Jeremy G. Koeries
So you’ve composed some powerful melodies, authored some great lyrics, and now you have a few songs that you’d like to share with the world. The cost of recording has become cheaper, and these days, everybody’s doing it. So anybody could and should do it right? Just do it. Then share it on Facebook for the whole world to like. RIght? Right.
I can’t stop you from doing that. But maybe I can help you to prepare yourself before you do that.
Jumping in with “all passion and no plans” won’t get you far on the road toward excellence and longevity.
So here are 10 steps to consider when PLANNING to record – 5 in this post, and 5 in the next:
Step One: Start with the end in mind
First, decide on the kind of project it will be (album, EP, single, mixtape, etc).
This will determine the kind of TIME and MONEY you invest into it. At this stage it’s also helpful to consider whether your project needs additional administration, such as clearances for cover versions, digital or physical distribution deals, or sample clearances if your music uses them (mixtapes are usually free and therefore won’t require sample clearances) – all of these have time and money implications!
Then, taking all of the above into account, decide on a realistic DEADLINE – when you want to release your musical work.
Step Two: Understand the Recording Process
Understand the various phases involved in the recording process before you book with the studio:
SONGWRITING, ARRANGEMENT, PRODUCTION, RECORDING, EDITING, MIXING, MASTERING.
Check list questions to ask include:
– Has a more experienced songwriter heard my song and do they feel it’s ready to be recorded?
– Does my song need to be arranged (chords, intro, song structure, outro etc)
– Do I have a producer for my music, or is the engineer a capable producer?
Step Three: Studio Time
Determine both YOUR and the STUDIO’s availability (days, nights, weekends, etc)
Step Four: Your Project Plan
Draft a PROPOSED PROJECT PLAN with the DEADLINE and the DATES for booking studio time.
Step Five: Make Payment
Once you find CONSENSUS on dates and times, pay the deposit/initial cost/hourly hiring rate, so that the studio knows you’re committed and treats you as a priority.
Part two will follow next week with steps 6 through 10.
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