"How to Present Your Demo"

The Music Telegraph | Text 2021/05/17 [12:28]

"How to Present Your Demo"

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2021/05/17 [12:28]

 

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"How to Present Your Demo"

 

* Extract from 'The Craft And Business Of Songwriting' © 1988 John Braheny (Writer's Digest Books)

 

 

1. Never send more than four songs unless specifically requested otherwise. Demo listeners like watching the "in" pile diminish and the "out" pile grow as quickly as possible. If the listener has a limited time to listen, which is usually the case, the tendency is to listen to a demo they know they can complete. So if you send a demo with ten songs on it and someone else's demo has one song, you can bet that the "out" pile will grow quickly with one-song demo.

 

2. There is also the psychology that implies, "I've sent you the song you need!". This is particularly true in pitching songs to producers for a specific artist. Along those same lines, most people resent getting demos with 20 songs and a letter that says, "I know you'll like at least one of these, so just pick out what you want.". They want you to do that and send them four songs or less that you totally believe in. If you are not far enough along to be able to decide, you're not ready.

 

3. Place your best and most commercial song first on your demo. If you have a strong uptempo song it's a good bet to start with that. If they don't like the first one it may be the only shot you get. 

 

4. Send lyrics sheet, neatly typed or printed. Letterhead is im- pressive. It says "This is my business and I take it seriously." Some don't like to look at lyrics while they listen, but most do. It's a time saver to be able to see it all at once and to see the structure of the song graphically laid out on the page.

 

5. Make sure there's a copyright notice (e.g. 1992 I.B. Cool. All Rights Reserved.) on the first page of the lyric sheet.

 

 

 

 

 

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