At 5/16/17 01:31 PM, EvilRaccoon wrote:
At 5/9/17 10:09 AM, ItsALoToss wrote:
Im working, working, WORKING... but... nothingI think we should be honest with him. Many of us have a NG's marketing agents. I hired @RealFaction, he gave me a discount at $30 a month.
Where's the secret?
Oh ha ha :P you were popular before I was, I think. But I do try to help people get more attention through my contests and newsposts sometimes every now and then. As for me, I'll give you my "origin" of popularity.
In 2008, back when the weekly Top 5 was a thing on the old Audio Portal page (god I miss that, it was glorious), in April, I released a song called "Clearing the Sky" (http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/137041) . From that point on, people started looking at my music, as crappy of a song that was. Then, Tom Fulp himself checked out my music, apparently there was a contest for Castle Crashers' soundtrack I wasn't aware of going on around that time I think?
I didn't enter the contest because I didn't know about it, but apparently Tom and friends were a song short, were looking for a song for the Necromancer boss fight. So, he asked me via email if he could use Simple Sight (http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/120136) for Castle Crashers, then my fame skyrocketed...well, not really, but the song did. People know more about the song than me, notice my youtube views you'll see what I mean.
The song itself was made under my Piercing Lazer side project I started in 2007, it was for my second album. I was 16 at the time, released the song January of that year. But then, from late 2008 to 2010, my fame also brought me a hacker, who ruined my chance to take advantage of the fame to promote my other music. Eventually people thought I was dead. 2 years later, I get my account back, find out where the hacker lives (sort of) and he's gone. But I had to really work hard to get my popularity back.
Oh one more thing, I DID occasionally enter Madness Day music contests. In 2008 I won first place with this crappy little tune which helped my popularity: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/167622 so yeah contests help.
I got it back in...i think it was around 2012 or 2013, yeah it took a while. I started doing more contests, and my Art-Inspired Music Contests (A.I.M.) funny enough, is what launched my popularity back upward, alongside me occasionally getting my music front-paged over the years. Then I started Pixel Day with pitching Tom the idea back in...2015.
I started making music in 2006, so yeah it took years. Worth it. I'm passionate about what I do. Most are not as fortunate as I have been working with Tom, but just in general, being on the site for a while and improving your skills, even entering contests like AIM to get feedback on your music to help you improve helps, and looking at online tutorial videos. It takes time to get better at anything you do.
I'm 25 now, been making music since I was 14 in 2006 on here. Eventually, once you've improved enough, you might just get your work front-paged, or do better in contests, or get noticed in the audio section in general with the "most popular" of the week list. But whatever you do, DO NOT rate your own songs 5, that will get ya avoided and "zero-bombed", getting you bad ratings. Take time to experiment, find your style, or many styles. I have like 20 different styles at least, and more, from experimenting over the years, look at my submissions, they're all over the place really.
Interact and network with these awesome musicians. the Review Request Club is a good place to go and Audio Advertisements too to get your stuff out there, and feedback, in the audio forum. Just make sure to read the very first part of the forum before making a new post to reply with. Hope all this helps!