At 1/18/13 09:30 PM, LemonCrush wrote:
Just follow the artists you like, and hope there's enough people that feel the same way about your music. Also, I think the title of the song has a part to play in the whole process. A song with a captivating title is bound to get more views.You have point here. However, some people may not get the opportunity to even find out if they like your music, because you're almost instantly buried under newer submissions.
I usually go by this philosophy: if you want something, go and get it.
There are enough people around to make a team or a small fanbase for you. If you want more union from the community, get into the fray and fight, and be prepared for the consequences. You've already made the first step and that's telling what do you think or what ideas do you have to improve your surroundings - virtual as they may be.
But you still have to understand that the only way right now to be known here is by being competitive to others while still being friendly to those who are lending your ears to your music, positively or negatively. It is not a utopian scenario, never will be, and we're surely not here to make a utopia, but rather a place to live in dynamic symbiosis.
If I had the will to get on the site 24/7, I would have already spammed all sections with links about me + replied to any single thread in every damn forum (as childish as some may be). Sounds aggressive right? Intrusive, I'd say. Then what's a better solution? Acting behind the shadows? Or slowly getting to know the people around you by helping each other, exchanging critique, ideas, collaborating... See, the engine starting the whole machine is you. You can't rely always on this invisible entity called "community". The community INCLUDES yourself. The community will be born spontaneously after you've made something. Starting from zero, which will become one and then ten, a hundred even. MGS4 teaches, yo.
If truly dream for a "bigger, stronger community" then fight for it. Fight for what you're believing it would be a better solution for everybody around. Otherwise, sorry, it's just a sterile cauldron of chit-chatting and complaining.
You know, I don't wanna sound like someone who suddenly pops out of nowhere claiming you should do things instead of just talking. Personally, I have my own fans, I have my small circle of friends, I have my acquaintances, contacts, and so on. I'm pretty nice to those who are interested in my music, I always thank them in any occasion. Likewise, even to those who wrote negatively about me, I thanked them for their opinion and time. I've built all that in a 3 and a half years time span (and even before, considering I was around the internet way prior to my NG). It's a slow process, of course it is. But I never gave up on my music, despite zero-bombings, inflammatory reviews and what-not. It's called adapting, no matter how rules seem tough to you. I think I know how to move around now.
Somebody will disagree with you, somebody will love you, somebody will hate you for no reason, somebody will even go fan crazy on you. Welcome to Earth, enjoy your stay... and while it lasts, do something useful.
PS: I might wanna add that NG isn't the only way of "creating bonds". Social networks are called that way for a reason.