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Note: I, Trumpet Wom, am not participating in majority of social media any longer. All of my music business, including this website is run by me. I have no record label and can not afford an assistant.
Managing multiple accounts was untenable for me, please scroll to the F.A.Q section for answers to common questions I get regarding this.
Tagging #trumpetwom or #twom if you mention or post anything Trumpet Wom on an app I’m not on is much appreciated as it will allow people to search for me based on the tag.
Tag on socials such as Instagram, TikTok, Twitter etc. with #trumpetwom and/or #twom.
I also occasionally stream myself gaming or a show on Twitch but it is rare.
TWom Show App
This is an idea I experimented with that I have decided to do more for fun than as a serious marketing tool. There currently is only an Android version, I will do iPhone eventually. Check it out here, no sign up required.
Q: Why aren’t you on social media sites such as Instagram, TikTok or Twitter?
tl;dr – Because it wasn’t working for me or my career
Long answer –
I have been doing this particular act of Trumpet Grrrl/Trumpet Wom since 2010. Throughout this time period I have tried every marketing technique suggested to us “indie” musicians; pushing daily, timed fresh content to Insta/Twitter/FB with hashtags in tow, responding to user interactions and other peoples content, emailing my email list monthly, paid for app advertising and used outside marketing help… I could go on but suffice to say if a blog, mentor or music panel suggested it, I gave it a full throttle go.
Not only did this lead to me being completely burnt out, it didn’t do much for my career! After years of “grinding” so I could “make it” I realized all I was doing pushing out free content for likes out of fear for not doing all I could to reach this nebulous place of “making it”. I get that these sites successfully advance some musicians’ careers, I am not one of them and can accept that.
Additionally, I fundamentally disagree with many of the ethical decisions of Meta and Twitter to the degree that I would rather not participate any longer.
If circumstances change, I am open to going back on these sites however at this time it is not feasible or particularly necessary in my opinion. I am trying out a “less is more” strategy currently.
Q: Aren’t you worried you will miss opportunities not being on certain socials?
Yes, but I am more worried about living a joyless life all because I wanted to fulfill some societal goal of being popular enough. I believe in abundance and know first hand that opportunities still flow to me despite me not participating in these popular apps any longer.
Furthermore, actually doing the work on these socials has dispelled me of the notion that doing everything you are “supposed to do” will lead to the success I am looking for as a musician.
Moreover, my entire shtick is about being true to yourself, so forcing myself to do something that doesn’t align with my needs or values would be hypocritical and defeat the point of my sharing my music with others.
Why not just have an account that you don’t use but can be @’ed?
I have tried this and am incapable of completely abstaining from a social media app I am signed up for. People still message and comment and I end up having to go on the platform.
Why not get an assistant to manage your socials?
I have tried this. First off, assistants cost money. Secondly, assistants require attention, I still need to tell them what to do and create gobs of “content” which means I still am participating in these apps.
Perhaps there will be a day where my music career is generating enough income that I can offload everything to a marketing firm I can trust, today is not that day.