5 mistakes musicians make

Welcome to LnM, today we going to touch on things you should avoid when starting out in your music life , we were guilty of this as well and somewhat not perfect but we want to help our followers and people who constantly come back to stop doing this or at least improve. If you new here you might want to subscribe and look for a notification bell so you won’t miss a good how to info.

  1. Saving hits for one day you make it

We know people like Zakwe , Tns , Duncan and other artists are famous for releasing a song they did on 2015 ,We don’t recommend that strategy because you cannot control it , 1stly you don’t know how people are going to feel about the songs  you might be delay your success .2ndly nobody care until you make it, even the deal you seeking with that song wont reflect because executives and A&Rs don’t have numbers that shows how the song is doing because you haven’t released it and lastly you might be a one hit wonder if you do this analyze yourself.

2. Do diss tracks without a goal

Music is business if you going to make fool of yourselves in public you might as well get paid in the process. The music Vandals that are crazy about qgom music and those real hip hop cats get your priority straight if it’s doesn’t pay the bills its shouldn’t be so important .others will say they’re background is good ,then we will say  consider your children background as well have some balance and avoid having your name dragged in the mud just for the fun of it ,this songs will always be around and once you record something you wouldn’t play for your future family then you need to delete it and get back on track.

3. Don’t back up files of the songs

Have your music in multiple storage devices and even online on the cloud that way you can be able to release music even when you have writers block and do remixes or even resell your work as you grow, Producer back up your kits and sounds, and artists should have their own external hard drive and always sign split sheet every time the new song is recorded just in case one party decides to release the song later as his own

4. Don’t like to pay for quality

When young artists and old artists overlook the quality we just know they still playing, in Durban we don’t have an engineer that we can count on when it comes to proper mastering, Duane sin is not bad but he can be better as well. That’s why ULwaz No Makhula uses Rogan Kelsey from Johannesburg he has proved himself countless times. Why artists don’t want to pay for this services , our assumption is they thing there is no huge difference but wonder why their music doesn’t get the love that we get .People listen and they can tell from good quality to average quality or no quality at all and I don’t even want to talk about radio stations. As an artist you are also half entrepreneur and you need to figure what’s is that as well or otherwise people who can’t rap or sing will do the work for you and pay you peanuts .You Have to invest in your music, in 2020 mastering is only 650 Rands .mixing can be done by a lot of producers locally so you don’t have to sweat.

5. They think dopeness is all that matters

I have artists who get surprised when I charge them for my beats, I respect them and they are dope but making beats takes time and they don’t push that much to create awareness that can lead to potential customers so being dope or talented is never enough. You need to raise your standards as an artist and improve your work ethic and pay people who helps you or you really don’t respect them .if you don’t push hard you cannot get a free beat and a free recording from me ,that waste of time you have to pay. If your dope songs are not well marketed or pushed and makes money they are useless that why is so important to replicate big artists and that why you need a job. This is it for today please add other mistakes artists makes on the comments we know we left a lot ,like signing bad deals but we haven’t  experienced that one and we don’t have a close friend we can refer to that why we didn’t say it but we know it’s there and artists must get council before signing anything. This is LnM Show, we going to give you a bonus

6. They blow through gigs money

Few performances the artists get doesn’t improve their craft in fact it’s hurt it, because they take the money and don’t reinvest but buy alcohol for themselves and girls as well as fake friends. Starting out you not a baler especially when you still make less than 10k per gig you still not that valuable so your behavior as an artist should change  ,you can get paid direct to an account and do yourself a favor leaving a card at home and try to have a love partner who supports you but not drain your funds ,this apply to female artists don’t have girl together right after your performance  ,and as much as you can support at home if you don’t have other source of income for your music at home they should not see the money you just make .reinvest on your brand. It’s enjoyable to do music related things not all of them but most they show you the possibilities, Things like music videos and photo shoots and so on if you do it by yourself now .if you get lucky and get a deal you will be able to control your album or single budget because you will be familiar with this stuff .We hope we didn’t offend anyone by our facts our goal is for you to learn and change your ways for the better LnM we out

You don’t need a new hit, you need a budget

Today’s piece is inspired by the conversation we are having with a lady cheese McKenzie , we were supposed to do a song long time ago , now she asks why that’s hasn’t happen now I had to explain that’s we now acting like big companies , we don’t do a song without a budget now check outs this points for more information.

  1. It’s pointless to do a song without a plan.

The mistake I always tell artists to avoid on this blog is don’t do things for free ,now I want to add ,don’t rush to ask for money if you are not there yet practice and grow and see when you ready to charge and know you can manage to keep money coming in and don’t end up with one sale per month. Getting back to my point as you are getting paid to do music related things you also need to pay people who will create awareness about you and your music…

No matter how small is a budget #cash
  1. Music Video
  2. Mixing and Mastering
  3. Submission and Plugging
  4. Public Relation (Magazines and Newspaper and Blogs)

Bear in mind other of these things you can do for yourself so start by taking your chances before getting a middle man or you will get screwed all your life for being lazy and ignorant. But for musicians for now these above costs are fixed and technology improves with a price.

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  • 2 Who you do a song with

Featuring anyone will cost you your brand reputation, firstly featuring someone unknown won’t take you anywhere instead it will make awareness of that’s person unless that’s person is really good like the guy we featured on Vosho called Caleb. You need someone who comes and add value on a song not someone who comes and make people wonder why you put this person on a song. On Vosho the vocalist did song great to the point that’s people wants to feature him and we grateful for that’s its show we made a conscious choice.

