Singing In The Rain: How Do You Become A Singer?
Singing at the top of your lungs in shower is probably one of humanity’s favourite hobbies, no matter how out of tune you may or may not sound. We just can’t help it! Especially after watching reruns of The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice on TV. Having said that, it’s clear some people have a little bit more talent than others. If you think you belong up there with Lady Gaga or Ed Sheeran, and want to become the next superstar singing sensation, we’ve put together a handy guide with the best tips and information.
Okay, so how do you become a singer?
Alright, so as obvious as this might sound, the first step is having a good voice. No matter how good your marketing strategy is or how cool you might look, if your voice isn’t good enough people won’t want to listen to your songs. If that is the case, then there’s no hope of a singing career, so make sure your friends and family aren’t lying to you when performing in front of them!
In any case, it’s always a good idea to take some singing lessons from a professional vocal coach. This can be costly, so a cheaper options is to do some online singing courses (there are hundreds out there, so take your time!), which will help you work on your voice strength and vocal range. All that is left is practice, practice, practice!
Can I create my own singing studio at home?
Not only is it possible, you should totally do it! Creating your own singing studio, and having your own practice space, can really help you further your singing skills. For one, it will make it easier to record yourself, modify your music (but stay away from autotune!) and be able to keep a track of everything you’ve done so far. Ideally, the studio should be in a dedicated room, with carpeting some padding to the walls to help reduce the echo. A handy tip for this if you can’t afford luxury sound proofed padding is to use egg boxes – which can act as a cost effective alternative.
What sort of equipment do I need?
After you’ve found an appropriate location for your makeshift studio, the next step is buying the tools and equipment that will – hopefully – turn you into the next Adele or Phil Collins. This may feel a bit overwhelming, especially if have no idea where to start.
There are lots of guides on the internet with the best equipment recommendations for beginners such as this one from Music Repo or one from E-Home Recording Studio. Most of them will recommend you buying at least a microphone, audio interface, headphones/speakers, a recording software and lots of cables, but it all depends on what sort of music you’ll be creating: acapella, live, with instruments… just take your pick!
Is there anywhere else where I can record my songs?
If the whole create-your-own-studio idea seems a bit messy or you’re not 100% convinced yet, you can always try a studio experience, which gives you the opportunity to perform your favourite songs in a professional recording studio. No need to be nervous, either! You’ll be surrounded by expert sound engineers, technicians and producers that will provide the best tips and advice to bring your voice to the next level. You even get a CD with your favourite recorded song so you can brag in front of your friends and family!
Can I publish my music online?
Definitely! We’re really lucky to live in a time where publishing your own creative stuff – whether it’s music paintings, or books – has become super easy and, best of all, totally free! Although there are hundreds of different websites to try your luck with, our best recommendations for promoting your music are SoundCloud (probably the most famous one), Vimeo, Spotify, iTunes and Youtube. So don’t be shy and try to use as many of them as you want! The more, the merrier as they say.
Should I have my own social media?
Social media is one of the greatest tools for promoting yourself as an artist, connect with your audience and for networking. When creating your professional social media accounts don’t forget to use the same profile picture and banner for all of them, to avoid confusion, as well as putting your music profile in your bio. Social media can be very helpful when it comes to developing your singing reputation, so be sure to use it wisely! That means posting a whole variety of engaging content, not just pure self-promotion, and networking with other bigger and better artists (at a local level at first, don’t just go straight up to Madonna), event organizers and such. It’s all about increasing your reach and your audience, so tiny steps are essential!
Could I send my songs to a record label?
Now, this is the tricky part. Ultimately, if you want to become a superstar singer, you’ll need the help of the big dogs of the music industry – the record labels. Now, you might think it’s as easy as sending them every single one of your tracks and waiting for success, but you couldn’t be more wrong!
With thousands of people sending their demos every day, how could you make your own shine above the others? Well, there are a few steps that you should take into account. First of all, make sure to pick record labels that suit your style, if you’re a pop singer and send your demo to a rap music label it’s not going to work. Learn about the labels policy for sending in demos. For example, are unsolicited demos okay? What song formats are accepted? Can you call or email for a follow-up? Be sure to do the homework! Also, don’t forget to keep it short and sweet, send only your two or three best songs and a short bio. Last but not least, be persistent! Record labels get thousands of calls and emails every week, so getting a label to notice you will be hard. Don’t be disheartened when you get – as you inevitably will do – a knock back. After all, it doesn’t matter how many no’s you get, you only need one yes!
And there you have it, everyone. A beginner’s guide to become the next X Factor sensation. Just remember to take care of your vocal cords!