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Writing your artist bio

05 Aug 2017

Writing a bio can be tricky and many people struggle with writing about themselves. When it comes to your band or artist bio and about page, Nat Rowe tells us about a few things to keep in mind.

Your bio is an important aspect of your press kit, you can read about the importance of a press kit here. One main point when writing this is remembering who you are writing for. Your bio is used to provide information about you to a third party. This may be someone that has no prior knowledge of you, or someone wanting to know a bit more. This is where writing in the third person is recommended. As this is something that will be used and sourced by others that are looking for information on you hopefully so they can write about you. Making it easy for them to do so by writing in third person means you have a better chance of being written about. Before you sit down and write your bio below are a few questions I suggest you go through and answer first. Answering these will make it easier for you to structure your bio, also if you want to get someone else to write it for you. Collating and having the information easily at hand to provide to a publicist or writer friend will make their job easier.

Some questions to consider

  • Who are you?
    • What instruments do you use?
  • Where are you from?
  • What is your history?
    • How did you form as a band?
    • When did you first start performing?
    • Where have you performed? (notable performances)
    • Have you got any recordings (currently working on)?
  • What are your motivations?
  • What is your sound/performance style?
  • How do you describe your sound? Who are you comparable to and what are some notable elements of your work?
  • What themes do you discuss?
  • What are your artistic strengths.
  • Have you collaborated with other artists?
  • What are your driving forces and inspirations?
  • What are your future plans/projects?

  With this information, a detailed bio can be written. Pulling out the important points afterwards can then be used to create a short bio for use where needed - like on social media.   Photo by Evan Clark