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Demo Tips

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Solopromusic, Jan 9, 2001.

  1. Solopromusic

    Solopromusic Guest

    What does a producer look for in a demo?

    "I want to know everything that we possibly can about what's going on. I want to see a photo. Also, I want to know how the demo was recorded and what it was recorded with."

    Why is that?

    "Your demo may have the greatest sound in the world, and maybe it was done on a four-track. If so, it tells me that you really know sounds, and you worked to get the demo happening."

    What else do you need to know?

    "I also want to know what am I listening for? Do you want to be a producer? A writer? You want to be a singer? A lot of times I get a tape from someone who wants to be a singer and the singing is terrible, but the song is great. Well, did you write the song? I don't want you for a singer, but I can use the song. You must communicate. You gotta let me know what I'm listening for. the more I know, the more accurately I can make a decision."

    How should a song be set up on the demo?

    "No long intros. When I listen to a tape, I put it on, and listen for 10 or 15 seconds. If there isn't a verse starting, or something happening in the first 10 or 15 seconds of a song, forget it. I'll fast forward to the next song. I don't have time to listen to the whole song. So if the happening part of the song is two minutes into it, just start the song at the two minute point."

    What should be sent with the demo?

    * Include a photo.
    * Explain how the demo was recorded.
    * Detail the recording equipment.
    * Explain the demo's purpose (song demo, vocal demo etc.)
    * Keep the songs short.
    * Avoid long intros.
    * Start the song in its strongest section.
    * For a song demo, cast the material-indicate potential artist.
    * Name your influences.

  2. Jamielee

    Jamielee Active Member

    Dec 27, 2014
    I am trying to break into the country music scene and "every" bit of information helps. I would really like to know the same information.
  3. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Moderator (Distinguished Member) Resource Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    The post you responded to is ancient, now 14 years old, with some very dated information. No one cares what you used to record your demo with, or how you did it. Take the original post with a grain of salt.

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