10 Steps to Success for Independent Music Artists 

Step #1

Realize that no one is waiting for your music. If people are going to become fans of your music, you must approach the promoting of your live shows and the promotion of your CD releases with the same planning and professionalism as the artists whom you admire have promoted their music. Marketing music has changed radically in the age of the Internet and social media. That technology has the potential to take your music to the world. But knowing that it is up to you to let the world know about your music, is an important first step to take as a responsible independent musician.

Step #2

Avoid telling people in the music business that your music is “good”. It is a much overused and weak word. A&R reps, music directors at radio stations, the music press, and buyers at distributors and stores presume you think your music is “good,” because you put it out to begin with! When they listen to it, they will decide if it is the kind of “good” music that they feel can get behind and be proud of supporting from their position of power in the music industry. And let’s face it, it is the public who will ultimately decide if your music is “good” by buying it or not. That’s not say, you shouldn’t talk up your music. But use your words; shape an elevator pitch that accurately reflects what you and your music are about.

Step #3

Use the Internet and all its tools to your advantage. Besides having your own domain name and website where you promote releases and shows, you’ll probably want a presence on the main social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But don’t over-commit your time. If you spend all day working on social media, what happens to your music? It’s better to skip some social media rather than do a poor or infrequent job of staying in touch with your fanbase. And of course, you’ll want to make access to your music easy through YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes Store, CD Baby and the like. Last, but definitely not least, build and use an email list to stay connected with your fans. Permission-based marketing using emails to your fanbase is a proven winner—these are folks who said they wanted to stay in touch!

Step #4

Thank people who help you. You might be surprised how often music reviewers, DJs at college radio stations, and club bookers don’t get thanked by artists. So, make their day by sending a card, a small thank-you gift, or simply by giving them a shout out on the tray card of your next CD. Some artists tend to feel they are owed something because of their talent. Guess what… they aren’t. Being grateful and thankful are essential qualities for success. Cultivate them and watch the doors open.

Step #5

Play gigs outside of the usual clubs that cater to your genre of music. Branch out a bit, consider gigs at schools, fairs, festivals and perhaps parks in the summertime. So many artists think that the only valid venues to play are the clubs. Look around, start noticing where you see performers playing music, and ask yourself if that venue isn’t a valid one for you. Give your fans more than one place to see you perform while finding new followers. And at every gig, be sure there is an email signup sheet. Did I mention staying in touch with fans via emails is golden?

Step #6

Listen to other kinds of music beyond your own particular genre. There is much to be learned from other styles. All music offers a vast reservoir of new melodies and rhythms to experiment with, and to incorporate into your unique sound. If the future of music promises anything, it is the ongoing mix of old and new styles coming together in profoundly new ways.

Step #7

Remember that the record labels don’t know what they are looking for, but with any luck, they will recognize it when they hear it. Work on developing your own signature sound rather than trying to shape something to please A&R people or future fans. Strive to find your own true identity through your music. And don’t feel like that once you’ve established a musical identity that it need be set in stone. Great artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young have continually reinvented their personas and music throughout their careers.

Step #8

Create great graphics. How many logos do you have in your brain right now that are recognizable symbols for legendary bands? You want to build the same kind of “brand awareness” for your music by creating a memorable logo and graphics. Make sure the logo is legible/identifiable in a wide range of sizes and that you use it everywhere your name appears: posters, flyers, press releases, letters, business cards, stationery, websites, and CD covers.

Step #9

Stop making the same foolish mistakes over and over. Insanity has been described as repeating the same habit continually while expecting a different result. As a musician you may find yourself not wanting to rehearse, yet frustrated that your musical abilities never progress. Or, as a songwriter, you may get upset when you keep backing yourself into a corner with an awkward rhyme scheme, yet find yourself continuing to use it. All of us at times get trapped in creative dead-ends, but the way out is not through repeating the same moves that got us there in the first place. Challenge yourself to find new inspirations, and develop at least one new creative technique a month.

Step #10

Don’t ever stop making music. One sure way to gain some level of success as a musician is simply to not stop being one. There is no one timetable or path to success. Most artists termed “overnight successes” are in reality years in the making. If you find yourself approaching the creative act of making music as a chore, what is the point in that? Some of the most successful musicians out there are people who simply never stopped making their own music, performing it regularly, and finding a comfortable way to go about doing the business of their music. They could not not make music. Are you that passionate? Would a part of you die without your being able to make your music? If so, just keep doing it, the rest will follow.

