As you progress in your music career, you will run into many musicians, hip hop artists, singers, and songwriters who carry themselves with integrity and professionalism. On the flip side, you will also encounter amateur recording artists and even some “superstars” who lack these qualities.
The following counts down some of the major mistakes that these people make when they are preparing to record in a professional studio setting.
4. Lack Of Preparation – Lyrics
One of the major mistakes that beginners make when it comes to recording in a professional studio is not having their lyrics memorized. This faux pas leads to frustration for everyone involved in the recording process. Preparation is essential! Memorizing your lyrics can help save you time and money. It can also lead to a smooth and effortless recording session. Stumbling over your lyrics makes you look amateurish and unprofessional.
Study your music lyrics in-depth and thoroughly before attending your recording session. Give yourself plenty of time to practice so that when you are in your recording session you aren’t wasting time, effort, and energy.
3. Inviting Unnecessary Guests
As tempting as it may seem to invite your entire family and all of your friends to the recording studio, don’t do it. Having too many people in your recording session can be a distraction to yourself, producer, and audio engineer. This takes away from focus and can hurt your budget if your recording studio rates are hourly.
2. Being Under The Influence
Contrary to popular opinion, being under the influence of narcotics, alcohol, and other mind altering substances does not typically make for a GREAT recording session. It can be a audio engineer’s nightmare and result in a long, drawn out session.
Many major recording artists are known for being “high” or “drunk” during their recordinga, but lots of upcoming indie artists don’t have the finances to support a drug habit and music career simultaneously, not to mention the health risks associated with drug abuse.
Do yourself a favor and leave your extracurricular activities outside of the recording studio.
Having a larger than life ego isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, when your ego prevents you from accepting constructive criticism and causes you to speak to others in a condescending manner, you are setting yourself up for failure. When it comes to your recording session, leave your ego at the door. Come into the studio open minded. Even if you are “Mr. Know-it-all”, sometimes its better to keep your mouth closed when you are collaborating with other musicians and audio engineers.