As home studio artists, we’re used to doing stuff by ourselves.
We practice our instruments. We learn how to record and mix. We work on projects.
But generally, we’re not that good at getting other people involved in the process.
I’m no exception. I released an EP last year. All of the parts were recorded by me.
I told myself that I wasn’t going to do that again. Next time, I was going to make sure to have other people involved in the process instead of doing it all myself.
Well guess what? I have another EP coming out very soon, and guess who recorded everything again? Yep. Me.
Now, collaboration is one thing. I’m not that good at it, but I feel like I’m improving in some key areas.
But networking? That’s another ball game.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about: when I say networking, I’m talking about going to an event, mingling, talking to strangers, making small talk, and leaving with more connections than when you came in.
It’s terrifying. At least it is to me.
But oh man, it’s so important.
In many aspects of life, it’s not so much about what you know, but who you know.
Whether you’re trying to start making money on your music, get more gigs, or just get better at making your own music in your studio, networking is so important. Going out to places where you can meet real people and have real conversations can be a game changer. You never know who you’re going to meet, what you’re going to learn, or what opportunity you’re going to run across.
I recently stepped way outside of my comfort zone as far as networking goes. I actually went to a conference for bloggers called BlogJam (@blogjam2015). It was a day-long event for bloggers, and as it turns out, it was pretty fantastic.
It helps that I had a friend who went with me, but even so, I met some great people and learned lots of new things.
Most importantly, I stepped outside my comfort zone, did something new, got out of the studio, and interacted with real people.
I encourage you to do that as well. Maybe a bloggers conference is not the kind of thing you’re interested in. But maybe there’s a songwriter meetup in your area. Maybe there’s a regular jam session you can join. Maybe there’s a music conference, or even a recording conference you could take in.
Get out there and meet some people. Get involved in the community. Get to know people, and let people get to know you. You might be surprised and pleased with the results.
What do you think? Do you struggle to meet new people as well? Do you find it hard to include people in your recording process? Let me know in the comments!