Making a music demo helps a recording artist to promote their music and conveys who they are better than any text, images, or website could ever do. Creating a great music demo is one of the most effective ways to showcase your talents and acts as your “sales pitch” to A&R’s, record labels, family, or friends. The following will give you some steps to follow when creating your music demo.
Your first step in creating a music demo CD is to create a plan or series of action steps that you will follow. Many artists make the mistake of immediately calling up a recording studio to record their demo CD. Instead, start by working backwards.
First, determine who you will be sharing your demo with. Will you be sending it out to record labels? Local radio stations? Friends and family?
Determining who you will be sharing your final product with is essential. Your audience will have certain expectations for the music shared with them and it is up to you to meet or exceed those expectations.
Determine what your recording costs will be. If you can, visit your local recording studio or find an audio engineer to estimate your total recording costs. You want to present a professional demo, but you also want to be economical. Be sure to estimate how many beats you’ll need to buy if you don’t create your own instrumentals.
Once you’ve gathered a few estimates for your recording fees you’ll need to make a decision on where you’ll record your project. You want to record in an area where you feel comfortable, but also where you know that you’ll get work done. Make sure that the recording venue you choose is equipped with everything you need to make a quality demo cd. If you’re at a local recording studio, ask what type of recording equipment and music software they use.
The last phase of your planning can be used to determine how you will finance your demo project. Will you be using your own personal funds or will someone else be helping to pay for your demo CD?
2. Write To Instrumentals
Songwriting will be the next step you take in getting your demo CD prepared. If you do not create your own music, then you will want find instrumentals to write to. You can easily find free instrumentals to download if you join our mailing list. You can also find free beats on various other websites such as Soundclick or Soundcloud.
When you write your songs you will want to be sure to write so that you convey an emotion in your music. You want to create impactful songs that will capture the attention of your audience.
3. Practice Reciting Your Lyrics
Practicing your lyrics helps you to build confidence and contributes to memorization. Having confidence as well as having your lyrics memorized will prove beneficial to you when it is time to record. Be sure to practice saying your lyrics out loud so that you will hear how you sound and how you express each word.
If you’ve taken the proper steps in the planning stages, all you have to do now is execute. Be sure to get plenty of rest before your vocal recording session. Reduce any potential stressors. You want to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed before recording your music. Make the trip to your recording venue. Be sure to be prompt and prepared. Bring your instrumentals (if needed).
When you begin recording don’t get caught up in the details. You shouldn’t be recording for long hours. Your demo should be short, sweet, and to the point. Ideally, you should record about three songs for your demo. Work with your audio engineer to get the “right” sound and mix for your music. After you’ve finished recording your music, get a copy of your work on compact disc. Be sure to put your best song as the 1st track on the CD.
Your next step in making your music demo cd will be packaging. You don’t want to put your demo work into an ordinary compact disc case. Take a little time to get creative and invest some effort into the disc packaging. Get your demo disc labeled. Invest in a CD label maker if necessary. Putting some time and effort into your CD shows that you take your work seriously. Be sure to list all relevant contact information on the disc.
The last phase of preparing your music demo will be presenting it to your audience. Present your disc in person if possible. If you are sending your demo out to a record label or A&R, use FEDEX or UPS to send off your project. Be sure that the record label or A&R is soliciting music and try to contact them prior to sending your demo cd. In this way, they can look forward to hearing your work as opposed to being just another CD on their desk. Also, be sure to follow up after your demo has been delivered and request feedback from the recipient. This can be invaluable to you as you continue to develop as a recording artist.