How 1 Teen Started Her Indie Music Career | 03/06/2016

You guys, Abbiee is guest posting today and SHE IS LIKE THE COOLEST BEING EVER. Just seriously. Check out her post and website and music a...

You guys, Abbiee is guest posting today and SHE IS LIKE THE COOLEST BEING EVER. Just seriously. Check out her post and website and music and gah she's great. ~Sophia


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Well hello there! I’m Abbiee, from abbieemusicblog.com and I want to start off by profusely thanking Sophia for having me guest post on her awesome blog today! I’m a big fan of The Teentrepreneur and the fantastic and inspiring work Sophia does here. So, needless to say, I’M EXCITED. Let’s get started!

HOW I BEGAN MY INDIE MUSIC CAREER

First, let’s talk about the word intimidation. These five simple syllables might cause one to imagine the sound of chains and a pit bull barking ferociously in a dark alley. Or, if you’re a teenager self-publishing your music for the first time on the internet, you might imagine the feeling of a wireless mouse clutched tightly in your slightly sweaty palm as you send your newest track to your music distributor for publication.

But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?






Once upon a time, there was me – a four year old version of me, that is, and no I did not have awesome hair like I do now. I loved to play around on the piano and sometimes even did so with underwear on my head. (Please don’t ask why. I was expressing myself, or something. There – a PC answer for you.) Music was something I always wanted to be involved in.

When I was thirteen-ish, I started writing songs. My main inspiration was anything happy, cheerful, and/or Owl City. I knew I wanted to produce a record one day, but the thought of this scared me. I wasn’t good at singing, my mouth was filled with braces, and I had no idea how to enter the music world. So I started a blog, continued writing songs, and sang karaoke whenever I could.

Sometime between thirteen and seventeen, I had a realization. I don’t know when it started or where it came from, but I suddenly knew that I had to take ownership of my music and infect the world with it however I could. This mattered to me because I started to understand the truth – one piece at a time, yes – but still. Truth. I started writing about things that really mattered to me. Things that made me cry. Things that made me scream for joy. Things that made me fist my hands and say, “Someone should do something about that!” I started writing with passion.

In the spring of 2015, I decided that it was time to make an album. I already had the beginnings of one. I continued writing, sculpting, and polishing my songs until they were ready to record. I strengthened my voice by singing more often, stepped out of my comfort zone by performing for friends and family, and finally showed up at the recording studio.



Okay can I just stop for a minute to FGHFLDSKJ about how COOL it is to hang out in a recording studio? Though I don’t spend as much time there as I would like to (because, er, money) I would still call it my second home. I work with my sound engineer/mixer Ryan to put together my tracks exactly how I want them to sound. (And trust me – this process is much trickier/more GRUELING than it sounds!) When a song is finished, I upload it to TuneCore Publishing (my online music distributor) and they send it to stores like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more for review before it goes live!

I wait impatiently whilst running around like a decapitated chicken and stuffing my face with chocolate and ice cream (preferably at the same time.) 24-48 hours later, my song is now live all over the internet! This is the part where I have to shout-out to my amazing dad who has supported me and helped make my dreams possible since day one. He’s my official manager – he keeps me focused on what’s important and I do the same to him. In other words, we make a good team! (Despite the wayward hissy fit. Hey, don’t look at me! Haha.)

My whole family is super supportive of me and my musical endeavors. I’m eternally grateful to them for putting up with my insane bursts of creativity/the result of no bursts of creativity. With the help of a (far more technologically advanced) friend, I was able to create abbiee.com – my internet home base, where all my music, videos, lyrics, and other goodies are available in one pretty place. It was a big project to build this website – but in the end, it was worth the effort!

So let’s go back to that word intimidating. Because I have the tendency to make my life sound perfectly put-together and aesthetically pleasing when it’s not. I get scared – A LOT. Some days, I just want to pull the covers over my head and not tackle my life head-on. I get intimidated. The music world is a very frightening place – but with Jesus holding my hand, I know I have nothing to fear.

I’m just a beginner, but I’m okay with that. I know that I have a ton of exciting things to look forward to. Not all of them will be fun or comfortable, but they will help me to grow. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. My goal is to release an album in autumn of 2016 (um that’s THIS YEAR! yikes!) The album doesn’t have a name yet. But I’m thinking. ;)

If you’re interested in joining me on this crazy adventure, check out my blog and follow along to stay updated! (Also there will probably be free waffles. Just so you know.)


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6 comments

  1. SOPHIA GJHFDKGJH THIS LOOKS SO GREAT THANK YOU AGAIN FOR HAVING ME LIKE GAAAAH NO I THINK YOU'RE THE MOST AMAZING BEING OKAY ♥

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    1. ABBIEE HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE READING YOUR COMMENTS?!?!?!

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  2. Abbie is seriously the coolest! I've actually been wanting to hear this story for a while, how you started doing music and publishing your own work. IT'S SO COOL ABBIE YOU'RE AWESOME.

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    1. I'm so glad you've now gotten a chance to hear her story!!

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