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Flat BROKE! & Breaking Into the MUSIC BUSINESS! Part 3


hey guys Trey Vittetoe here and welcome to
part three in my series about being broke and breaking into the music
business so today I’m going to talk about what kind of space you need to set
up your studio and ultimately I want to talk about how you can start getting
your music out there and making money for you and also if you’re an artist how
to start setting up a fan base for yourself so stay with me and check it
out so today I’m going to start by talking
about recording space where you need to set up your small studio recently
somebody asked me a question about how they could afford to rent a space to set
their studio up when they were already just barely getting by I had to ask him
why do you need to rent a space so when I was first married I just set up my
studio in a spare bedroom some of my friends were setting their Studios up
just in their living rooms I would run cables into the bathroom where I could
track vocals or mic up amplifiers was it ideal no but it worked and I made a lot
of Records there when we moved into a house I took over half the garage I
spent maybe two thousand dollars building it out and buying some acoustic
foam too dead into space and I’m still using that same space today I had no
idea what I was doing when I started building out a studio on my garage I
needed to build a wall in the middle so I could have the other half of my garage
for storage I didn’t know how to build a wall so I went online and searched how
do you build a wall now my space isn’t big but people love coming here and
writing and recording in this little space is where I’ve had all of my real
success it’s true that if you’re in an apartment or a dorm you’re probably
going to need to do a lot of your work on headphones you’ll need to plan out
time to record vocals and other instruments but most of my time as a pop
producer is done working on programming scents and drums and mixing so a lot of
that can be done on headphones anyway using your living room or your bedroom
for studio is completely doable just remember if you’re if your room is kind
of noisy or echoing throw up some blankets throw up some foam back in the
day people would literally put egg cartons on their walls it doesn’t look
very nice but it breaks up sound and it gets rid of reflections don’t feel like
you’re restricted from starting a music career or setting up a studio if I’ve
got is your bedroom or your apartment so the last thing I want to talk about in
this series is it how to get your music out there once you’ve created it how to
find opportunities to sell your music or if you’re an artist how to build a fan
base some of these things I’ve addressed in other videos so check them out on the
screen somewhere here as well so if you haven’t already figured it out
the music business is in chaos it has been for almost 20 years
in the early 2000s music piracy and a flagging economy decimated the industry
for that there was a lot of money flowing in the music industry record
labels were signing artists music sales were great but during the.com days when
music became compressible in formats such as mp3s and downloadable from
computers people just started grabbing music for free online company sprang up
the facilitated music piracy and music sales hit the wall there was a huge
debate about it in which people thought that in taking music for free they were
just skimming a small part off the top of a huge economic pie and since
everyone in the music industry was raking in millions stealing a little
music for personal use wasn’t any big deal it wasn’t hurting anyone but that
rationale along with an economy that took a dive after 9/11 left the music
industry in tatters I was a part of it I saw it almost overnight companies went
belly-up every few days you’d be sitting in your office and someone would come in
in tears and say they had just been let go you would arrive at work in the
morning to learn that an entire department was dissolved sometimes whole
offices were shut down Christmas was the worst time that’s when entire companies
were closed it was dismal and it went on for years really it’s still going on but
things have stabilized somewhat over the years well what does all that have to do
with you getting your music out there and making money from it well as it
turns out the same thing that pulled the carpet out from under this bloated ego
driven industry back then has today put the business back into the hands of the
music creators so while it’s true that the business was thriving back in 1997
if you were a songwriter or producer or artist you had to tie yourself to a
record label or to a music publisher to get your career moving you would have
been beholden to any number of music business types and our people publishers
managers attorneys anybody that could help
start your career and all of those are still incredibly necessary but today is
starting out you have many avenues to build your own career by having direct
access to those people who need music fans advertisers TV and film supervisors
through various online music services you can submit your music directly to
the opportunities in other videos I’ve mentioned a few sites that I’ve used or
my friends have used like music x-ray song trader taxi these are sites that
you can pitch your songs to for licensing opportunities or for
independent artists or to labels for signed artists and what about if you’re
an artist is trying to build a fan base you no longer need a record label to
sign you to promote you to set up tours media events twelve-year-old kids are
building huge fan bases on sites like Twitter Instagram YouTube to the point
where they can start going out on tour with companies like digi tour there are
15 year old independent artists that can sell out 700 ceders anywhere in the
world and bring home $20,000 worth of merchandise not a dime of which goes to
a record label they built it all themselves and then when their careers
reach a point where they can truly benefit from a relationship with a
record company or a music publisher the business is coming to them when they
sign their contracts it will be a mutually advantageous arrangement one
where they have the power to negotiate a reasonably fair deal for themselves and
why because they’ve eliminated risk for the company that now just wants to
partner with the artist and take them to the next level and maybe that sounds a
little oversimplified but truly that’s the current model and things can go
essentially as I’ve described case in point is an artist named Johnny Orlando
check out his story and you’ll get an idea of how this thing can work in the
new millennium alright so while we’ve thrown in a few details that hopefully
you can use to get started in the business what I really hope you take
from this is that it doesn’t take a lot of money and it doesn’t take knowing all
the right people to get started in the music business what
takes is what it should take talent passion determination persistence you
need to be able to collaborate with others and create a product that
resonates with an audience then you need to get it out there keep pushing
evolving never giving up amazingly it’s the same formula for success that it
always has been and always will be alright
so you guys I hope you enjoyed this I hope it answers some of the questions
that I’ve been getting and if you did like it please remember to like and
subscribe comment below please check out my other videos until next time

3 Comments

brothertzo

Jul 7, 2018, 11:09 pm Reply

Im grateful Trey. Thank you. Im literally living in my car figuring it out brother. Ill see you soon. Your words were inspirational and affirming. Thank you again.

Kirk Eipper

Feb 2, 2019, 8:22 pm Reply

Recently got my first Feature film placement and I'm 65 and been doing this a while. Your videos are really helpful to the new cats coming into the biz.

Manish Banerjee

Mar 3, 2019, 3:43 pm Reply

Thank you for the valuable advice, man 🙂 Really appreciate it.

Also I would like to ask you something. Is the model any different in countries like India where there are very few popular EDM Producers?

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