• Chris Colip

3 Things to Ask Yourself Before Collaborating with Another Artist

1. Is this Mutually Beneficial?

Artists connect in a variety of ways, through social media such as Instagram and Twitter, event networking, and soon enough the Collab app. Networking is always important, as is keeping tabs on potential future partners. But before you decide to work with another artist there are several things to consider. One of them is, is this worth my time? Is working with this person going to benefit me as much as it will benefit them? If you simply want to make music and build your skill then you should work with everyone who fits the vision of your music. If you want a partnership then you should consider a few things. Firstly, exposure - is this song or project we do going to get the same amount of exposure on both of our platforms and how hard will each of us push it? Secondly, do they have potential and can you learn from this person or could you throw a little advice their way? What can you do to make sure you’re both satisfied with the experience?

2. How do Your Skills Match Up?

Everybody is an artist, everybody has a voice, but in all honestly not everyone has progressed as far or has the same amount of passion as other people. There is no shame in that but it’s important to link with people who share the same hunger, skill and passion. This takes an enormous amount of honesty with yourself. You need to know how much effort you are willing to give to this collaboration and if they will do the same. It’s very important to do your homework and make sure that when they deliver their verse it isn’t trash. It’s the same situation on the other side - if you take the time to submit a verse and the final product is a waste of time, there are few things as frustrating. At the same time it’s disrespectful not to be real with yourself on the level of other artists who simply are on another level than you. This applies not only to lyrical ability but recording quality and mixing and mastering. Link up properly and grow together.

3. Are You on the Same Page?

Is this person as hungry as you are? At the end of the day, are your goals aligned? Will you be able to help each other grow? Are you going to put the same amount of time and effort into your craft and bring out the best in each other? There are a lot of questions that you need to know the answer to before you decide to work with someone. You only learn by doing. Understanding how your work vs how you work with others is an important skill to build. At the end of the day the only way to find out the best people to collab with is experience - try out collaborations with different people and learn from each of them. To help you on this journey, we are developing Collab, a collaboration app that will be available as an iOS Beta on January 1st, 2020. Look out for the link in our newsletter announcement to be one of the first to use the app.

Collab is an upcoming app that connects you with other hip-hop, rap, and R&B artists and producers to facilitate collaborations. You can search for the specific type of artist needed for your collaboration. Or get matched by our intelligent algorithms to meet someone entirely new. Review the tracks on other artists’ profiles and, once you find someone you want to work with, chat with them using our built-in messenger. Once the Collab has been initiated, exchange files directly in the messenger until you’ve put together a finished track! 

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