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    By Aaron Tian, Amir Abbassy, Confusion, Constant Gardner, Gianni Lee, and HK Covers

    In an age where your Instagram can have just as much effect on your image as your music, artists need to be proactive in many areas. As we’ve said before, music is a business like any other. A good product won’t bring you success unless you can communicate effectively with your target audience. This communication happens in every decision that you make, from the clothes you wear to the tweets you send to your music and videos.

    Thanks to the internet, artists have more power than ever to make and execute their own creative decisions. People like Tyler the Creator, Raury, and Childish Gambino are pushing the limits of what a musician can be. If you want to keep up, you need to expand your horizons beyond music. These are the things (beyond having great music) that independent artists can do to increase their chances of success.

    Amir Abbassy is Director, Music Programming at All Def Digital, manager to Freeway, Young Moe, The Narcicyst, Amaar, and Appleby, and Founder of Blame The Label a management/marketing/branding company.

    HK Covers is a designer and director who has worked with Kevin Abstract, A$AP Mob, Allan Kingdom, Shlohmo & Jeremih and many more.

    Gianni Lee is a producer and the designer/CEO of Babylon Cartel.