What Musicians Can Learn From NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert has been a darling of the YouTube universe for almost ten years. The essence of Tiny Desk is putting artists in an intimate space where they can showcase their music live. NPR admits that when they first created the Tiny Desk series, they had no idea what it would turn into. Years later, it has become a staple of NPR music with videos garnering millions of views.

Here are some lessons that musicians can take away from Tiny Desk.

1. Be able to perform in a small space.

Many performers shine when they are put in front of a large crowd but become shy when there are a few people listening to their music in a more intimate setting. It is important for musicians to be able to show their talent when every element of flash is taken away.

One artist who surprised many listeners with a stripped-down style was T-Pain.

2. Showcase every type of music.

Musicians should feel free as artists to work in whichever genre they choose. A great musician can defy genres and create a unique sound. Tiny desk shows a wide variety of music, from country stars like Chris Stapleton to rappers like Gucci Mane.

Artists should follow Tiny Desk’s format and invent music that is outside of the box.

3. You can enter the annual Tiny Desk Contest.

One final reason that musicians should be excited about Tiny Desk is that they are providing a platform for exposure with their 2017 Tiny Desk Contest. This coming year, the musician who submits the best video to NPR will be chosen to perform at their office.

This is a great opportunity to gain recognition from NPR fans.

NPR has provided both a platform and proving ground for musicians to gain experience performing a stripped-down style. The genre blending creates more opportunities for eclectic artists to gain an audience. Musicians should submit their best tracks to Tiny Desk and eventually play a set to high acclaim.

Interested in getting your YouTube video discovered by masses of targeted fans? Click this link: www.promolta.com

Will Randick is a blogger and educator working out of the Bay Area.

Leave a Comment