How Organization and Cleanliness Can Help Propel Your Music Career

It probably won’t come as a surprise that the average musician only earns 6% from sound recordings. Of the other streams of revenue noted, 28% comes from touring and live performances and 19% comes as an employee of a symphony, band or ensemble. So, on top of being a great artist, you’ll likely have to wear a lot of hats and employ a lot of great skills. If you’re going to be successful in the music industry, and especially as a recording artist, you’ll want to learn the importance of keeping your workspace and your instruments clean.

The Domino Effect of Organization

The author of the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up once noted that “From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change.” As a struggling musician, this can make or break your career as you work to establish yourself and the confidence you exude as an artist. If yourself in a creative rut, start with cleaning and organizing your physical life. As well, a tidy workspace to record in can increase your creativity, efficiency and attention span, with certain studies noting that staying organized at work can increase your productivity. Cleaning your workspace, therefore, means you’ll be able to spend more time clearly focused on the task at hand, which is making the best music you can possibly make. That sounds like a pretty great trade-off for a little bit of preparation and tidying up.

Cleaning Your Instruments

If you worked as a graphic designer, you wouldn’t just let your precious laptop or desktop computer accrue dust, grime and oil, would you? No. So, why would you treat your instruments and differently? As the life force behind your passion, you’ll want to ensure you’re routinely cleaning your instruments to prevent any damage and also safely cleaning your workspace to promote a healthy environment to work in. It’s recommended that you clean the floors and recording spaces with all-natural products to reduce the harmful effects they have on the environment as well as the allergic effects they might have on the people joining you in the studio. In regards to cleaning your instruments, it will depend on the actual instrument at hand. It’s always best to check with the brand first to see if they have any specific cleaning guides that will allow you to get optimum sound and long-term use out of the instrument.

What Makes a Great Recording Artist?

Musical talent and years of experience are only part of being a well-respected and successful recording artist. Other notable skills that industry professionals like in their artists range from reliability and flexibility to motivation, determination and stamina to continue recording into the wee hours of the night. What’s not generally talked about, however, is the ability to stay organized. Someone who is tidy in the studio and presents themselves and the instruments they work with in a respectable manner will subsequently be perceived as respectable and professional. So, to kickstart your music career, start cleaning today. Get organized, craft a superb workspace, and you’ll be on your way to laying down tracks with the greats in no time.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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