With the music industry more saturated than ever, there’s no longer a clear-cut path to gaining visibility, let alone securing lasting success. While many emerging artists focus on collecting Instagram followers and building a fiercely loyal fan base on YouTube, others still emphasise the importance of building connections IRL, taking on tough crowds busking in the streets and solidifying basic skill sets at school and uni. Meanwhile, innovators are constantly thinking new ways to craft and perfect unique sonic identities – from intricate new production software programmes, to companies like aclamguitars.com providing an extensive variety of high-quality custom pedal boards.
But between studying your own social media reach and finding the best place to buy guitar effects pedals, we can all agree that too much advice can be overwhelming – especially when it comes from those of us who’ll only crack out a tone-deaf tune in the shower or at Christmas karaoke (Wonderland HQ: guilty) – so we’ve compiled a list of the very best, from artists who’ve carved out undeniably iconic legacies by unapologetically following their own path. Here’s how to make it in music, according to Alex Turner, Dolly Parton, Prince, Ryan Tedder, Ciara, Freddie Mercury and Elton John. Continue reading “7 WONDERS: ICONS ON MAKING IT IN MUSIC”