Deciding When To Record A Full Demo Of Your Song

When Should You RecordåÊA Full Demo Of Your Song?   You‰Ûªve just written your latest best song and you‰Ûªre asking yourself ‰ÛÏwhat‰Ûªs next, should I do a full expensive versionåÊof this song or a simple piano/vocal demo?‰ÛåÊ This is often one of the most important questions you can ask yourself in the songwriter game. Getting...

How We Raise The Tide

How We Raise The Tide We try to remind everyone often that we rise by lifting each other up. As some of us improve, the bar gets raised and others improve trying to reach for that bar. In some ways, the music business is a cut-throat competition, with some similarities to the hunger...

The Six Pillars of TV/Sync Music

The Six Pillars of TV/Sync Music   Music Supervisor Randall Foster of publishing powerhouse Ole Music stopped by the SongTown.com studios to share his knowledge in the world of sync music. Randall is an expert at getting songs placed in major motion pictures, commercials and TV. Here's an sample of some of the "inside track" things...

3 Questions To Ask Yourself To See If You Have A Unique Song Idea

    Have I heard this song idea before? Sometimes I search for my title on ASCAP and BMI's web sites. If there aren't many songs by that title, I know I have a good shot at writing something unique. Why should someone care about this title? What is the power in this idea? Will it make the listener laugh, cry, dance, etc? If not,...

6 Mistakes That Can KILL Your Song Demo

  So, you’ve written a great song and you want to record an amazing demo to present it to the world. Here are things I have learned in a 20 year career and more than 6,000 demos: 1) Telling the band what to play. Let the band and the engineer be creative. A HUGE mistake I see people making in the studio...

Songwriter Syndrome Checklist: How Big Is Your Ego?

Songwriter Syndrome Checklist By: Marty Dodson   It seems like so many songwriters have egos that are out of whack in one direction or the other. Run through this list every now and then to make sure you are staying centered. 1) The "nobody will like me" syndrome. So many writers I meet are...