Have you ever felt like you could be doing so much more for yourself? Well I did, and I was sick of making up all these reasons up in my head of why I did not have more music out. On Feb 8th 2019Billboard.com posted a blog named "Ariana Grande & More Artists Who Put Out Two (Or More) Albums in a Year.'
If I was not beating myself up then I would say man I cant wait until I have this many songs or my catalog reaches a set number. This is why I made my mind up at then end of 2018 to put out all new songs with a few old ones over 12 album over the course of 2019.
At the time I did all my releases through CDbaby but to cut the cost down for the year I went with Distrokid. ( https://distrokid.com/vip/seven/1128816 ) I also made the choice to use my Spire Studio as my main work tool. For me this gave me no excuse when it come to recording and I also didn't have to worry about if I didn't have any money for a release. If you released music on these two platforms then you know that CDbaby chargers per album or single and Distrokid charges by the year. This took a lot of stress off of me and I was able to focus more on the music.
Another reason why I did this is because I just wanted to rap. Everyone is a Artist or rockstar or something now days but when I watched interviews and spoke with most of them say they wish they put out more music. I knew that was something I did not want to regret when I get older. Not to mention that I read a CDbaby DIY blog and it stated that they know of an artist that put out songs years before they became popular, this gave me confidence to just drop. Also I run a label calledSuccess Needs Active People Productions and in the long run its all about how much music you own in this day of streaming.
I looked online to see if anyone had done this before and even though I think it might have happened I could find any thing to support the calm so the idea that I might be the first boosted my head a lot. You can read more about all the small things that made me want to do this in my book on the homepage "Passion Needs Commitment" by Timothy Westbrook II if you would like to get more details.
But I can tell you right now that my main driving factor was all the artist that I know in my life. Some of them work really hard on the things that they love but they refuse to put the music out as if one day the everything will be in their favor and they will just have hit after hit. This could be possible but the odds as slim if nobody know who you are and you don't have but 3 songs out with 4k in plays. You do not have to think mainstream you can just put music out and see what sticks or whatever but I think holding onto music is a big mistake so I went in.
I had a few times out of the year when I thought I was not going to make it but I did and it felt great. I ended that year with 108 new songs out which put me at a total of 170 in all making me feel like the hardest working Underground Recording Artist Alive. Might just be a me thing but hey if its never been done that is awesome. I was watching the Evolution of Hiphop on Netflix and they said that Lil Wayne was the hardest working artist of all time putting out 70 songs in one year. We all love Weezy F so this would feel like aLeBron James Passing Kobe Bryant's Record even though I am not as lit as Wayne.
Like I said If you need more info check out my book and you can get the full full story over 6 chapters and if you are looking to be the best you that you can be, get out and WORK HARD!!!!