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Artist Biography Creation

Tips for writing an official artist biography.

WRITING AN OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY

Below is a template that artists can use when developing their official biography. Only answer the questions that are applicable to you but it will be helpful to keep them in the order below. Each bolded header (ex. "Basic Information about the Artist...") specifies a new paragraph in your official biography. Some instances, like on Facebook or Soundcloud, will call for a short 2-3 sentence biography, but in most cases, your longer official biography will be seen by your fans and industry professionals. 

REMEMBER

1. Do not write your biography in first person 

2. Do not make the biography about your life story

3. Do not make the biography too long; keep it to one page at the most

4. Review it several times and ask for others to read it

5. If #1-4 seem like to much work, consider outsourcing the task to a writer (try our Services HERE)

 

Basic Information about the Artist/Band Members

Who are you?
What is your stage name?
Where are you from originally?
Where were you born?
Where are you currently based?

How old were you when you left your home town?
Why did you leave your hometown?
Did you come alone or with family/friends?
Where did you move to after leaving your home town?
Where have you lived since your initial move?
When did you move to your current location?
Why did you choose to live in your current location?

Basic Information about What Motivates You

Why did you start to do music?
Why do you continue to do music?
Why do you play backup for other musicians/ why do you pursue group (band) activities and not focus on solo pursuits?
Have you had another career that wasn’t in the music industry?
Have you ever thought about having another kind of career?

Basic Information about Influences

Who is your musical idol?
Who do you look up to in the industry?
What influences your music?
Who are your musical influences?
Have you ever met or played with your musical idol(s)?
What made you start playing music?

Basic Information about Your Experience in the Music Industry

When did you start playing music?
When did you start playing music professionally?
When did you know you wanted music to be your career?
When did you know that it was actually going to be your career?
How did you get started in the music industry?
How did you break into the industry?
Who helped you get (your foot in the door) in to the industry?
Have you ever released an album?
If so, when did you release your album/albums?
How many units did it/they sell?
Have you ever been featured on other people’s albums?
If so, whose albums were they, what were they called, and when were they released?
Who have you played with?
How did you get your gigs with popular musicians?
How do you get shows?

Definition of Your Target Market

Who do you sound like?
Who buys your music?
Who do you believe would buy your music?
What is so special about you/what differentiates you from the rest of people who do what you do?
Why should people care about you and your music?

Basic Information about What You Do

What do you do/what instrument do you play?
What other instruments do you/can you play?
What genre of music do you like to perform in?
What genre(s) of music can you perform?
Do you have your own band/ensemble?
Do you write your own music?
What is your reputation in the industry?
What other roles do you play in the  industry?

Basic Information about What You Have Done

What was the highest level of formal education you received?
What events have you performed at in the past 5 years?
How many albums have you released?
What albums have you been featured on?
What tours have you played on?
Whose tours were they and how long were you on tour with them?
What big name venues have you played in?

Awards and Accomplishments

What awards have you been nominated for/won?
What awards have you won?
What newspapers, magazines, tv shows, trade papers, or blogs have you been featured in?

Activities and Service

What do you do with your free time?
What other activities are you involved in besides music?
What are your hobbies?
What community programs/groups are you involved in?
What industry associations do you belong to?

Goals in the Music Industry

What are you trying to do in the industry?
What do you want to be known for/known as?
What do you hope to get out of your involvement in the music industry?
What do you hope to get out of your career in the music industry?

Personal Description

What is your favorite quote?
What quote/sentence would you say best describes you and your music?
What kind of music do you listen to?
What are your top 6 favorite songs (of yours and others)?
How does music effect your mood?

Current Events

When is your next show?
When was your last show?
When do you practice?
How many hours per day or week do you practice?
When do you promote yourself?
What are you currently working on?