I have been a songwriter for over 40 years, and I have been posting my songs on independent music websites since the late nineties. I have had the good fortune of meeting many interesting people along the way; people who share the same passion for music that I have. I’ve collaborated with some, been inspired by others, and learned what to do and not to do, in terms of social media etiquette, from countless artists who are longing to be heard. The one characteristic I’ve found to be consistent among the most successful independent artists is their willingness to promote not only their work, but the work of others as well. That is what networking is all about. If you are looking for fans, followers, and supporters, you should be willing to recipricate. Independent artists, as a community, should always be supportive of one another, no matter what level of talent you possess. We all know how difficult it is to get visits, views and listens, so we must strive to work together, and to be generous with our time and energy, whenever possible. A prime example of this train of thought is the artist who inspired this particular blog entry, Derek “da boi derinho” Damico. He has multiple sites on Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation, etc., each representing either his own individual artistic endeavors or those of the bands or projects that he is involved with. You may know him as bandleader of The Magneto Flobe or Maloa Warriors, or you may simply know him solo artist, da boi, or even personally as Derek, but however you get to know him, know this: he is your Number 1 ally. He plays the social media game, and he plays hard, but he plays fair and he follows the rules. He is the ultimate team player. For every post he makes with regards to his own material, there are a dozen more made on behalf of the artists he connects with. He always looks for the positive aspects in someone’s work and tries to build them up with positive feedback, rather than tear them down with negative criticism. Yes, perhaps he sugarcoats the truth at times, but that’s all part of the game. Leave the brutal honesty to the “so called” critics. We are the artists, and every artist needs what we have to offer each other: kindness, respect, and a brief moment of our attention. This is what we do for each other…in the true spirit of networking.
Here is my personal favorite Magneto Flobe song, which I dedicate to all independent artists across the globe…This Way Again.