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I don’t think it’s an easy question to respond to.
So here’s my best guidance/advice:
1. As you are in this position what is/was your plan or intention?
2. How close are you from actioning your plan?
3. If not close what steps do you need to undertake to get closer to realising your plan?
4. What role do other people play in this, if any? They can still be your friends but the question is to what degree are they invested in the project you have together and how do you think removing yourself from it would be received?
5. Question 4 is irrelevant if it doesn’t get you closer to your goal.
6. To what extent have you identified the sorts of skills/resources (including human) that you will need to access, to get closer towards realising what you wanted to do when you decided to study?
7. If you don’t or didn’t have a plan then points 2-6 are meaningless until you have something of substance.
Balanced with all of this is being able to produce material that works in whichever part of the Commercial Music field you would like to position yourself. Do you know yet? Who are the best players in that field, identify them, work out why they are top of their domain and try and be better. And if you can’t be better then be different enough to make a distinction and/or difference. It’s easy to dismiss another rapper, DJ, singer, metal band, producer etc and not comprehend the, whilst not uniqueness, a sufficient difference to make the abstracted artistic persona/identity, tangible. At the core of all of this will always be songs and performances that have something that are reasonably difficult to replace or substitute with. At least in the beginning. When you find out who the top players are in your field, listen to their early songs, the ones that got them noticed, signed, attention and think what would that look like now as the world has moved on and become that little bit more hip to the sound.
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