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Hey what’s going on guys, it’s Darius from ArtistShortcut.com and in this video I want to talk about what to do if you don’t have a local scene in your area and you’re trying to become a hip-hop artist, or just an artist in general. This is a good thing to learn that will not only help you with developing yourself as an artist but with music promotion, music business, and possibly make money with your home recording studio if you play your cards right.
There’s a few things you can do, you can actually go to the nearest city that has a local scene. So let’s say, I’m in Cleveland, so let’s imagine if I was in a suburb like Strongsville – there’s probably not a local hip-hop scene in Strongsville. It’s just not a big enough city to even support one. So what I would do is drive the 30 minutes, or 20 minutes, or whatever, to Cleveland and participate in that local scene.
That would be what I would recommend most people to do, but if you don’t have the money, or the resources, or a vehicle, or whatever it is, to travel back in forth – I get that. A lot of people that watch my videos are hustling, they’re trying to just make enough to pay their bills. Or they’re too young and don’t even have a vehicle yet.
So what I would do is use the internet to network. I would look at everybody who’s participating in the local hip-hop scene in the community near you. It could be the same example I just used, if I’m in Strongsville maybe I’m looking at everybody that’s in that hip-hop scene in Cleveland, and then I’m following them and engaging with all of them online – on Twitter and Instagram and whatnot. When I say all of them, I don’t mean every single person that’s in the hip-hop scene. But the main thing you want to do is insert yourself into these circles without necessarily making it deliberate, or making it so obvious what you’re doing.
So really, your whole game plan should be to make friends with one person. You really only need one relationship to actually make this work. What happens is that you see who that one person you made friends with is talking to and you slowly insert yourself into those conversations.
So what I used to do is, I used to go on Twitter and I would see which influencers or important people in my city were talking and then I would make friends with one. And then when I made friends with one, let’s say they’re on Twitter, and then they mention somebody else and say something funny that I can insert myself, I put myself in that conversation, without sounding too intrusive, or like I’m just interrupting their conversation. What that does is it builds a connection. So if the person that I don’t know says, ‘Yo, who is this dude commenting on our conversation,’ or whatever, that person that I do know, that I am friends with, will be like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s my homie so-and-so, he does this or he does that, he’s cool.’ And then what that does is, over time, that puts you into those circles without actually being there. So you become the cool guy without actually having to put in the work and have to go meet everybody face-to-face.
So if you don’t have a local scene near you, that’s what I would do. I would either go to the nearest city that does have one. Or I would just use the internet method that I was just talking about.