Tip #1: Have Good Quality Music - This might be a hard pill to swallow but a lot of rappers these days just don't have good sounding music.....there I said it! I'm not saying that this is you, but it's definitely a good idea to keep sharpening your skills. Put aside some time every week to watch tutorials on mixing vocals, proper recording techniques, whatever you think you need to work on. Post your music on social media and take the constructive criticism. Never stop learning and remember that practice makes perfect!
Tip #2: Be Consistent - The internet is flooded with millions of rappers all dying to get a shot at fame, making it easy for people to forget about you. So make sure your consistently putting out new music every week. Take Russ for example, he put out 1 song every week on Soundcloud until he finally got one on the Top 100 list. This is a great way to get new fans, and keep your existing fans happy. Not only that but you will be sharpening your skills with each new song you put out!
Tip #3: Find Your Market - Sometimes people just don't have any interest in what you have. You wouldn't try to sell bracelets to a person with no arms, or reading glasses to a blind man. Same goes for hip hop, some people just don't like it. Do some research and try to find out what kind of people like your music. How old are your existing fans? What gender likes your music the most? What other artists do they listen to? The more you know about your fans, the better idea you'll have on who to show your music to.
Tip #4: Upload Videos - I've noticed from experience that when I post a video of myself rapping on Facebook it gets way more likes and shares than any of my other posts. I think people just like to put a face to the voice, making it feel more real and authentic. Also videos start to play automatically on Facebook so take advantage and make the first few seconds of your videos count.
Tip #5: Don't Tag People! - How many times have you tagged 50 - 100 people in a Facebook status only to get 3 likes and 0 plays? The sad truth is that it just doesn't work. Here's what really happens when you tag people:
1. They get frustrated because they get notifications every time someone likes or comments on the status.
2. They report the status as spam.
3. You get in trouble with Facebook.
4. People label you as annoying, resulting in less fans.
People don't like feeling pressured to do anything, so the best way to post on social media is to upload a video of yourself rapping with a simple caption like - "Just a video of myself in the studio" or "Here's a freestyle I made, hope you like it". This allows people to see it on their own. If you build it they will come.
Hope this helps! And good luck to you on Growing Your Music Fan Base.
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