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Building a Fan Base

Let’s talk about building a fan base. If you’re an artist, this is an important factor in your career. The fans make you. They buy your records, come to your shows, buy your merchandise, etc. As a new artist, where do you start? First and foremost, you need to get out and play. Whether that’s an open mic, writers round, etc. Building a fan base takes more than just a lot of followers on social media. You need to make real life connections with real people. Not just the people commenting how cute you are or how great they think your voice is. That only goes so far. If you want people to go the extra mile, you have to get out there. If you’re playing a writers round, you should go around to all the people who showed up and introduce yourself. People like interaction. The more you interact with the people who come to your shows, or happen to stroll into the bar that you are playing at, they will be more likely to come back again. It will just continue to build, until one day the place is packed with people coming to see you perform. Another piece of advice on building an audience, COLLABORATE!!! Admit it, every artist wants to steal each others fans. The more you collaborate with other artists, the more potential fans you will gain. It doesn’t matter whether you are new or a little more establish. Working together makes things happen. Fans of other artists, if they see another artist working with one of their favorites, this will make them want to follow them. Why? Because if their favorite artist is working/playing at a show with them, if that artist likes them then they should too, right? It helps both in the long run. The point I’m trying to make is, make connections but be genuine about it. You need to get out there and play constantly. Get to know the people who come out to the shows. Go out and meet other artists to collaborate with. You’ll be surprised, how having a real connection with someone and working together helps build an audience. Thanks for reading my tips. If you have any questions or topics to discuss, comment below or shoot me a dm. xx Brittany

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