Template for ideas
Read websites, articles, fanzones, Daily Mail (!) celebrity gossip, features, newspapers, tweets, social media links.
Key topics for discussion?
What is currently trending, in the music news for your genre/artists? Ideas to include?
How they became famous.
Semantic field of your genre.
What phrases/slang/genre specific terms might you use to attract your target audience?
Quite casual language, no big/complicated words.
Remember to ask ‘open questions’, although closed ones can serve a purpose too.
Top 6 tips for becoming famous.
Uses and Pleasures? (Blumler and Katz)
Will your audience be satisfied? Personal Identity, Social Interaction, Entertainment, Education?
Personal experiences and background stories.
Check your @ word count availability first.
Introduce the issue - sum up, precis what the reader is likely to learn from the article.
Headline and Standfirst.
The music industry is cut-throat and CrewCut have used their razor sharp talents, both musical and commercial to ascend to the top. Here are their top 6 tips on how to do it.
Background - Context
The article is likely to outline a brief past history of the person or event which the article concerns, so that readers are fully aware of the necessary facts and reason why the article has been written and what has led to the current state of affairs.
Jessie: Over the years we have learnt, the hard way, that using other growing artists disadvantages to your advantage is never the answer.
Veronica: Doing this temporarily gives you the upper-hand but eventually it all catches up on you and you end up with no one to support you but each other.
Discussion, Q and A or interview.
The article is likely to return to the present-day situation at this point, discussing and giving different viewpoints of the person or event, with details and examples and quotations, and making comparisons with the past or with similar topics. Though the writer’s own viewpoint maybe inferred, alternative views must be given equal weight and other voices heard.
Paragraph 2 and 3.
2. Be original but don’t be a try hard.
Veronica: In the beginning we started off doing our own thing, enjoying ourselves and making music we love, when we started getting bigger and more popular our record company started comparing us to others and trying to make us stand out above everyone else.
Jessie: Eventually everyone started to say that we were just tacky remakes of other artists, and that is when we realised that we needed to take our career into our own hands and do what we thought was best for us.
3. Don’t forget where you came from.
Veronica: On the long road to becoming famous it’s easy to forget your past and who was there for you when you needed them most.
Jessie: This is one that we didn’t forget, we cherish every person who stood by us even when our career looked like it was never going to see the light of day.
Veronica: It’s crazy to even think about forgetting our first ever supporters, our families and friends even if we have had differences since then, they are still our foundation.
Prediction - Future?
At this point the article may deal with the future developments or predicted outcome of the present situation, e.g. that a person will go on to become even more famous and successful, or that a current predicament will become worse if nothing is done about it.
4. Work with your talent and know your limits.
Jessie: For us we were lucky, we have been friends since we were little kids, we both had a passion for singing and dancing and entertaining our families with mini gigs, so we have been singing together for years so we found our sound and our limits very early in our career.
Veronica: Our parents knew from a young age we would be big, but they knew not to push us, they believed that if we really wanted it we would go for it ourselves without the pressure of them forcing us to pursue the career they thought best for us.
The article needs a neat conclusion, which may be an ironic reference or humorous comment, or an evaluation of the different viewpoints, or a reference back to the beginning of the article, or a quotation.
5. Money isn’t everything!
Veronica: Don’t come into this business purely for the money, you need a passion for making music or producing it.
Jessie: We love that we can make money from our dream jobs, but it isn’t the sole reason for us making our music. We really enjoy touring and meeting you guys, and not just for the money we make out of it.
6. Establish your genre and purpose.
Jessie: It is crucial that you know what type of music you want to make and who you want your audience to be. You can’t make classical, fancy music and swear and call out your ex because that wouldn’t be appealing to the audience.
Veronica: We had to seriously think about what type of audience we wanted to attract, we knew we wanted to go into the hip-hop/rap genre which mainly appeals to teenagers, but we had to decide if we wanted to go for struggling teenagers or just go for fun and upbeat rap.
Now Draft your article together and lay it out on the DPS so that you can see if the word count is appropriate, if it fits and how it looks on the page.