- Devon Slimm
My names Devon Slimm im from Upstate NY 518 ADK!!! Lifes given me some trouble between my birth parents giving me up for adoption an then my adopted parents kicking me out on my 18th birthday so all ive really ever had was music. Everywhere i go i got music playin whether its off my phone, the radio, or jus in my head. Music filled the void my parents an adopted parents left me. So i decided that if i enjoy music so much an ut makes me feel better im gonna just do it myself my own way. I grew up listening to all types of music Rock, Rap, Hiphop, Pop, Country an Blues.
- Lake George NY
Hey man, thanks so much for sharing. This is decent, feeling the flow and i actually liked the space you gave to the beat in the second half to let it breathe. It ended a bit abuptly mind. I'd have liked to have heard a second verse from you, the lyrics were decent and that flow was super quick and tight. There is a bassline undercurrent that i caught every now and then which i liked a lot, i would emphasise that a little more as its a bit too hidden for my liking. The chords progressing in the background keep it moving forwards but sometimes you need a break with them, doesnt have to be too drastic but there is a danger it becomes too repetitive and therefore boring. The listener attention span is really short so you have to find that balance of rhythm and enough going on to keep them engaged. Overall decent production, not groundbreaking but fitting with the scene. Promo wise theres plenty you can do and you dont have to spend any money. Only a bit of time and energy. You want your sound to be heard, you need to be proactive and tell people about it. Research independent music blogs from around the world, target about 10-20 to start with, and find out their submission process. Have available a little bit of a bio about you as well, you dont want a writer to struggle to put words on a page. Same with online radio, tunein app you can find any station you like, even the one i used to work at is on there. Do the same thing, filter down to stations that fit your sound and find out their submission process. Ideally you should be sending at least one of your tracks to 10-20 stations as well. This and the blog submissions will give you a good start to see who / how many are willing to play / write about you. Different people use different platforms to find new music so make sure you utilise them, all the socials plus music platforms for indie artists like bandcamp. You already know this but collaboration opens up different paths and doors so i would recommend reaching out to people for production, writing or vocal partnership - a great success like this is cult classic records and thomas prime, a group of music lovers who make music together and its superb chill hip hop instrumental stuff. The ideas shared can be life changing. Plus you will learn quicker and experience more. From a live perspective, have you thought about this part yet? Ultimately it all ends there. Performing on stage in front of people. More research required here but you can be quite smart with this one. Where you are based in NY you should have plenty of opportunities at open mics and others. Get a list of venues that have live music and follow their socials. Also see who is performing there and it doesnt hurt to ask the promoter to support for free. Some of the artists i have worked with in the past made their name by getting on a support slot, doing it for free and just asking. Dont ask dont get! Anyway, plenty there to get you started, remember its a journey and all thes experiences will help you grow into a better artist and a better person. Enjoy it! Let me know how you get on. All the best. Chris