The one thing every writer dreams of is having his or her song chosen and recorded. I don’t suppose there’s a feeling quite like hearing all of those things you heard in your head when you were creating that song finally come to life. I’ve had several cuts and it’s still as exciting today as it was the first time.
In order for your songs to ever be considered, you are going to have to get the song demoed. I’ve had folks ask me just how far they need to go in regards to the demo and I have a couple of ideas that might help you in creating an effective demo.
- Keep it simple – You can go overboard and make the demo too good. What do I mean by that? An artist who is in the process of looking for music will tend to stay away from over-arranged, over-produced demos. You need to understand that the artist is looking for songs that he’ll be able to make his own. When you provide a disc that has a song with big intros, key changes and huge endings, it gives the artist the notion that the song has already been done. Strip it down and make it simple.
- Make it quality – Now, understand that stripped down doesn’t mean it needs to be low quality. Instruments need to be tuned and singers need to be on pitch. If you aren’t gifted in these areas, you’ll need to spend a little money having one done. If the guitar, piano or soloist is out of tune or off pitch, no matter how good the song might be, it probably won’t make it past the first verse.
I believe these two points will up your odds in getting your song heard. if you are wondering who you can get to create demos for you for a reasonable fee, email me. I might be able to help you out there.
On a different note… Thanks to Daniel Mount for allowing me to be a guest on his blog today. The post I wrote for him will be exclusive to his site. Go check it out.