Video:Matthew Koma: Getting Started in the Industrywith Matthew Koma
Matthew Koma, who has collaborated with artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Ryan Tedder of One Republic, offers advice on getting started in the music industry. Watch this About.com for tips from singer Matthew Koma on entering the music business.See Transcript
Transcript:Matthew Koma: Getting Started in the Industry
What tips would you give to an aspiring artist in terms of just getting started in the industry, motivating yourself?
Hone Your Craft When Getting Started in the Industry
I think almost having to get into the headset of staying outside the industry at first and just really honing your craft and what you do without the effects of anything other than the art and then the fact that you love what you do and the fact you're passionate about something or trying to figure out your identity within that art. In music, especially, it can be a discouraging industry at times, if you're putting those expectations on wanting to succeed and giving success this definition other than just being good at what you do.
I feel like once that is figured out and once you really figure out what it is you do and how you do it and how it's unique and how much you're connecting with people and something that's sincere to you and honest to you – the other stuff just works out.
Channel Frustrations When Getting Started in the Industry
So, a lot of the frustration, I think, just needs to be channeled back into focusing, again, on the art side of it. For me it's songwriting and it was always like, okay, well no matter what's happening on the industry side or on the fan base building side, as long as I'm just doing stuff that I believed in that is true to me, the other stuff just fell in to place as time went on.
So, just channeling that frustration and accepting it -- it's okay to be frustrated, and I mean it is frustrating, and it still is even when you get to a better place -- a place where you can navigate and you have a team and you have a label behind you, and you have chores and you have this -- there's always frustration. So it's just figuring out how to separate those frustrations from the process because it's not always healthy those. Sometimes it's healthy, not always -- just focus on the real important things and the actual art itself.
For More Information on Matthew Koma:
- Matthew Koma's Official Site: http://www.matthewkoma.com
- Listen to Matthew's Parachute EP: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=528699766