Social media is an amazing tool in helping you get your music out there to new listeners – especially live streaming that music. It gives a new audience the opportunity to not only hear you, but see you as a performer. Here are some ways to live stream your music successfully!
According to statistics, more than half of the US population has a streaming service subscription. At 62%, this makes it a good reason to acknowledge the role live-streaming plays in home entertainment. It draws consumers closer to their favorite creative artists and somewhat solidifies their brand presence. So, if you’re a budding musician interested in live streaming your music, you may find these tips helpful.
- Set up an acoustic room
Good music is made in an acoustic room because of the influence of sound waves on different surfaces. The interaction between these two can enhance your music or make it sound hollow and uninteresting. While you may not have access to a studio right now, you can make some changes to your room to enhance its acoustic features. The objective is to limit external sounds from reaching that specific room you’re using for live music streaming.
One way to do this is to line your walls with sound-proof foam. Again, you can install a door sweep to cover up the space underneath it. These rubber loops fit in the usual spaces under a door to block out background noise. However, if these seem too cumbersome, there are some other simple solutions. For example, instead of buying sound-proof foam, thick curtains can do the job. You can also consider lining your wall with a large bookshelf. The thicker the material, the more sound waves it can absorb without creating an echo. As long as you can block out noise from the outside, you are good to go.
- Ensure your internet connection is strong and reliable
Without internet service, it may be impossible to live stream your music. This is why one of the first things you need to do is ensure that your connectivity is excellent. Choosing the best internet providers can save your online performance. If you can afford it, always have a backup provider in the unlikely event that one fails on the day.
- Invest in basic live streaming tools
Live streaming is not the same as a recorded session. Therefore, it is crucial to get it right the first time around. The last thing you want is to lose your audience before your streaming ends. That can be discouraging and ultimately can become a motivation killer. If your streaming location is home, it is recommended to take measures to appear a bit more professional. It includes getting a decent microphone you have tested and used at least four times. Microphones tend to have an uncanny behavior of giving up when you need them most. If it’s battery-powered, ensure to get some new ones. While some people can invest in an external webcam, a smartphone with a high-definition camera works fine.
Last but not least, check your lighting and any other equipment needed on the day. If you have already chosen a live streaming platform (Twitch, Facebook, etc.), it’s recommended to announce it at least two days earlier. Another reminder on the day, about an hour before you go live, is also advisable.