The Difficulty of Having Your Art Respected

When I first began to put my music on Reverb Nation, I struggled with finding any kind of foothold or audience to listen to what I had to offer. It was incredibly depressing for me as an artist – of course I am sensitive about my material and whether people are going to enjoy it or not. Just because I create something doesn’t mean I expect it to be good so I work hard to create something that is enjoyable for everyone. When a friend encouraged me to buy Reverbnation fans, I was shocked and insulted. Buy them?!

After musing over his suggestion (once I got over the insult), I realized what he was trying to say. He was not encouraging me to replace actual fans with pay-for-fans but instead he was approaching my problem from a marketing stand point. He’s right in a way, too. Without exposure of any kind, I am going to continuously find difficult with trying to gain any traction on the platform. This way with fans that I have been bought, it offers the perception of popularity or at least that I could be a trending artist with a decent following. This can attract other people to listen as well.

So I did it. I took his advice. I bought fans and I even bought some listens while I was at it. And you know what? The tactic work. In two weeks I had double the genuine, real fans that I had previous with almost four times the amount of listens. It was awesome. I felt like I was an actual artist, finally creating something worthy of note. I was finally being given a chance at showing the world what I can create and hopefully I will continue to attract people to my music! Please, give it a chance if you come across it!

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