This article will deal on the core aspects of how to become a successful musician, especially here in Nigeria; and any other place in the world.
Presently, there are scores of articles online that deals with this subject matter.
And here at Taculia 9Ja, we have a related article on the topic: 10 Tips To Becoming A Successful Musician In Nigeria.
But having gone through most of those articles, I came to realize that they are not treating this subject matter from it’s roots, or say it’s core.
That is to say, they are not emphasizing on the basic things that can help a musician become successful.
Rather, they tend to show random ways and means musicians should implement, in order to become successful.
Therefore, I am going to reveal in this article, the 2 core ways, without which a musician can never become successful.
Whether here in Nigeria, or anywhere else in the world.
The 2 Core Ways Of How To Become A Successful Musician In Nigeria.
Basically, the 2 core ways of how to become a successful musician in Nigeria are:
- Raising the CAPITAL to finance your music career.
- Possessing the TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW of the music business
1. Raising The Capital To Finance Your Music Career.
I keep telling upcoming musicians, over and over again, that MUSIC IS BUSINESS.
And if you don’t possess a business mindset, there is no way you are going to become a successful musician.
As a matter of fact, when anyone is starting out as a business person, the first thing he must have upfront is the capital to purchase goods and services.
Now let’s look at the definition of CAPITAL.
What is CAPITAL?
Capital is a wealth in the form of money, or other assets, owned by a person or organization, or available for a purpose such as starting a company or investing.
Therefore, when relating this to music business:
The Audio Studio Recording, Song Promotion (Online and Offline), Shooting Of Official Music Video etc will require a musician to invest money.
Back in the days, before the Advent of the internet. The first thing upcoming musicians would fight to get was; someone to sponsor their music career, or a record label to sign them.
And to achieve this, they would record series of demos, perform in gigs, etc. All in the hope that, a sponsor or record label will notice their talent.
To the point of deciding to invest in them.
But it’s relatively sad that, upcoming musicians of this digital age think that; there is a way to become successful without having to spend money.
That is why most of them use free music apps to record songs, and upload them to free music platforms; like Audiomack. And then collect links they share on social platforms, and yearn for streams that will contribute nothing to their musical success.
And of course, this low quality production is one of the reason online music consumers refuse to listen, or download music of upcoming musicians.
My dear friends, low quality song production, and free online music promotion; will never help you to become a successful musician.
I bet that on my life.
Because, this low quality production should be the demos you pitch to sponsors and record labels, in order to convince them you have the talent.
And once they are convinced of that, they can decide to provide the CAPITAL that will be invested in your music career to make it successful.
2. Possessing the TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW of the music business.
First and foremost, let’s look at the terminology of TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW.
What is TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW?
If we go by the definition of Know-How, it simply means, the knowledge and skills that human beings require; in order to do something accurately and correctly.
This, TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW means, the knowledge regarding the use of specific technology. Or a way of doing something more efficiently and effectively.
Relating this to the music business then, TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW of the music business is the knowledge a musician requires; to make music and promote it effectively in order to become successful.
Any upcoming musician who fails to acquire this knowledge will end up making one mistake after the other.
And if care is not taken, they will give up on their musical career, when the industry seems too hard for them to fit in.
How To Gain The TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW Of The Music Business.
As we already know, the only way to acquire knowledge in life is through education.
And we have 2 kinds of education:
- The formal education and
- The informal education.
Formal education is the one we learn in school, from our teachers.
And until you graduate with a degree, you will never be able to land a good job or employment; as a source of livelihood.
On the other hand, informal education is the one we learn at home from our parents and guardians.
But then, this digital age has added a third form of education for us. And that is the Internet Education.
And the means of getting internet education is by reading online articles, watching video tutorials, enrolling in online courses or webinars etc.
Good enough, the internet id flooded with millions of music industry articles and tutorials, an upcoming musician can read and watch to gain the TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW of the music business.
Here at Taculia 9Ja, we are committing ourselves day in day out; to provide the articles, tutorials, podcasts etc that will enable upcoming musicians posses the TECHNOLOGICAL-KNOW-HOW of the music business.
We have an online music advisory website, where you can subscribe and get professional one on one music advice; as well as gain access to lenghty lessons as podcasts on Mp3.
As a subscribed member, you will also gain access to premium articles and ebooks.