Auto-tune is like Photoshop. A skilfull producer will auto-tune your tracks so that they sound tuned to the natural ear. You may sing very close to perfect tuning live, but in the studio, a fraction off is picked up and we hear it. Do find producers or a studio you can record some demos with. In the long run, you really want to produce commercial-quality tracks to be taken seriously by labels.
And note that long before you have a label, you can get licensing deals on your own and get your songs into a film, commercial, or video games if the recordings are professional enough. Sometimes this is what brings more attention from labels and managers. On the other hand, working with producers can be expensive. If you are just starting out, see if you can find a less-experienced producer, and try to negotiate an affordable fee to start learning the ropes of singing in the studio.
It can be nerve-wracking. Here are some additional tips for singing in a studio:. A s a recording artist, you are a brand. This is different from someone working in musical theatre, for example — that performer is pursuing auditions, getting hired, playing a role already written, and has probably performed dozens of times.
You are more or less fitting a mold and doing a job for hire. For example, major labels have more clout when it comes to being able to market their acts to media companies that own radio stations across multiple markets. This affects airplay for songs in addition to opportunities to promote live shows or take part in live interviews on air. Major labels can use their clout to get favorable deals with local media outlets. For example, access to a proven act might be dependent on also giving airtime or space in print to an up-and-coming act.
This is beneficial for you if you are the up-and-coming act. Bigger budgets and broader connections also help major labels get the best deals on manufacturing, advertising, and other expenses since they do business in bulk.
If nothing else, this positions you as a serious artist. The more momentum and excitement you can build around your act, the more likely the label execs are to take notice. When I finially make it big I can tell others the best way to learn the business is from someone in the business, like you. Thanks a million. You nailed the basics in a quick, easily digestable read and really brought focus to an area which is not easy for people on the "inside" to break into I not only loved your e book but really found your little "proverbs" entertaining and funny - Ron Erak - Seattle radio consultant with Jones Radio Network.
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That was back in the early nineties. Since then I have closed three record deals for myself with absolutely no help whatsoever regarding introductions to those labels. I closed the third deal July That's right, I found out exactly what label I wanted to sign to, did a little research on who I should talk to, phoned the company cold, completely unsolicited, didn't even have a referral, and eventually closed a deal.
I did this three times! Ask yourself how you and your music are marketable and to what audiences. By simply knowing your own audience and going after a specific label will help you tremendously. Have these materials and your already made album ready when you meet with a label. Show them you are prepared and hard working. But, do not compromise your own personal values and your music to try to be popular either. Would you rather have those five seconds of fame aka a one hit wonder or a long, respectable career like the Rolling Stones?
Well, it might, but that is very, very rare! If you are willing and committed to this goal then sacrifices will have to be made along the way. Jewel lived in a car. Other bands have gone through numerous painful and hindering member changes. Some musicians struggle, taking on odd side jobs to pay rent. Passion is one thing that a label will look for.If you're trying to land a record deal, nothing works better than hitting the road, playing hundreds of gigs, and selling thousands of CDs from the trunk of your car. For songwriters without access to the internet this is often the best way to go. But, can you just walk away from your life, your job, your family, and your mortgage payment?