Here you don’t use a friendship to work with a person ,other thing I want to stress if the person is part of a song not featured he’s investment on a song should be same as ya’ll ,if the track succeed he wins like ya’ll do and if its fail you know the story. But I want to add some people have big name brads already and by featuring that’s person is 100% of contribution and he wants to earn 50% afterwards its fine don’t argue , you have a lot to lose compare to him.

  • 3 Put together some budget and push the hit you did 5 years ago.

Song’s of the year are normally old songs ,why because when that’s people did that’s song ,they were hungry and didn’t think they will make it eventually .So this point might say record a song like you record a song of the year because we might never know. But get back to the point you not lacking Hits , you lack money or you have money but you don’t see your music as a great investment because you don’t know when this will pay off ,so new sneakers win. I’m not here to tell you how to live your life but portion of your income should go to music if you are a artist and as of writing here 90% of mine this year is going to music and the reason being I think I have reached my tipping point and the habit is good knowing that’s girls are not eating my money, stores are not eating my money but what’s I have dedicated my only life to does.

Here is the little secret, there is information we want to reveal face to face the day we meet because it will be more effective then telling it here. How bad you want this info its will depend on you reaching out. So we not saying save a money for a single no the money you get do something related to a single which will make it ready for the world.

I’m not a ‘Business-Man’! I’m a Business… man! Let me handle my business, damn!Hip-hop is more about attaining wealth. People respect success. They respect big. They don’t even have to like your music. If you’re big enough, people are drawn to you.I’m far from being god, but I work god damn hard.

Jayz , Shawn Corey Carter

  • 4 Don’t record everyday

When you starting out its okay to record everyday and strengthen your muscle of being an artist. But now you know your story learn other aspect of music that’s you don’t know like reading articles like this ,and learn more about what’s you need to do to be different in your industry. So I have made it easy , you can read 1 article a day and become smarter or go straight to a book but I know us black people we dread reading instead of trying another hit ,try reading ,how to make a hit song. Budget your time as much as you budget your money ,I know producers don’t seems to have a long term goal that’s isn’t tied to an artist and for all of my friends there get away from that’s notion artists dumps producers every day with or without success while you have dedicated your life to make him a star , he wakes up one day and decides to be a alcoholic and be cool around his neighborhood so I thought I should put that’s in there .On Budgeting time I was trying to say we as producers we tend to spend most of our time in a computer without knowing what’s project is important ,here how I measure myself ,what’s can I do that’s will pay me money for sure , not now but in a very near future then beats are now my answer and its wasn’t always like that’s ,I built beats for years and gave it to my artists for free and I lost lot of money because even when we sold cdz truth and honesty didn’t play part so I let it go , now I sell my beats its what’s I do every day and I have customers ,if I could stop now its would be a huge mistake and I want to correct this here , big artists are not my customers upcoming artists are. So instead of recording and so on I write this even though I still don’t know how I’m going to benefit but music started this way as well, passion and love to help people like me.

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  • 5 When you have a budget, back it up with a hit.

Trap music seems to be garbage to old school artists, and I’m sure there is that’s to it but we have some hits as well, what’s this trappers normally have is money their background is usually good but talents lacks now I want to contradict myself make hits so that’s you will win people’s hearts even if you pay for them to hear your work. We know people loves anything on media ,but can you imagine being loved by most people even those who have specific genre just because you good at yours? People like Lucky Dube did reggae but we know they cause they were universal apart from being backed by companies and soon enough we going to show you guys that’s companies are illusions and are there to make money out of artists and create jobs ,unless we found the companies , people who doesn’t know music will come in a pay the budget that’s we are talking about and control everything you spit on the microphone , what’s to say and what’s not to say and no one artist loves that’s , we are matured enough to know what’s deliver or not A&R are important but we are the foundations ,that’s why as artists we should feed our minds with good information and TV series we watch so our songs will have rich content. So make a hit as a guarantee that’s your song is repeated not just by radio but by fans.

Well that’s how my  day end with you today come back tomorrow and have a daily dose of growth and actually do things we suggests and come back for a feedback , we not trying to inspire you here or motivate you .we just tell you what’s you can do to reach the level we at. So do follow ULwaz No Makhula in all social media so you will see we are for real. Bonus point

  • 6 Try to have above average budget

I think this is the most important point ,before I elaborate as I’m writing this script know maybe I might give up one day and not live up to my words , giving up means I died too soon or lost my voice or lost my mind is some way loll. But where im going with this if your life is made out of a passion , creative work any art or you’ve grow to love your work to the point that’s you could work for free .Do this instead of investing certain percentage on your craft ,music or painting or whatever invest all your money and time in it for at least 2 years and see if there wont be a difference. Now how do I suggest you do this . Things like

  1. Putting your work on Radio and TV
  2. Boost a song online
  3. Have a famous ambassador representing your brand & PR
  4. Booked in big gigs

This things are so expensive to the point that’s most artists thinks are only for celebrities ,while the opposite is really the truth ,this is what’s makes celebrities in the first place .Companies invests in these things for their artists and collects the royalties & now we have people like Dj Maphorisa competing with big companies because they realized where to put their money and the guy isn’t really working hands on music but uses the best talent he can get like Dj tira and I respect this guys and I only suggests they should expand their portfolio and learn other businesses like Meek Mill and Jayz cause the new term we all just learnt about called Pandemic proves to us all that’s we need to be way smarter and yet fundamental to survive. Goodbye