7 Critical Mistakes Many Recording Artists Make

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One of the most rewarding experiences that artists have is recording their music. It’s exhilarating.  It’s a tremendous creative outlet. It’s the payoff for a lot of hard work. And it’s their legacy. Unfortunately, many artists don’t achieve all they hoped for out of their recordings, and often it is because they made one or more of the following mistakes:

  1. Choosing the wrong producer. This can completely negate all of your hard work and best intentions, and result in a huge waste of money.
  2. Sounding dated. This can come from using sounds, harmonies, effects or arrangements that are no longer used in the most contemporary music.
  3. Not planning the marketing before recording he CD. Your marketing campaign should be spelled out 6 and implemented beginning months in advance.
  4. Not creating a pre-launch demand. If you don’t create anticipation, you’re starting from zero when you finally release the CD.
  5. Writing or finishing songs in the studio. This can cost a lot of money in the form of studio time.
  6. Not spending time in pre-production. This is where you and your producer decide on every aspect of the recording. That way, when the clock is ticking on the studio time, all you’re doing is implementing the well-thought-out plan that you put in place.
  7. Choosing the wrong players or singers. In most cases, this is the producer’s responsibility. But using a country guitar player on a rock song can prevent you from getting the sound you really want. Depending on your genre of music, using your own band in the studio rather than experienced studio musicians can also affect the sound. It may seem cheaper to use your own band, but you’ll end up paying for extra studio time in order to get everything the way you want it.

Be wise about your approach to your recordings, and they will be something that you can be proud of the rest of your life!

About The Author

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the founder and CEO of Indie Connect, an artist management, consulting and training company. The company also hosts networking and educational events and has published an app that connects people to the Nashville Music Industry. During his 40+ year career, Vinny has been a full time musician, artist manager, booking agent, songwriter, studio owner, producer and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He has also coached over 1000 artists and songwriters. He is a sought after speaker and has authored over 400 music industry articles. Vinny is also the CEO of Top 4M Entertainment, an independent film and television production company.