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How does Music Business works? What is important to know in the music business? Is it better to go indie or to sign with the label these days? Thank you

Angie 16th July 2008 First of all you must understand that it is a business to make money so if you don't understand how your talent will translate into making money then I'd recommend playing music for the sole joy of your personal entertainment. Going with an indie is easier to break into the business as they are more open to fresh ideas, Labels like to play safe and go with what makes them more money... remember it's a business.. If you got the buzz around you and have a proven track record of selling your tracks without the big media machinery of the majors then you'll got a chance of catching the majors attention and selling yourself on your profitability. I find fans music taste changes way too often these days (unless your into country or latin) so you need to be ready to change with the flow of those consumers with expendable cash for music. Finally grow a thick skin because unless you find the right producer or agent or record company that's looking for exactly what you got... your going to hear a lot of "No thank you's"... I wish you success..

If I wrote songs with someone and then parted ways and the songs are copyrighted, should I have to sign a release form If he asks? He hired a bunch of musicians to play on the songs and paid them a fee. Since I am the co-writer, is there any reason I would want to sign a 'release form' if he asks me to? Hope that makes sense

Clifford Hritz Tuesday 04 Dec 2007 Always get a good entertaiment lawyer to review any legal document that you can't understand. Any documents that leaves you out of any potential to gain financially or in any other way is one not worth signing.

How does one evaluate a good producer and what variables should a singer look for in a producer and weed out fakes and so called wanna be producers? How does one know if a producer is legit or not?

Laurie Walls Thursday 29 Nov 2007 Check their prior work and if it is in line to what you see is the kind of product you want, then you have a match. Producers make things happen not put most of the work on you. Producer will help strengthen your weak points and help polish your craft. Don't forget the internet as a source to check on someones credentials..

DEAR SIRS, I WAS A WRITER/KEYBOARDIST FOR A BAND SIGNED WITH A LARGE LABEL A FEW YEARS AGO. I WAS PAID MY WRITERS ROYALTIES IN A TIMELY AND ACCURATE MANNER.IN 2005, THE SAME ALBUM WAS RE-RELEASED BY ANOTHER COMPANY WHO LICENSED THE RIGHTS TO REDISTRIBUTE FROM UNIVERSAL MUSIC. I JUST DISCOVERED THE RE-RELEASE. I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY WRITERS ROYALTIES FROM EITHER COMPANY. WHO SHOULD I PURSUE FOR MY ROYALTIES: THE FIRST LABEL OR THE COMPANY WHO LICENSED IT FROM THEM. YOUR KNOWLEDGE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. WARMEST REGARDS, TIM SHARPTON

TIM SHARPTON Thursday 22 Nov 2007 Whomever you registered your work with (BMI, ASACP, etc) Because they have a vested interest to get you your money as they get a little for themselves in the process.

My question is what advice would you give this 46 year old man as far as getting signed to a major label. How much "Age" is the factor in this regard for any one interested in this business. Thank You Sirs .... Steven Patrick

StevenPatrick Sunday 26 Aug 2007 The reason why youth wins over "Aged singers" is that when your young music is part of the identity we become associated with, but as we get older it becomes "Social Noise".. Not as important.. The Adult contemporary or Jazz crowd (easy listening these days) are areas I still find where age is more respected because maturity is needed to be in these areas of music. Do your homework and look at each genre of music and see who's on top, look at thier age.. this will give you a true trend of what's happening.

I have noticed that almost every singing entertainer in the business writes their own songs or is with someone who writes original songs. How do I make a cd for example as a tribute to Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard or just an assortment of great established songs that were not written by me? How do I do that without getting into copyright problems? Thanks. Joe

Joe Wednesday 23 May 2007 Anytime you make a compilation of cover tunes you have to get permission from the registered owners of these works. Look at the registered performance right organizations (BMI, ASCAP etc) visit thier websites and get the contact information for the regitered copyright owners. Expect to only get money from physical sales of the music if it makes it to the main stream distribution as you are not the copyright owner of the material. Approach it the right way and you'll avoid losing your profits to lawyers to keep you out of jail.

