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3 Mistakes I Made When Releasing My First Single

Before I continue with this article - I am so proud of Someone I Never Wanted. It was a song that I kept to myself for so long and I’m so glad I got to share it with the world.

However looking back, there were some glaring mistakes I made during the process. I wanted to share the mistakes I made for those who are thinking of releasing music or are those who are just being nosey…

Not asking for help with my music video.

The music video I made was the best I could do during a pandemic. It was inspired by Janelle Monae’s - Cold War and Radiohead’s - No Surprises (amongst others). I loved the process of making it, editing it on janky software and finally releasing it into the world.

But I really should have consulted a videographer for this process. I know NOTHING about making music videos. And granted, I learnt a lot. But rather than suffering in silence, I could have asked someone to look over my script, tell me what will work and what won’t work.

Not sending my EPK’s out earlier

I overlooked this and I really wish I hadn’t. I don’t like hassling people (especially with those impersonal messages that read: Hi [insert name], I have a new single, please stream). But I could have gotten more creative with the promotion - not just relying on social media and the generosity of a few individuals.

What I will say is Ban Summers, Queer Music Connect, Music I’m Obsessed With and The Q Reviews have all been so supportive with my first single release. Please give them a follow and support their endeavours.

Not celebrating my achievements

This is a bad habit I have. I don’t stop and reflect about what I’ve achieved. I barely acknowledge it and move onto the next thing. Granted, I will afford myself a bit of grace here as it is hard for musicians (who don’t have a label or a team behind them) to stop and reevaluate.

It’s so important though. I still have people who are discovering my music and journey. I should be proud of that.

If you want to be part of that journey too you can support me on Patreon for £1 a month. Follow me on social media (@anushaldn on all platforms) and give me a message, let’s connect!

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