Songwriters Next Steps: Bring Your Music To Life!
A behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating a finished song. In this 4 part video series, I show you the steps involved in building a song from the ground up - Laying down scratch tracks, arranging the instrumental, vocal recording, editing, mixing and mastering.
Songwriters/producers - I want you to succeed! Questions about any part of this process? Hit me up, I'm happy to help!
Grab your front row seat to watch as I guide Australian pop-artist Dansy through every step, as we record and release her original song, ‘Letting You Go’.
"Scratch Tracks & Copyright"
We meet up at Dansy’s studio to start our project. We discuss her latest song, ‘Letting You Go’, then record a scratch track to get the ‘bones’ of the song in place. I elaborate on this important first step of the production process.
Anytime musical collaboration happens, we must communicate and agree on copyright/royalties. This can be a very simple, yet very important conversation. I explain more in the video.
"Arrangement & Production"
I use the scratch tracks from our first session to build an arrangement. I rely on the reference tracks Dan has provided to ensure I'm on the right track.
Every song/project/artist is different. We learn something new EVERY TIME we produce a song :)
"The Vocal Session"
We meet back at Dansy’s studio to record the vocals. We add harmony and adlibs to enhance the main vocal. I explain our simple session setup and why it works.
I share my approach to editing and mixing pop vocals and explain why the arrangement was a success. Dansy hears the final mix of the song before it’s mastered. I explain mastering and the different options we have. The song is submitted for release!