I have an Audio engineering questions. I would like to your opinions on using "doubles" on a track; can they be used througout the entire song, or only parts of the song? Is there a 'general rule of thumb' as to where they should be used and when they are the most effective? Also, what is your advice when it comes to harmonies. What is the "technique" used in audio engineering to make them sound 'tighter' so they don't sound like a background vocal?

Mark Healey May 20th 2007 The final product is what will dictate what, when and how much of anything you will want to use. Doubles on a track are used to thicken up a vocal track or as in Rap music give the Rap artist a harder edge. It becomes real obvious the difference when you hear a single track verses a doubled track... it's up to you or your producer to determine if that is what the track needs. Harmonies should be sweet and have that "hum" when played ala acapella... I will usually record the harmony tracks (as many as needed !!!!) and then mute out all music and lead tracks.. When I hear that sweet hum of the harmony tracks working together, then I know I got it.. Harmony tracks are TIGHT !!! any flucuation in the diferent parts leaves other parts exposed without the benifit of the other notes... No harmony !!. You can go the electronic route of course and use a harmonizer or have it done in the editing software... but there still is nothing like a true human voice.. Feel free to ask any other questions.

WHICH COMES FIRST ON THE MIX DOWN: REVERB, COMPRESSION, EQ, DELAY?

SHAFIQ SHABAZZ May 20th 2007 I have to guess that you want to use all of these effects for your project. I find there is no one great answer. Which ever combination you go will result in the after effect you applied to an effect.. I really comes down to how you want it to sound... do you want to have a compressed sound with reverbration or do you want to have a reverbed sound that is then compressed. Experiment till it meets your goal. Mistakes also bring on great suprises. Think outside of the box..

How does one make an earned living as a lyricist? Also, how can someone get their songs published?

Jimmie Lee May 20th 2007 Find a good publisher, they have great contacts to move your lyricts around the music community. Visit ASAP, BMI etc.. to see a list of Publishers and check out what they have in their song listings.

How do i find a good manager/agent?

Jason 2007-04-16 Good question.. personal recommendations from other like artist is usually a good start. But you need to work with someone that really likes what you have to offer and can see great marketablity. Here is a good link to check out .. http://www.ncopm.com. Go to thier membership page.. they have listed there all Personal managers in the entertainment buisness.. This is the National Conference Of Personal Managers... here is an excerpt about this organization.....NCOPM members abide by a code of ethics which includes: having personal management as their primary occupation; dealing honestly and fairly with their clients; not deriving personal gains at the expense of clients; treating client relationships in a confidential manner; not encouraging artists to breach existing personal management contracts; being proud of the personal management profession; and exchanging information with other NCOPM members in the best interest of their clients. Most importantly, NCOPM members never accept a fee from a client on the promise of attempting to obtain engagements for the client. Good Luck..

how do I send my Demo to a label company?and how do you know wich one is reliable?

Nathalie-joan Limon 2007-03-25 Demo submissions must always follow the format that the lable company requests them. With the internet you can pretty much look up information on submission requirements to most reputable labels as well as look up any trash on those that are not legit..

What advice do you have for singers, who want to improve there voice in singing?

Darleen 2006-12-17 Unless your family is in the music buisness, they are not the best ones to give advice, because they'll support you no matter what you sound like. Obviously you need to work with a singing coach and be around people who are very honest about how you sound. The vocal chords are muscles that need to be worked out, so if your just going to be a weekend karoke singer don't waste any money. But if you are the few who have a natural ability with perfect pitch then your ambition will be your only road block

I want to start a home recording studio.Kindly guide as to what is the cheapest or free way to do so.

Sanjeev Ghotgalkar 2006-12-05 If your looking to start a project studio to crank out some decent demos.. All you need these days is a good PC, Audio Software, Digital Audio interface, some music samples and a decent mic and you should be going.. You can even do the whole thing with used gear under $400-$500. If you make money off of this venture then you either reinvest in better gear or go to a pro-studio. The more you spend the more you have to sell in order to get a higher ROI and a feeling that you didn't waste your money.









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