In the African Music Industry, the artist remains the player and the industry its playground. An artist who’s on the journey to success must take note of mistakes to avoid as an Independent Artist.

In all professions, there are always do’s and don’ts, the rules of the game are set and the players play to it whichever way they want. The ability to stay disciplined and consistent on the dos while avoiding the don’ts will determine the success of the player.

Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid as an Independent Artist in 2024

  1. No Promotion.

As an emerging artist, your entire soul and well being should hate the thought of putting out a song or project without promotional plans in place. it’s simply a waste of time, energy and resources. Come to think of it, more than 50,000 songs are released daily and you don’t want to promote them? nah.

Regardless of how tight your budget is, always have a promotional plan set for your release.

  1. Let’s manage it like that.

This isn’t 1981 bro, you can’t afford to put out subpar music, thinking it will blow up. News flash, it won’t. For no reason, should you put out a song that’s not well recorded, mixed and mastered.ย  Every single one must be top quality. That is the way to get ahead in the competitive music market.

  1. One man Mopol.

This absurd belief has killed more dreams than self-doubt. It’s sad when emerging artist is trying to do everything by themselves. How far do you think you can go with that? truth is, you can’t go far.

As an independent artist, The essence of having a team can not be over emphasized. Take your time, and get a team. One man Mopol or “Do it Yourself” mindset won’t take you as far as you want.

  1. Irregular Use of Social Media.

In case you don’t know, social media is the big uncle of music now. Music isn’t wholly distributed and connected to fans without the use and support of social media.

Avoid the mistake of not using your social media regularly. if it’s too much of a hassle, get a social media manager. But if you’re tight on budget, then you’ll have to create a schedule that works in your favour.

  1. Not Collaborating.

“I just want to do my thing you know… just be in my own space” the emerging artiste says. This is understandable because creatives connect and get inspired in different forms but not collaborating with others will limit your outreach and speed of growth in this new era. The synergy and inspiration that comes from working with others, the introduction to a new audience and the ROI are too attractive to be ignored. Collaborate!

  1. Avoid Freebies.

Freebies won’t take you anywhere. As an emerging artist, erase the mindset that people will help you for FREE. success doesn’t work that way.

Pay for what you want. People didn’t get to the top by handouts. They worked and paid for things.

  1. No source of income.

The concept of bills and balance can not be cheated. You can only focus on your passion (music) when you’ve your basic needs and bills sorted.

Ensure you have a source of income to sort you out while your music is yet to start paying.

  1. Avoid Record labels.

There are enough bad stories to justify calling some record labels devilish,ย  it is a known fact that most record labels don’t uphold their end of the bargain and usually propose deals that will only suit them.

If it is a must you sign a deal with a record label, be open-minded and get a sound lawyer before you sign to avoid stories.

  1. A beautiful studio equals Quality jobs.

This is as wrong as it could be. As an emerging artist, always understand that the producer is what completes the studio, not the other way around.

A skilled producer with a well-equipped studio equals Quality jobs.

  1. Wrong Music Distribution.

Last but not least is not choosing a suitable music distribution platform. When you take time as an artist to write, create and record songs, it’s only fitting for you to distribute them the right way. As an independent artist, you need a music distributor that is actually focused on the crafts and development of indie artists i.e Boomkit

Aside from giving you 100% FREE music to all major streaming platforms globally, Boomkit also gives you access to growth tools for the proper development of your career as an independent artist.

For the best Music Distribution and marketing, choose Boomkit. Free music distribution and you get to keep 100% of your earned royalty and music rights.

Boomkit music distribution for independent artists


written by Daniel Scott Eleh ย .socials: @_daniellscott



  1. How else should I promote my three songs: AGADAH, TURN BACK YAHWEH, and HOLY SPIRIT, in order to grow audience nd patronage? I need to be earning revenue by now. Tnks.

    • Okay thanks for all
      But I want something which is that I want local bank account to be added to where we are suppose to add fund to our boomkit account

  2. Tell me what I should do for my three songs: AGABAH, TURN BACK YAHWEH, ND HOLY SPIRIT, to blow nd earn me bumper harvest. Tnks.

    • THIS IS INTERESTING…… BOOMKIT is actually the best promoter of all kind of music…
      Pls. My fellow Artists should Search my music album on Audiomack- Am feeling blessed Mr Mike. Also on YouTube- INVISIBLE GOD BY MIKE AHMED

  3. ALEX SIR THANKSBFOR GUIDING ..YES I MUST HAVE GOOD SINCERE DISTRIBUTOR SINCE I HAVE LOST MOBEYS WITH BIG BIG NAME FISTIBUTION COMPn.After Subscribing They ignore and or Ask again again to subscribe or upgrade to sell my music .

  4. Livinus mishark ukoro Reply

    Thank you. Your advice is great and helpful.
    How can I get my music on some social media and earn small as a young artist that I am.

  5. Peace Maker Reply

    Thanks for your guide but the problem is that I have been trying to upload my music but I’m unable to do it and I don’t know what to do

  6. Charles Raymond Reply

    Insightful and phenomenal for every artiste that craves fro growth through their crafts. Thanks a bunch

  7. Smartboy Oghale Reply

    Thank you so much for the advice I really appreciate…. I learned a lot from this. I’ll do my best.

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    My first track God’s beauty
    Was distributed to 57 stores
    And am about to distribute a new one which have paid for it
    But dey issue is
    How to make it go far
    Like I have 5 tracks on ground now to upload so I need more touch on how to make my songs go far and earn more revenue


    Group A
    1 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎIvory Coast (hosts)
    2 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌNigeria
    3 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถEquatorial Guinea
    4 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ผGuinea-Bissau

    Group B
    1 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌEgypt
    2 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญGhana
    3 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ปCape Verde
    4 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟMozambique

    Group C
    1 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณSenegal (holders)
    2 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒCameroon
    3 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณGuinea
    4 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒGambia

    Group D
    1 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟAlgeria
    2 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซBurkina Faso
    3 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ทMauritania
    4 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ดAngola

    Group E
    1 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณTunisia
    2 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑMali
    3 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆSouth Africa
    4 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆNamibia

    Group F
    1 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆMorocco
    2 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉCongo DR
    3 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒZambia
    4 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟTanzania

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