So in this digital age we have been able to do so many things ourselves that was onc the jobs of other individuals in the music industry. However, we still make blunders from time to time.
I figured, if I can find the right source to complete certain tasks then I don’t need to pay hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to others to do something. But when asking others for help in finding those resources, I have to admit, it can be tough and disappointing.
WE as indie artists, have to support each other in any way that we can. Support doesnt mean that you wont get your shine on, it’s just the exact opposite. This journey I have been on has been intereting and I made a promise to myself that I would share what i knew with others who wanted or needed it, and not shun them like some have done me.
Sharing information is caring and it’s the highest form of payment in certain industries.
So let’s talk about those bios. Honey, I’ve had to adjust mines so you will have to adjust yours too. No bio is perfect but it should not sound like the lyrics to your latest song, it should not be college essay, and it should not be the next bestselling autobiography (if you write one that’s cool but keep it separate and in the Barnes and Nobles please).
I look at artist bios alot. On their facebook pages, websites (if they have one), band pages, etc. Wherever they have a bio, I read them. I read them for a couple of reasons. To compare and contrast my own, for marketability, and for ideas of how to NOT write mines. That was until I found the best outline and explanation on how to write my bio.
Now you know who you are out there, there are many of us (I say us because we in this together even though we separate as artists-music is a family) who have those bios where there are a million links within them, broken words for EFFECT, mis-spelled words for EFFECT, emojis, smh, I have seen some very interesting bios for indie artists.
So in simple terms, it should be as simple and as catchy as your “elevator pitch”that you give for business, because let’s face it, this is business. You want to be heard and noticed you have to treat it as such.
Before you begin to write your bio, be sure you have taken an inventory of your background, accomplishments, goals, and objectives as a musician, and, once again, remember who you are writing the Bio for: A&R Reps at Record Labels, Media Contacts, Booking Agents, and Management Contacts, Booking Agents, Promoters, etc.
These professionals in the music business are busy individuals, who may deal with dozens of “wanna-be’s” every week, so make your bio informative, upbeat, and filled with useful comments, descriptions, quotes, and motivational language that can make them want to listen to your music, and help you on your musical way.
When you are ready to write your Bio use the outline in the link to keep you focused and organized.
Remember, the bio should not waste words. For a new artist 1 page is sufficient to get the job done. For more experienced artists, a page and a half to two pages should be the maximum length.
So to all my musical friends and family, I hope this bit of information helps.
Have a progressive musical day!