Collaboration is a topic that comes up in music industry discussions all the time. The internet has made it easier than ever before to connect with other musicians, songwriters, producers and just about anyone else you can think of. However, collaboration is still not as easy as it could be — even with all the tools now available.
Collaborating with Music Artists
Artists are often so focused on their own projects that they don’t have time for others, or they’re so protective of their ideas that they’re reluctant to work with others. Collaboration requires both trust and confidence in your own abilities, which can be surprisingly difficult to find sometimes.
If you want to collaborate with artists but aren’t sure how to approach them, read on for some helpful tips.
Networking is Key
The first and most important thing you need to do when looking to collaborate is to network. If you’re not networking, then you’re missing out on the most effective way to meet like-minded artists and find potential collaborators.
Networking doesn’t have to mean going to networking events and trying to sell yourself to people — though that can be part of it. It can also just mean meeting new people and making connections with them in your industry.
Show off Your Skills
Another great way to get artists to collaborate with you is to show them what you’re capable of. Create content that shows off your skills — whether it’s songwriting, production, mixing, or something else entirely.
This could be in the form of a SoundCloud playlist, a YouTube series, or even a blog post that explains your process. You could even create a free sample pack. This can be difficult for some artists, as it can be a very scary thing to put your work out there for people to see.
You might worry that your work isn’t good enough, or you might worry about criticism. However, collaboration is about showing your skills and putting yourself out there. You need to be brave, and you need to be willing to put yourself out there. And if you’re confident enough, you can use SMM panels to reach their fans and make them help you collaborate with the artist.