If you’re an artist and don’t know how to kick-start your musical career, here’s how: A mixtape is your best option.
What is a Mixtape?
A compilation of tracks recorded in any audio format. The first mixtape was released in 1960 under the name “Bootleg8 Track “, followed by 3 other mixtapes: “Super 73“, “Country Chart Toppers” and “Top Pops 1977“.
Hip Hop Mixtapes are usually released on CD’s or as Digital Download (usually free download). The quality of a mixtape is lower than that of an album’s.
Artists could compile a mixtape using popular Instrumentals or could purchase (usually lease) Beats from different producers.
Even popular artists still use mixtapes to convey a message, or to pre-release a new album.
This type of a compilation can be a good way, for any rapper, to enter the music scene with a relatively small investment.
So why not release your own mixtape?
What do I need?
First, and foremost you need to find the right instrumentals. You can search SoundClick, TuneVibe, or any other beat store out there. You will also find Free Beats. Do not hesitate to use them.
If you have a favorite producer and want to release an entire compilation in his style alone, don’t hesitate to contact him. You will surely receive a considerable discount.
I have the instrumentals. Now what?
Record your tracks.
Build your own studio at home.
You will need a microphone, a computer and recording software or if your budget will allow it, you can record everything in a professional studio.
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Even if the sound quality will be lower try to add the best possible rhymes, with a deep and profound message.
Collaboration is also important. Adding well known artists to your compilation, you can easily increase your mixtape’s audience.
Drop a video for your single.
Pick a favorite track and try to do a video. It is very important for promoting your mixtape, and yourself as an artist.
Upload your mixtape on specialized websites.
Send it to friends, record labels, blogs, or any other websites that store, showcase, and distribute compilations. (EX: datpiff, livemixtapes, crackmixtapes etc.)
Write CD’s and distribute them in your neighborhood, to friends or anyone that may be interested in your work.
It is also very important to promote it offline. (ex. open mics or live shows)