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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 The Music business works as any other business works, basically the harder you work the more benefits you will reap from your work. but there is a small difference to the music business that is not found in most businesses, "WHO YOU KNOW", if you have a good connect well the rest is easy. well its always better to go INDIE in these days and time meaning with so much on line sells and out of the trunk sells, you're probably make more as an indie, basically the majors are for those artist who no longer can control or deliver the amount of units that are being requested.

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 Basically brother, he is tring to "STIFF" you, DON'T!, I repeat, DON'T! sign shit. Any money he makes off does songs 50% belongs to you, UNLESS, you sign a release form, so if you don't want to be compensated for your work or you just want to release yourself from him and everything else, then SIGN it, but if you are like must of us in this Music Industry thing "Money is what this is all about", so do not SIGN. Good luck!

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 is there an answer to that question, i do not know. the question is how does a producer weed out wanna be singers? there so many singers out there who can not except criticism or direction musically from no one but themselves and in the industry they will never make it. Yes theres alot of so called producers out there but as a singer the only thing that you should be focus on is, the BEAT if its something you can write to and use then theres your judging marker if not then move on. this is not personall its business so as long as we judge with that stick the emotions and alttitudes will be removed and money can be made.

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 THE BEST ADVICE I OR ANYONE ELSE CAN GIVE YOU AT THIS MOMENT IS, SEEK A LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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 This music thing that we are in is all about stlye, look as well as AGE. A 46 year old, looking to start a career is not an automatic turn off, but the talent must have a super,super voice, a perfect body and a young personality. You have your soulful genre of music, where age is a plus, you bring expericence to your lyrics and that makes for soulful music. But no matter the age or genre you like, it all comes down to how much time and energy and of course who you know that will put you on the top. GOOD LUCK OLD MAN(lol)...

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 Basically you answered your own question, its mathematically impossible to do so, unless you're doing it for your own listening pleasure, but if you'll tring to put it out for sale its copyright infringement. SORRY!

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 I being an audio engineer can give a sound advice on this one. First using doubles can be a good thing as well as a bad thing. GOOD THING: there useful if the artist is unable to double there own verses/choruses, or adding power to the verse/chorus; BAD THING: its a lot of work eq'ing the same take twice to try to make them sound differnt instead of "doubled", they make the artist lazy, a good artist will 9 out of 10times want to double themselves cause they know the beauty that it brings to the track and the richness of the sound, this also applies to the harmonies, the more you stack them the better and richer the sound. Far as placement of them well that's another story, hey I got time lets get into it. HARMONIES: 11 tracks of harmonies, each track performed at a differnt octave, 2tracks panned -100 and +100; 2tracks panned -45 and +45; 2tracks panned -33 and +33; 2tracks panned at -15 and +15; 2tracks panned -7 and +7; 2tracks panned centered and the last one use a double track for the centered tracks. Mix down accordling and there's your rich, thick and powerful harmony that will stick out far beyond the background vocals. Feel free to hit me up at my email for more info.

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

SHAFIQ SHABAZZ May 20th 2007 Typically in audio engineering compression comes first, second equalization, thirdly delay and last but not least we add reverb. Compress the audio first to stabilize the entire audio waveform Equalize the audio second to rebuild it harmonically with its proper frequencies and bandwidth. With compression and equalization its best to place these two dynamic processors on the individual tracks as inserts. Unlike delay and reverb which we use via a bus or a aux send.

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

Jimmie Lee May 20th 2007 This is the million dollar question! There's so much that can be said about the above mentioned questions, but if you're really serious about this topic I suggest you visit Barnes and Nobles Bookstore and purchase as many books as possible on the subject and then once you have a better understanding of it yourself, contact a free music lawyer for more info and that will prevent you from getting a lot of whacked out truths that may cause you a lawsuit down the road. One book I will personally suggest that will cover this subject down to the nitty gritty is: "All you need to know about the Music Industry", by ?, look up the title and you're find it. Its a yellow cover bk., So if you're serious, this is the most professional way about receiving knowledge of this importance without getting in trouble down the line cause someone LIED to YOU.

How do i find a good manager/agent?

Jason 2007-04-16 The question of the year. WOW! Basically finding a good manager/agent is like finding a good lawyer, a lot of questions about the particular individual to his/her clients, past as well as present. Does he/her has a big clientel where he/her might not have the time and energy to dedicate to your new and small career. Does he relate well with other, which is the most important of them all, what is his/her qualifications. Is he/her new to this thing as well, which may not be a bad thing, he/her might be as hungry as you are to get you heard and signed. Basically take your time ask, ask, ask, and ask more questions and be patient, "EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS ISN'T GOLD".

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 Most labels today do not accept demos just out of the blue. The best way to send a demo to a label would be thru an reliable manager or better yet an entertainment lawyer with good creditials and PRAYER. Just remember major as well as minor labels receive thousands of demos daily, make sure that yours stand out, no writing on the cd, nice clear letterings, pictures, and the music most be tight. Good luck and I hope that I have answered your question.

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

Darleen 2006-12-17 Basically practise makes perfect and perfect makes money. Your voice is the key for all singers and performers, so you must take care of your investment everyday and at every giving moment, which includes non drinking, non smoking, not screaming at others, covering neck during bad weather, and like I said up top constantly practising your craft and getting professional assistant as well. All these things and a lot more will improve your singing abilities. GOOD LUCK

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 With everything in life that we like and love there's nothing free. So lets deal with cheapest and I'm only assuming that cheapest is not referring to quality. First thing first is we're going to have to purchase a cpu($1500), protools($250), reason production suite($399), monitors($650), a host of plug-ins my favorite "waves diamond bundle"($2600), a small 2 or 4 channel mixer($299) and doing that which we audio engineers love doing and that is making music sound GREAT(PRICELESS).









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