Today, if you read carefully and take it all in, I will save you some valuable time. How to get to the next level as a musician? This is a question I get asked a lot and it still baffles me today. Where is this next level? Is it some secret section of an exclusive nightclub that is reserved for “Members only?” Is there a gatekeeper somewhere, who only lets people in who have discovered the magic password? And endless amount of artists spend days on end searching this password, and the gate… So I think it is a time to break down this myth for once and for all.
The next level
When people mention “the next level” I usually ask them what is the next level? What does it mean to you? The answers usually range from “I don’t know” to something like “I just want to get to the point that I can just play music”. Mostly they are vague ideas. So here is my big question, How can you go after something if you don’t know what it is in the first place?
Your career in music should not be a goal, it should be an ongoing journey. And you need to learn to love that journey! If you just want to play music, I’d suggest you keep it as a hobby. But if a career in music is what you are after, you need to get good at promoting your music.
What you need is a roadmap, with specific pit stops along the way. You then work towards the next pit stop. These pit stops are very specific goals that you have set for yourself. For example, if playing live is your goal, you could set up a goal of playing 40 shows next year. If making money from streaming is your goal, you could set up a goal of getting featured on 40 Spotify playlists next year.
The roadmap will give clarity and focus on what you need to do to reach your goals. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you stop wasting time trying to find shortcuts and can actually start working towards your success in the music business.