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
 —–Yola Dulcet —–


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Unique City Entertainment (UCE) is a Nigerian-based record label founded in 2014, corking with the aim of influencing lifestyle, global sound, and to revamp in supporting and promoting upcoming music artists. As well the label is prominently known by her debut Hip-Hop Rap Anthem “Allegiance” recorded by her affiliated members  which include Flablaiss, Tcoal, Teeborne, Samyjeff, Eldino, Kizzy and Djbrown. To Download, Listen & Share The Hit Track, Click Here

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DOWNLOAD AUDIO : Lil Dozo –  Mama |@iamLilDozo

MAMA” a song well written and composed by “Lil Dozo” to appreciate all beautiful and strong mothers across Africa for the love and support they give to their children even in tough times portraying the strength of an African mother and sure MAMA AFRICA is proud!

Produced and M&M by Mr Trust ..

“God Bless All the MAMA In The Whole World” – Lil Dozo

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Lil Dozo – MAMA Lyrics:

Verse 1

Just like 1 2 3

See my mama’s always there 

She never sleeps all day

She dey hustle for the bread

To make a nigga grow no beans I dey tell

Nine months in the belle no b well

Mama gat the biggest affection

She never let you go not to mention

And all that I can say is thank you mama

Jah gan bless u ehh

See I dy pray for my mama

I go down on ma kneels for your matter

I still bless the day you brought me to this world

You showed me me love

Say me promise to stay true to what you told me

U said just work hard and the sky’s gan be ur limit


Mama ehh

Say am singing this song for my mama

(For my mama)

See am thanking the lord for u mama

(For my mama)

Mama Africa 2x

Verse 2

See mama you’re the realest that I know

The smile on your face dey gimmi ginja for me show

Say wetin man go do

I need to be by you all the days of my life

You’re a blessing and I promise to wipe you’re tears

Even in the heavens mama have no fear

See no regets ehh ehh aii

See I dey pray for my mama

I go down down on ma kneels for your matter

I still bless the day you brought me to this world you showed me love

And me promise to stay true to what you told me

You said just work hard and the Sky’s gan be your limit

Mama ehh



Helle mama helle mama helle mama hellele mama 5x

For your struggles everyday me I promise to wipe your tears

You are my lover my best friend the one i can lean unto

My African mama so bold and so beautiful

So bold and so beautiful

Mama ehhhhh

Chorus 2x


DOWNLOAD AUDIO : Hansom Ft. Young-P – Men’atugo |@Hansom

Check out this HOT New Music by the upcoming Number one Igbo Rapper base in the  North eastern part of Nigeria. Who is popularly known by his stage name Hansom  entitled : “Menatugo” which in English Means Men Have Arrive (prod. By MSD),  featuring Yola base  Hip Hop Rap act  YoungP.

Hansom has a special ability to engage and connect with audiences as a host and emcee. With a vivacious personality and a fun, funky style that often incorporates music and free styling, audiences cannot help but get caught up in his enthusiasm… Enjoy

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DOWNLOAD MUSIC: Mauphen – The Rise (Freestyle) |@Maupheen

Boom! It’s the lyrical monopolist again, out with a hot, mind-blowing freestyle titled “The Rise!” Maupheen, the 2016 Olamide/NotjustOk #WhoYouEpp competition winner drops an appetizer, while we await his first E.P titled “The Height E.P” which he featured the likes of JesseJagz, Jumabi, BOC and a couple of Nigerian acts.

He’s out with a stylish fusion of the new school rap and the afro style. Y’all got to stay locked down and and anticipate the best of Maupheen. On his way to the top, here’s “The Rise!”.

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DOWNLOAD AUDIO: Dj Pee – Sound Empire Mix 1.0 [August Edition] |@Dj Pikado Junior

The most Influential Adamawa State disk jockey, the sound oracle Dj Pee hits his lovely fans out there with a heavy monthly mixtape powered by Sound Empire Music.

