Good Morning, Good Afternoon and Good Night! I am the 1 named Tyler Hotep and welcome back to my blog in TheXclusiveMag.com. Today I want to take a minute to write about an easy, relatively cheap way I came across to help get your name out as an Independent Artist and if ya hustle game is right, put some dollars in ya pocket to put back into the hustle! I got a call from my dawg the other day, a young producer, basically asking, “How do I go about getting myself or my artist on some of these tours”. Let me first say if you have the budget, paying for some of these larger shows and tours can be very helpful on the networking and exposure side of it all! A lot of these shows are well promoted so you get plenty of exposure and your getting exposed to people who are into HipHop enough to spend money on going to a show, and might not have seen or heard of you any other way. That’s who you want, fans that will support you by buying and streaming your music.
Now I’ve always felt that for the artists who don’t have that insane budget, that doing your own tour is the best way to get your name out. You can’t sit around and wait for anybody to invite you on a tour, you just can’t wait for anybody. You have to find open mics, clubs and parties and put together your own tour. Book 5-10 of these free events (some may cost 20-50 bucks), make your own flyers and posters and market the shows you’ve scheduled as your own tour. Some of these shows even give you free tickets that you can sell and keep the money. Your biggest overhead is going to be your travel which if you hustle right you can recoup the money spent by selling CDs and merch and get off some of those free tickets
Name your tour and give those who come out to see you something to remember with the merch. This is how you engage your audience and get them to come out to another event they see that your on or to another venue on your self made tour! When venues see that you have a crowd coming out to there spots eventually you can negotiate a deal for part of the door, but that’s for a later blog! Thanks for checking me out! Until… There!
– Tyler Hotep