Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 21 and was recently followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For the Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.
Being an independent musician is difficult, and when compared to the corporate music-making machine, it can seem like a downright Sisyphean struggle. To ensure artistic and financial success, one must put forth great effort, and even then the odds are still stacked against you.
Please note: I don't do these articles because I care personally about you or your music -- I do them because I'm a music fan in general, and I grow increasingly frustrated with seeing independent artists I follow do stuff the wrong way repeatedly. I'm still learning the game myself, but I've figured out a few important things along my journey. Maybe they will be of some use to you as well.More »