How to make a “demo”?
The word “demo” is short for the word “demo”. First of all, the demo is designed to demonstrate the potential of your song.
Ideally, the demo should be such that the listener can immediately understand whether this song will become a hit or not.
In order to show our own capabilities, we must remember that different types of songs require different arrangements. It’s impossible to know right away exactly which arrangement is best for your song.
This experience is given only with time.
Further tips are available to help you save this time …
Demo recording. What should be the demo.
Suppose you need to send a demo recorded on a CD or MC. To achieve the desired result, it is necessary to observe a number of rules, which I will give below. These rules will help you increase the chances that your demo will be heard.
Never send more than three songs unless specifically asked to do so.
People who listen to demo recordings love the mountain of sent demo recordings as quickly as possible into a stack of demo recordings that can be prepared for release, while the rest are sent to the trash can. People who are engaged in listening, as a rule, simply do not have enough time to listen to all the records sent. Therefore, if you have sent a demo with ten songs, and there is only one song for someone’s demo, then most likely you will give preference to a demo with one song recorded. Simply, there is such a psychological moment: people who listen to recordings, having seen a demo tape with one song, will immediately think that you are sure that you are sending exactly the song that they need. This is especially true when the songs are sent for a particular artist. It is unlikely that someone who listens to recordings will like the option when a demo recording with twenty songs is sent, but a note is attached to the disc: “I’m sure you will like at least one of these songs, so choose the one need ‘. No, you yourself must choose no more than three songs that you truly believe in, then you can count on success. If you still can not do it yourself, then, in their opinion, you are not quite ready.
If you still send out a disc with more than three songs recorded, select the three songs that you want the listener to pay attention to first and include the numbers of these three tracks in your cover letter and in the test test sheets. Most likely, if the listeners like these three songs, they will pay attention to the rest.
And please do not forget to remove the cellophane packaging!
Council of the second.
Your best and most commercially interesting songs should be at the beginning of the disc.
If you have a good, fast song, it’s best to start with it. Because if the listener does not like the first song, then it is quite possible that the audition will end there. And do not forget about another important point. If you are sending a cassette, you need to place all the songs on one side and be sure to mark this side.
Council of the third.
Never send your only master.
This should not be done under any circumstances, because you will never see your master again. In addition, it is not very ethical to charge the listener with responsibility for your master.
Council of the fourth.
Always rewind the tape to the beginning of the first song.
It is unlikely that you would like the person who listens to your recording to listen to it in a bad mood. But rewinding your tape will inevitably cause its irritation and waste of valuable time. Just remember that most tape decks have an automatic search function, so when you make copies, leave a pause of four seconds between songs to make it easier for the listener to find the next song.
Council of the fifth.
Be sure to send a printed leaflet with lyrics.
Much depends on this leaflet. He, as if informs the listener that you are serious about the task. Some, of course, do not watch the lyrics when listening to them, but such a minority. In general, reading the lyrics while listening allows the listener to see the song as a whole, to understand its structure, set out on paper. The notes of the songs along with the demo are not sent. It is quite difficult to see the structure of the song from the notes; besides, many music industry professionals do not have musical notation.