If you’re hoping for success in this industry, you might want to take part in a little musical espionage:
If you want to pitch one of your songs to a TV commercial, study the music in every commercial on TV right now and learn it all by heart.
If you want to pitch a song to films, buy the soundtracks for ten films in the genre you’re interested in.
If you want to be at the top of the charts, listen to the top 50 songs every single week. Know the charts so well that if I came to your house and woke you up in the middle of the night, you could tell me what was in the top ten that week. You might try subscribing to this Billboard Hot 100 – Top 50 Songs channel on YouTube–it will provide you with weekly updates on the top songs.
It’s not about copying — it’s about being aware
Knowing what other musicians are doing doesn’t mean you should be ripping off their material. All it means is that you’re doing your best to be completely aware of what’s already out there and, more importantly, what each industry is looking for.
Knowing that today’s action movies like including rockin’ metal songs with heavy guitar riffs is being aware. Knowing that most of the top songs on the charts have auto-tuned vocals is being aware. Once you’re aware of the trends and desires of the music industry, you can tailor your work to fit the scene.
This doesn’t mean you have to comform.
It definitely doesn’t mean you should just copy other artists.
It just means you can incorporate essential elements of today’s music into your own ideas–elements of the music that makes up the current standard for people who are making a living from making music. That’s what we all want, right? The end goal is to make music our careers. And that goal is within your grasp, but only if you keep up with the trends.
Get out there and immerse yourself in the industry you’re trying to be a part of. But you don’t have to do it all alone. You have the ability to get feedback and help from some of the industry’s top professionals. All you have to do is call Studio Pros today and get a free music project consultation from one of our professional producers for your next recording!