How To Write Your Own Artist Bio
Why do you need a bio? What is your bio used for? Who even reads it?
This is how the story usually goes:
A journalist/blogger is getting ready to post up your new album. So they’ll visit your website and check out what you say in your bio. Most of the time they use your bio as inspiration to write the opening paragraph about you and other times they may just steal a few lines from your bio to add to their piece. The next thing they do is check out your photo gallery and grab their favorite photo of you to use for their write-up.
It’s up to you to tell your story.
Your bio allows you to do that. It gives insights into who you are, where you came from, what you have accomplished so far, and ultimately how you ended up here.
Think of your bio as a news story. If someone were to write a news story on you, what would it say?
Many artists don’t understand the importance of a great bio and impact that a great bio can make.
Your bio is often your first chance to make a great impression with those that can bring more exposure to your brand.
The more interesting your bio is, the better your chances are at getting booked for that big gig, or getting that press write up.
Your bio is for:
Booking agents and talent buyers that can book you for a show.
Writers/Bloggers/Journalists that want to write your story or interview you.
People who’ve heard about you and want to learn a little more.
A great bio can get you booked for a gig or a press opportunity; a bad bio can bore people and get you completely overlooked (no matter how good your music might be).
how should your bio be written?
You have 1-2 minutes to impress someone with words, make it count. You want to get in, make a great impression and get out. If they want to stay connected and learn more, GREAT, you’ve succeeded. They can contact you for an interview, or subscribe to your newsletter, or follow you on social media. Your bio is the gateway to all of that.
Things to include:
Your biggest accolades (ex: you received 100k plays/views/streams, sold certain # albums, opened up/toured with mainstream artist or at a widely known venue, your music was featured on a certain mainstream outlet etc.).
What you’re doing now (ex: did you just release your project? Are you gearing up to release another one? When did the project drop? Or when will it drop?).
Quotes from reputable sources and even from yourself.
Your Unique Story of how you got started in the music industry (what’s the story behind you picking up a mic and/or an instrument in the first place?).
What not to include:
Don't go into every little detail of your life. As a matter of fact, don't say anything that doesn’t directly reflect your music career (ex: we don't need to know that you played baseball in high school unless that's what inspired you to get into creating music or helped launch your music career in some way…you get the point). Simply tell your story and make it interesting or heartwarming and relatable.
Don’t use opinionated adjectives unless they’re coming from a reputable source. For instance, you don’t want to say your music is the “best” or you have a “hit” song. Let the person reading the bio formulate their own opinion. Also saying your song is a “hit” when it hasn’t hit the charts is a definite turn off to press.
You should actually have two versions of your bio:
The long version (your full bio) goes on your website (either in the BIO or ABOUT section).
The short version of your bio goes on your Press Kit/EPK, and your social media channels like Facebook, Soundcloud and Youtube which allow more than 140 characters for your bio.
Tools to help you:
I want you to take a stab at writing your own bio. To help you do this, we created a template just for you. The template includes sample bios so that you can get an idea of how a great bio is supposed to read. It also includes questions for you to answer about yourself that will help you write your own bio.