Sound Empire Mix 1.0 {August Edition} mixed by Dj Pee well known as Dj Pikado …


1. Intro **************

2. Olamide ft. Davido – Summer Body

3. Love Story ft. Lil Kesh

4. Skales ft. Lil Kesh – Gallant

5. Del B ft. Timaya & Runtown – Die For Yuh Whine

6. Kiss Daniel – Sofa

7. Korede Bello – If You Smile

8. For Life ft Runtown

9. Falz – Jeje

0. BI – Dance 2 Da Beat

1. *********

2. Dance ft. Rudeboy P-Square

3. Reekado Banks ft. Vanessa – Move

4. Ycee ft Maleek Berry – Juice

5. Davido ft. R Kelly – IF (Remix)

6. Killertunes xDavido – IF Refix

7. Wizkid ft. Chris Brown – African Bad Girl

8. Tekno – Samantha

9. Davido – Fall

0. Wizkid – Daddy Yo

1. Tekno – BE

2. Dj Pikado ft. Moflex & Young Devo – One Day

3. OC ft. Reekado – Blow

4. SkiBii ft Reekado Banks – London

5. Wale – Fine Girl ft. Davido & Olamide

6. Orezi – Cooking Pot

7. Phyno – So Far So Good

8. BI – Dance 2 Da Beat

9. Cabo Snoop – Awaa ft. Olamide

0. *****

1. Cdq – Mujo

2. Krizbeatz X Jidenna X Kendrick Lamar – Classic Man

3. May D – Koba

4. Koker – Wavy

5. Na You – Young Devo x Sunnyday

6. 9ice – Living things Remix ft. Davido

7. Dj Jimmy Jatt ft Burnaboy – Chase

8. Kcee ft. Olamide – We Go Party

9. *****

0. Sound Sultan –Jenifa

1. Base One ft. Small Doctor – Gbefun

2. Mc Galaxy – Shupe

3. Small Doctor – Penalty

4. Dre San – Ijo Ope

5. Outro ******

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DOWNLOAD GOSPEL MUSIC: Emmanuel – Bless My Life |@Emmanuelmarthins

After a successful release of his preciovios track “Yesu Nagode”, the young Nigerian gospel act  Emmanuel is out with a brand new single titled “Bless My Life” which was produced, mixed & mastered by the well North East prominent producer/gospel singer better known by Mista Trust .The talented act is set to introduce his kind of gospel music to the world with the brand-new single. Sure no doubt the  classic tune and well delivered lines of “Bless My Life” will get you dancing…ENJOY!

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Brief Bio:

Emmanuel Marthins  is a  young talented song writer and singer  from Ganye L.G.A of Adamawa State, Nigeria. His music is best described as  Afro gospel tunes. The young talent has seen many challenges and has a story to tell of God’s Goodness and favour.


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DOWNLOAD GOSPEL MUSIC: Emmanuel – Yesu Nagode|@Emmanuelmarthins

Yesu Nagode (prod. By Mista Trust) is a song from Emmanuel who loves to sing about the mind of God. His style of music  is aimed at making people appreciate the sovereignty of our Creator.

He started singing at the young age of 9years old with the children choir of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigerian (LCCN) No. 4 Kofare in Yola, and he later formed a 4 boy’s band called Dream Boiz 

Yesu Nagode which in Hausa language means Thank You Jesus,  is a passionate reflection of the Awesomeness of God and there is a beautiful blend of English and Hausa  expression of the qualities of God. This is a song of worship  that will make you realise that indeed there is no one like God and that we need to always trust Him for His faithfulness…ENJOY!

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DOWNLOAD AUDIO :Ben Khalifa – Dap (prod. Mickey Deviper) |@IamBenkhalifa

After a successful released of his Mad Over You (Runtowns Cover), the Hip Hop Artist under MM City Entertainment who is prominently known by his stage name Ben_khalifa is here again with another latest Hit Track entitled  DAP,  produced by the Jimeta well renowned producer/Rapper Mickey Deviper. The song is amazing with distinct vocal & lyrics… Enjoy

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DOWNLOAD MP3: Lazz Ft. B.I – My Girl |@Juniorlazz

LAZZ proves his unpredictable gift of flowing on all kind of beat as he puts on fire on this classy love song, he calls it ” MY GIRL” which he featured the sensational voice from the city of Gombe B.I.  The track was produced, mixed and mastered by Bauchi state most renowned name when it comes to producing excellent songs better known by CONCEPT MAN…Enjoy!

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