Show Me Your YouTube Channel! Let's Scratch Each Others Backs

Discussion in 'Beginners/FAQ' started by Gmork, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Flappydoodle

    Flappydoodle SS.org Regular

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    Thing is, being a professional musician nowadays is ALL about your ability to promote yourself. Being a good musician isn't even close to enough. I know a couple guys, including a guitarist in a reasonably well known metal band who has an endorsement and signature model with a major guitar company. What he spends most of his day doing is all business - promotion, interviews with whatever website/magazine, finance stuff, calling up various booking agents about domestic and foreign tours etc. He told me he spends weeks without even picking up his guitar.

    And you look at loads of professional musicians in successful bands now - they have all sorts of side businesses, most of which aren't even in the industry. Some have recording studios, or do paid producing. But loads have restaurants, bars, hotels, car rental companies and other things.

    That is to say, I don't think your approach of developing your skills first is ever going to work. If you're a kid with all the time in the world, and already have the talent, it's pretty fucking difficult to then break into the market, get recognition and earn any sort of money at all. If you're old enough to have a "proper" job and responsibilities, I'd say it's nigh on impossible.


    There's a huge element of luck in there too, of course. Misha obviously is talented as a musician, but he's even better at self-promotion, branding, and he capitalised perfectly on the Internet hype, the genre of djent taking off etc. His music coincided with the explosion of the Internet as a medium for music consumption. That's not replicable any more, obviously.

    You're totally correct about the first point. Merrow has dropped off because the guy uploads 6 videos a year. The algorithm absolutely does not reward that. And going back to an earlier topic, yet again, his popular gear review videos have 5-10x the views of his own music. Funny that his "Lila" music video has 65k views 2 years ago, but the same song as a demo of the Invective 1 year later has 114k, lol.

    On the second point, you're totally right. Just to give more supporting evidence, there are 300-500 hours of video uploaded per minute. And the VAST majority of total video views on YT are from the top 1-5% of videos. It's a very steep curve with a long, long tail. Around 35% of YT videos have less than 10 views in total, which is insane given that bots alone will generate that over time.
     
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    USMarine75 Stairway to Heaven blows Contributor

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    Keep in mind I was mostly just trying to be funny [crickets]... but excellent points. There is A LOT to be said about timing. Just ask Rockefeller, JP Morgan, Vanderbilt, Zuckerberg, Cuban, etc...
     
  3. HungryGuitarStudent

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    Thanks for the perspective. It’s always appreciated to have outside opinions. To clarify, in my case, I am “old” (40) and have a good paying job that I don’t plan to leave unless music becomes viable, which it may never become, and I’m fine with that.

    My goal is not to maximize my financial gains via music, but to have musical projects in parallel. By “projects”, I mean recording my own songs and doing guest solos on other artist’s track. I already have had offers for the latter and I’m starting composing more seriously, but I’m lucid and enough of a perfectionist that I don’t want to share my stuff until it meets basic personal standards.

    Concerning the technical aspects, these are personal goals stemming partly from the fact that I sometimes feel technically limited not being able to play all the stuff that I write. I’m not saying everyone should have that approach, these are just personal choices.
     
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    You and I are basically in the same situation, save that I don't really see any plausible scenario where music DOES become a viable alternative to my day job. I like that this gives me the flexibility to do what I want musically and not worry about commercial viability, but reading this thread I think there are a lot of people here who are hoping to pursue music as a way to make a living, and think Youtube could be a way to get there. As politely as I can say this, that is not a realistic plan.
     
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    Here's another video, this time a play through of one of my band's songs! Did something different this time and actually recorded the bass properly rather than relying on the cell phone microphone.

     
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    Great tone, but what do you mean with cell phone microphone? That for previous vids you just used with cell phone microphone and blending with the track or?

    I also did a new one, this time a songwriting kinda lesson:



    Generally I have started to also render down like 30 seconds of the videos, so that I have something to post in FB groups directly and then link to the videos, which does seem like a much better way than just posting your video, also because FB algorythm really hate external link in OPs.
     
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    Exactly. Used the phone for both video and audio. It was... sub-par, as you'd expect.
     
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    I would love to be able to just sit and write and record all day. Realistically I know that isn't a viable venture for me. I'm just happy to get my music out there for someone to hear. And I hope someone gets some enjoyment out of it or I get to inspire one person at least. Making money would be awesome but for now Im just happy making music!

    That being said I just finished up this one this afternoon! I really had fun with this one! Kept it pretty simple.

     
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    Best guitar video of all time! Period!


     
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    I don't believe you and I didn't even watch the video.
     
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    Really needs more caps for proper emphasis on how magnificent it is.
     
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    BEST CAPSLOCK OF ALL TIME!!!

    WHY AM I YELLING SO MUCH

    PLEASE STOP IT

    SOMEONE HELP ME

    WHATS WRONG WITH MY KEYBOARD
     
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    gunshow86de Beef Jerky Time

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    When it is not literally the best guitar video of all time....

     
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    I want my money back.
     
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    Tbh, and take this just as constructive criticism... It could use a bit more of being the best guitar video of all time. Just pepper it in there ya know.
     
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    mlp187 Burrito Master Contributor

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    Holy hair. Ultimate dad trolling achieved. I like it.
     
  19. InCasinoOut

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    All this dude does is spam his youtube videos here, which I guess many of those posts were deleted anyway. Fastest way to get me to not watch something is to spam it.
     
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    Wait is this the dude who does videos with his mom?

    (oddly enough it's an actual thing, and no, it's not where your minds went you perverts)
     

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