a good work ethic. Do your research, practice your notes, rewrite those songs and most of all, make sure you’re enjoying every part of it. Remember, you will have downfalls, as expertise is preceded by process and progress.


Author: Giani

10 Instagram Accounts You Need to Look at When You’re in a Mood to Procrastinate

With exam week around the corner and deadlines every other day, all you’re busy with right now is probably everything but studying. Most of you are probably mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram (I can relate). But I bet you get bored of that quite fast, and it’s because you’re not following the right accounts! So, to help you, here’s a list of 10 Instagram accounts you must follow.

  1. Kanye Doing Things (@kanyedoingthings)

Kanye West himself is already a living iconic meme, literally, but everything he does seems to be even more iconic when captured in a picture and supported by the right caption.

  1. WednesdayMeows (@wednesdaymeows)

This is by far the cutest cat you will come across in the realm of the Internet. I honestly don’t need to explain this one further, it’s just too damn cute.

  1. Tinder Convos (@tinderconvos)

We’ve all done it. You put yourself out there on Tinder, awkwardly converse with equally desperate strangers, eventually take a few painful hits, but luckily most of that remains unknown to the public eye. But not for these Tinder conversations. And trust me, they’re hilarious.

  1. Miserable Men TM (@miserable_men)

For some these posts will be relatable, for others it’ll just be funny as hell, either way you have to take a look at these men dreadfully waiting for their partners to be done shopping.

  1. ¡¡BADDiE!! (@baddiewinkle)

This badass Instagranny has nearly 4 million followers and you can see why if you scroll through her page. I’m literally still in tears with her bio “stealing ur manz since 1928”.

  1. Texts From Your Existentialist (@textsfromyourexistentialist)

Don’t we all love a little dark and deep humor in combination with art?

  1. Passenger Shaming (@passengershaming)

Oh my god… This account manages to perfectly capture the anger you experience when encountering that one passenger. You know if you know.

  1. Cash Cats (@cashcats)

Yes, another cat account, don’t judge me. But this one has your two favorite things combined in a picture for over 600 posts: cash and cats. Amazing right?

  1. Tilda Lindstam (@tildalindstam)

If you’re an average edgy millennial (same), chances are you love self-deprecation as a form of humor. This personal account of model Tilda Lindstam is the perfect combination of charming selfies, clever puns and witty captions.

  1. Fattyonce (@fattyonce)

I saved the best Instagram for last, which is coincidentally also my personal favorite. This account edits all of Beyoncé’s Instagram posts in a way to make her look extra thicc. As a true stan I can safely say this is in no way meant to fat shame, because the queen looks beautiful in all shapes and sizes.


Author: Nicky