Tips for Pitching (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
(This post accompanies Gab & Jam Ep 95 Tips for Pitching (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
This episode is a part of our Blog-vember 2019 trifecta of three posts a day—a video, a podcast, and a blog post. This year the focus is tips for the D.I.Y. Rock Star. We developed these methods through our own decades worth of experiences.
Take into account these tips for pitching your music:
The BIG Take-Aways:
How do you convince others to buy into your ideas? As far as we can see, there is no winning formula; all you can do is put yourself out there, as yourself, and either they are going to be sold or not. It seems that getting your work to others is the first key step in all of this. If no one hears your work, no one can book you. In that way, distribution and promotion are the cornerstone of your “pitch.”
Perhaps this is more of a mass, passive pitch, but it has been the “winning” formula to build us to this point. People seeing us being active, putting out our work, and that has gotten us the attention that has helped move the needle in advancing our enterprises.
Many times people sell you things you already want, whereas with art, it may be more difficult to determine what they want, while trying to lead them to where you want them want to want. There is quite a bit of rejection in this business. This makes it hard to navigate trust of yourself and trust of others.
Being on top has its pitfalls for insecurity too. Even if people are falling all over you, you begin to be suspicious of why they are around you. Or there becomes that pressure to continue to give the people whatever it is that you gave them at first, instead of growing on to that next level.
That’s what made a band like The Beatles is a phenomenon was the fact that they were able to continually metamorphous through each album despite the pressure to give the people what they had already bought into. The fact that they were able to be experimental and still commercial was incredible. Perhaps this is a side effect of a really different and vastly changing time in music and in society.
Regardless of what you pitch, try to stay true to and trust yourself whether people are buying your art/talent/music/personality or not.