Negative Reviews On Your Music: How To Deal With Them
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Once you put your music out there for people to listen, what comes with it is the feedback you get from the audience. This can be quite the encouraging situation, but sometimes, especially if you just started, this can get a bit uncomfortable. What happens when all of a sudden your song, EP or album gets negative reviews?
What happens when people don’t like it as much as you expected to. You put your heart and soul into this and as hard as it is, you have to always be prepared for someone not to be that content with your product. And that’s okay. The way you deal with the negative reviews of your music can have a great impact on your career in the future. And everyone that is involved in the music industry is dealing with negative reviews, at some point there’s more of them, at some point there is less of them, but they are there.
Everyone has a different taste in music
You should always keep this in mind. What appears to be good for one ear might not be good for the other. No matter who you got the negative feedback from, remember that music is a subjective experience for everyone, both the makers and the listeners. It doesn’t have to mean that the side that gave you a bad review is always right, but you should take negative responses into consideration as equally as you take the positive ones. This will bring you closer to the real picture.
When you see a negative review with a constructive criticism – appreciate it
Constructive criticism is a good thing. It means that someone put an effort to explain why they feel the way they feel about your final product. So give it a good look and see where they’re coming from with that they’re saying. There might be some things worth a second thought after all, and they might be right. If someone has a good critic to give towards some certain element of your music, for example production, mastering or vocals, think about it and see if maybe you can do better than that. Admit your own mistakes if you see them and don’t get very defensive.
If things get too overwhelming and lean more towards the negative side…
Remember that you are still learning, and you are still improving. So take this as a learning experience and try to do better next time. What matters is to never lose your buzz and sparkle about what you are doing. Everything else is practice and hard work.
You can’t please everybody at the same time. Still… if you do notice that more and more people point out towards the same thing regarding to your work, then maybe you should give it a check and see if you are doing something wrong.
One important thing is to know what kind of music is the music that you are doing. What kind of audience is the audience you want to attract with it. Who is your work speaking to, where is it coming from? For example, not many people enjoy experimental music as much as they enjoy some more easy going pop music, so if you expect an average listener to give you a good feedback on what you are doing, you might be disappointed.
Keep yourself balanced on both – the objective and the subjective side of things
Yes. It does matter what the audience thinks of your music. But in situations like this it matters to think about where were you going and how much were you able to do at the time you were working on that particular piece. Don’t ever let yourself down by thinking that you didn’t do good enough. You did the best you could at that given moment. And that is exactly what you should keep doing in the future.
Don’t ever be impulsive
Keep your attitude polite. Take it easy. Never be rude to your audience for the negative review it gave you. If you have anything to say in your defense use your manners. Even if the case is that the other side didn’t.