How DJ/Producers can stay busy during lockdown
Since gigging is out of the question, here are 8 ways DJs/Producers can stay busy during lockdown.
To all you Producers/DJs, just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t get creative, productive and make some money.
Sure, your biggest source of income has fallen away, which is why you should focus on putting mechanisms in place that can keep you busy and make you money in the long run.
Here are eight suggestions on how to stay busy and maybe even make some money during lockdown:
Get creative in the studio.
Whether that means producing new music or uploading a mix, you have all the time in the world to get creative and… create!
No more busy tour schedule or day job to keep you from further perfecting your craft, be it as a producer or DJ.
Build your brand.
Yes, you are a brand!
We live in a time where fans want artists to be accessible.
Just because you’re not gigging doesn’t mean your Website, Facebook/Instagram/Twitter page and YouTube channel has to be dormant.
Dig in the archives and hit fans with a hearty dose of nostalgia and post vlogs of funny/real experiences you are having- fans love seeing artists in ‘human mode.’
It’s called SOCIAL media, after all.
This is a growing trend in the age of isolation.
Livestreaming sets from your home makes listeners feel like they are being treated to a one-on-one show while simultaneously watching it with fellow fans all in the same boat.
Not only is it a great way to build content, it’s a way to really connect with your listeners.
Uploading it to your various channels also creates traction which is a step towards monetization.
Producers, make sample packs
A creative way to make use of your skills while making money is by creating and selling samples/sample packs.
Make customized drum kits, synth samples, as well as presets packs for VSTs like Serum, Massive, Sylenth and many more and sell them on your website or through sample libraries like Splice Sounds or ADSR Sounds.
So much room for activities…
Offer mixing and mastering services
The final (and most vital step) before you even think of releasing your track is mixing and mastering.
Artists pay tons of money to book high-end studios, which is a bank-breaker for artists on a tight budget.
If you have an ear for balancing a mix and making it the best version it can be, offer your services at a more affordable price granted you have the skill and equipment needed.
Sell online courses and tutorials
Remember, you’re not the only one stuck at home.
Everyone is looking for a project to keep busy with, you could be that project.
Besides one-on-one lessons, you can generate passive income by selling pre-recorded online courses and tutorials.
Write music for Freelancing websites
There are people out there that need music for their short films, apps or games, etc.
Make use of Patreon
Patreon is a membership platforms creators use to run a subscription content service.
It’s like a secret fans club that gives subscribers access to exclusive content other fans don’t have access to.
You can post anything from behind the scenes videos to customized music. Who doesn’t like to feel special?
We know it is tough right now but these activities will help you stay busy during lockdown (and potentially earn you some cash!)