Every songwriter’s dream is to have their music picked up by an artist who loves the song and feels like their fans would too.
But sometimes, songwriters spend years trying to get their music in front of artists to no avail.
How does this happen? And more importantly, what could be done differently?
I’ve identified three top reasons that you might be having trouble getting your song recorded. In this post, we’ll talk through those reasons and how you can increase your chances of someone picking up a song you wrote.
Reason 1. You’re in a Rush
At BuyDemoTracks.com, we work with plenty of songwriters who have “made it.” It is entirely possible that an artist or performer will pick up one of your songs, even if it hasn’t happened yet.
However, many of our songwriters (even the most prolific ones) have numerous songs that artists haven’t picked up. And, most of them would tell you that getting the first song noticed is the hardest.
When your connections are few, your skills as a songwriter are still developing, and you haven’t got much public exposure, you will need to become a pro at deploying patience toward your writing career.
If you write because you truly love it, this should not be a problem.
Keep writing until something clicks. Keep writing until someone finds your music. Just keep writing.
It could take years for your song to get picked up. Or months. Or, maybe only weeks! If you give up tomorrow, you cannot be certain your “big break” isn’t coming next week.
See what I mean? Don’t quit too soon, and use every new lyric as a learning opportunity.
You’ve gotten a little better each time, and that skill and those long hours are all part of honing your craft.
Reason 2. The Song Needs Work
I do not personally believe in the concept of “luck.” What I do believe in, though, is the power of collaboration.
Did you know that there are quite a few songs you would not know today if someone had not come along and provided a little different twist on the music?
If you’re an evangelical Christian, you’ve almost certainly heard the song “Thank You, Lord, for Your Blessings on Me” by The Easter Brothers. This song is regarded as one of the most powerful gospel songs ever written.
And, it also has a catchy tune.
But what you may not know is that the original tune for that song was quite different from what you know today.
When that song was in its infancy, it was put to a bit different tune than the original, which really helped it to catch on like wildfire in the Southern/Bluegrass Gospel genres.
Here’s the lesson: Your song could be a co-writer or a different arrangement away from being the next big hit.
What this means is you need to cultivate a willingness to collaborate.
If you look across the Song Library here on BuyDemoTracks.com, you will find the vast majority of our songs have more than one writer.
Why? Because two heads are better than one!
Sometimes, a skilled writer can even be paired with a less skilled writer and together can make a beautiful song!
Songwriting is not a “go it alone” career or hobby. The more you work with others, the better. And they can help improve your songs.
Another way to see improvement in your songs is by attending songwriting workshops. These take place at various events all over the world.
If you’re interested in attending one, just scroll down and fill out the contact form to request more information.
Reason 3. You Haven’t Promoted the Song Well Enough
You might be the most skilled, patient writer in the world, but if you have not promoted or pitched the song to the right people, there is very little chance your song will gain the traction it needs.
What is involved with promoting the song well?
At a minimum, you need to have had a professional, studio-quality demo recorded and personally pitched the song to potential artists/managers/producers.
Of course, one criticism the music industry often receives is that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
We realize this is true, and it’s one of the reasons we started BuyDemoTracks.com. Our unique platform allows you to place your music in front of hundreds of artists all at the same time.
And with our advanced filters, your song will show up at just the right time for potential artists.
If an artist comes to our site looking for a “fast bluegrass song about being grateful or thankful,” and you just so happen to have written a song fitting that description, you will show up in that search result!
Consider listing your song with BuyDemoTracks.com to put your best foot forward on promoting your music and getting it in front of the right people.
If you’ve been at this for a while and no one has recorded your song, let me say this: Do not lose hope.
Keep writing. Persevere. Follow the steps above.
The world needs your music. We believe in you! Let us help you take your songwriting career to the next level.