5 Reasons Why You Should Collaborate In Music
Making music alone is fun. You’re in charge of everything. Just let your mind be creative. However, collaborations with other independent musicians is extremely beneficial in several ways. Here’s 5 reasons why you should collaborate in music.
1. Connect With Others
It’s very rare, almost unheard of, that someone becomes successful 100% on their own. Everyone needs connections. When you know enough people and when enough people know you, good things will happen.
Collaborations are powerful for building connections. Every time you collaborate with someone new, you form a new relationship. If you give a great impression of your work, it’s highly likely that the other person will suggest you to their connections, too.
2. Learn New Things
After doing music for a long time, it can be tough to find new ideas to start a song with. You find yourself repeating the same things over and over again. Same melodies, same drum patterns, even same lyrics.
Every musician has their own way of making music. Therefore, by collaborating you can get some fresh ideas for your tunes. You can learn a great amount by working with another musician on your next track.
3. Create Something Unexpected
As I mentioned before, every musician has their own way of making music. Every musician has their own way of thinking about music.
When you combine two individual and unique minds together to create a musical piece, it can turn out pretty crazy. Even if your music styles would be very similar, it’s likely that the end result would still become something unexpected.
4. Speed Up The Process
Making music alone can sometimes be a long and dull process. You’re in charge of everything, which means you also have to do everything.
A collaboration can speed up the process greatly.
In a best case scenario, the time and work is split 50/50. Just make sure you discuss about the process in advance to make it straightforward and painless.
5. Combine Your Audiences
One plus one equals two. Two is greater than one.
Naturally, when you collaborate with another musician on a song, both of you want to promote the song you create. You’re able to combine your audiences and reach more people than you would on your own.
Also, many fans enjoy collaborations. You’re basically introducing your fans to new music. Many people find new music this way.
When you reach out to someone with an intention of collaboration, you should always remember one thing: Both of you need to benefit from the collaboration.
Don’t try to fool people into collaboration with you just because you want something out of them. If you want to increase your chances of any collaboration, ask yourself, what are you bringing to the table? What value are you giving to the person you’re trying to collaborate with?
The more value you can give, the better your chances get.
Personally, I see huge amount of value in collaborations. That’s why I have collaborated insanely much over the years.
But, I’m glad to say that many of those collaborations have been a starting point for much more, too. In fact, I have received several job offers and countless clients by collaborating and by building deeper relationships with those partners.
Collaboration is not only about creating music together. It’s about creating relationships, too.