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Post by Miztone » Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:20 am

No forwards for this new starter yet. To be fair though, I don’t yet have a wide enough range of material - I’m working on that. I feel I’m honing in, mostly due to the advice picked up from Taxi TV and these forums - but especially from the constructive feedback received. Thanks Taxi family. This is a success story for me already as I’m definitely getting into the groove in more ways than one and my forthcoming material will help with Taxi attempts. Won’t be long…
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Post by Susanstunes » Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:01 am

Hi Graham. I definitely think you figured out the important piece of the puzzle...
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Post by melodea » Wed Jun 30, 2021 12:38 am

Keep on pushing! Even with pretty decent music and production knowledge it took me months to push the forward rate from less than 10% to above 50%. Looking back only 3 or 4 months back I'm like: phuuuuu...how could I've been so off target then! Taxi TV and the Forum is definitely the key! Good luck!

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Post by Paulie » Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:38 pm

You mentioned not having "a wide enough range of material." Don't worry about that, focus instead on writing music that you are comfortable/familiar with and good at, and that you have the proper instruments/software to create. I wasted my first two years at Taxi submitting to everything that I thought I could write, instead of focusing on what I was good at writing. Made a huge difference once I realized that. Dance with the one that brung ya', as they say. Work on making your music sound as goo as possible musically and from an engineering perspective.

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Post by nicotina » Fri Jul 02, 2021 5:25 am

I agree with Paulie: don't worry so much about breadth .Depth is more likely to get you attention. You can always branch out once you find your niche.

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Post by Casey H » Fri Jul 02, 2021 5:59 am

nicotina wrote:
Fri Jul 02, 2021 5:25 am
I agree with Paulie: don't worry so much about breadth .Depth is more likely to get you attention. You can always branch out once you find your niche.
+1

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Post by Telefunkin » Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:53 am

Just keep plugging!

Its good advice to stick to what you know, but I understand (from first-hand experience) the potential problems with that....
- you paid a lot of money to join Taxi and want to make the most of it by not missing any opportunity to submit some music on the off chance that it might get through, even if its something you've never tried before, because otherwise it could be a LONG wait for a listing to show up that happens to work for you,
- you want to learn all you can about genres/instruments/recording/arrangement/production/mixing/mastering, etc, so you need to throw yourself in and do something to feel some sense of progression, rather than wait for that ideal listing,
- you might not even know what you're good at until you've had a few goes at some different styles.

OK, having said all that, the chances are that us Brits of a certain age are not going to be hip-hop oriented for example, but there's nothing wrong with having a go at it and learning something along the way, even if its what NOT to do with the kick and bass or some production/arrangement/808 skills, or simply a new found appreciation of the style. Your efforts might not get you a forward but the process of making them will always be useful in some respect. Its just a question of expectations, and as long as you're willing to fail for the sake of the learning experience there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. You never know though, you might just be successful! :)

So, my own personal twist on what the others have said is, first find out what you're good at and what music you like making. Call that exploration your apprenticeship, and for the sake of education use the feedback from every rejection as a useful mini critique that's worth $5. When you start to find your feet with everything and get better oriented, then you can focus on whatever you feel most comfortable with, and make a ton of it before branching out. A broad range of material is fine but specialists are always in higher demand than jacks of all trades.

Good luck!
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Post by cosmicdolphin » Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:42 am

Susanstunes wrote:
Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:01 am
Knowing you can do it. Susan
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Post by cosmicdolphin » Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:48 am

I would say just keep writing to the Listings that chime with you but I'm with t'other Graham - spread your wings a bit because you never know what hitherto untried genre might hoike you in.

The stuff on your website sounds polished and broadcast ready so you're already over a major hurdle that many struggle with. I predict if you keep at it you'll get come success.

Mark

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Re: No success yet, but…

Post by Miztone » Sat Jul 03, 2021 3:34 pm

Thanks everyone. Some very helpful tips and advice, which is really appreciated.
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