The Lean Musician: An entrepreneurial guide for musicians.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with the author of “The Lean Musician,” a book about treating your band like a start-up business. After reading through the book and pulling out some of my favorite takeaways from its 98 pages, I invited the author to answer a few questions about making money, mindset, and what he thinks indie musicians can start doing differently to treat their career more like a business and not just play the same bars, clubs, and dead-end coffee shops across the country.
The book is available for $4.99 on Amazon.
Although he’s still working on getting the website up and running, more information about the author and book will soon be available at http://theleanmusician.com.
Building a local fan base is great way to have a “jumping off” point for your music. While you may have dreams of selling out Radio City, you have to start small sometimes to build up recognition on a regional level. Starting locally and then branching out to nearby cities will give you a solid touring structure to base your work from as you progress. It’s not the most “attractive” and “rock star” way of doing things, but starting with your local area to build a name for yourself is my personal recommendation for any band looking to make a sustainable career.
**First of all, I’m sorry I haven’t posted lately. Real life happened.
Networking is the best way to get ahead in “the biz.” It isn’t all about sending your music to Pitchfork and blogs to hope it gets some airplay in the corners of the internet, it’s about talking to the people who matter most in your town to help each other out and to build a core fan base you can build from in the coming months.