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So You Want to Be a (Home) Recording Songwriter?

Us independent artists are living in great times! At our fingertips, we have the ability to create stellar recordings out of our own homes. Not only that, we can then distribute our Audible Art to all 8 billion people on this planet. How crazy awesome is that?! Yeah, I know … all 8 billion won’t listen to our music. In fact, if we are fortunate enough to have 8 million listen, we are doing extremely well. But that is only 0.1% of the world’s population. So, for all of us dreamers out there, it’s cool to think about how possible that is.

Now, to me, the easiest part is recording a song I’ve written. In fact, I love the process! I love hanging out in my home studio, laying down countless tracks to give my song the vibe I want. I do it all by myself (well, sometimes with my bulldog, Burton, by my side:D). As an introvert, I LOVE that I have the ability to let my mind wander throughout the endless paths and possibilities in each and every song I write.

However, the most satisfying part is also the hardest … songwriting itself. Writing a rhythmic-driven barrage of rhyming melodic schemes and syllables is a difficult task. Yes, we can slap some words down to a basic chord progression without much thought and call it a song, but is it really? Don’t take that as bashing simple songs because I am absolutely not doing that at all. The best songs in the world often only have 4 chords and are not based on groundbreaking topics. What I am saying, though, is those songs come from somewhere deep and the music walks hand-in-hand with the lyrics.

(Write about what makes up a song in bullet points)
1. Do you love it?
2. Does it capture the emotion you want it to capture?
3.

Now, for the part that is almost as hard as writing a song that grabs the attention of an audience and, for me, is THE WORST part. Getting the song out there.

The physical part of getting it out there is easy. Sign up with a distributer like CDBaby, TuneCore, Distrokid, etc. Simple. I use CDBaby and they walk you through step-by-step how to physically release the album, get it into the hands of the likes of Spotify and Apple and boom …done. Easy. But that’s not what I’m talking about. Yes, your Audible Art is now available in Norway, however are any Norwegians listening. This is where I personally struggle and I’m sure you do too. There are many resources out there to help with this, but marketing changes super fast. The irony of it all is, because of how affordable and rather simple it is to build a home studio and distribute music worldwide, we have actually flooded the market with music, making it difficult to cut through the crowd.

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