7 reasons to choose an EP over full album

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Hi everybody,
this week I want to talk about the reasons that bring me to do an EP instead of an album.

Faster, We all have busy life and for most of us music is a past-time more than a living. So we got to deal with a busy schedule, works, kids… By doing an EP you can give something to your fans faster.

Quantity, By having 4 to 6 songs, you can focus more on the songs and keep your momentum to finish things out, 12 songs can be a bit hard to keep it, but still doable.

Times are changing, With digital distribution, we can see tendency of people buying more single and less full album. EP is a good compromise between those.

Cost, Do the math quickly, but recording, mixing and mastering 6 songs will be less expensive than 12 songs. It will let you have more money for pushing your songs to radio or whatever you want to do to let your songs be heard.

Make your fans not forget you, When releasing an album each 2 or 3 years your fans, maybe will go see you in average 2-3 times and then there is a chance that they forget you or lose interest. By releasing an EP each year or each 18 months, you still are refreshing yourself and your fans are still engaging.

Cheaper to buy, Most of the people now have access to free music, it is sad but they are less willing to pay for music. By selling an EP like half of the price of an album you are below the 10$ bar and it can makes the people encourage you easier than if it will cost a “two digit” number.

Allows you to change rapidly, When you are making an album maybe one musical style will show up more and in theory you will keep going that way. You know that we are always changing and probably the songs you’ve written 2 years ago doesn’t reflect exactly what you feel now. By going with an EP you can do one EP folk, next year rock, next year blues… You also can take it as a concept, kind of trilogy of music gender.

There are my 7 reasons why you should go record an EP instead of a full album. I hope you enjoy it. If you like what you have read please share this to your friends, whoever could be interested with it.

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We are not robots

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In my last post, I said when I prefer to edit and when I prefer not edit. Today I want to tell you a little story of the same project. We’ll concentrate ourselves to the song that we decide to edit. I edit the whole thing out, drum, bass, guitars vocal, harmonica.

I was in my home-studio, my kid was sleeping and the house was pretty calm. I edit the song after a whole day of hard work and wanted absolutely to finish editing it that day.

I started my edition, kick, snare and bass on the grid, I try to fix guitar timing problem and everything was fine. The lead vocal and back vocals were pretty tight so there was not a need of editing it that much. At this moment, I begin to feel a little tired, but I wanted to finish, so I kept going.

The last instrument to edit was the harmonica. While listening to the song I found that the harmonica was always to fast or to slow, something wasn’t quite right and I begin crazy of editing. I finished it that day finally.

Next day, I did a fast rough mix and send it to the artist so he can hear the foundation of my mix. He liked a lot what he hear but he said to me that one harmonica part was too tight, feels like a robot playing. I listen back and guess what? He was right. I scrap that part out and take the original track, unedited and just move it until it feels right. It was an 8 bars tracks and I just moved the whole thing. We get the feeling back.

To edit or to not edit

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Last week-end I had a recording session with a songwriter and the project was to record 2 songs. The songwriter had already broken his songs to several show, he knew what to do.

While recording, we already take the decision if we will edit or not. The first was a folk song, very rhythmic and it was easy to be a little exited and rushed the performance. For this song we decide to make edition, to be sure everything is tight.

The second was a very intimate song and it was like a cry from the heart. The recording was with the full band and they were just playing with their heart and soul. The band was pretty tight and we had a great vibe around it, this is one reason why we can keep the performance. The singer was very great and we can keep the track of his vocal, not a lot of bleed on it so we already had the perfect feel.

There is no great or wrong answer about editing, simply do what you are comfortable with. For me, I always go with the song, some songs will be more apt to be edited and some others you just want to keep it as a performance. It depends also how you record it, just be confident and everything will goes well.

My Deadlines

clock-158617_640Hi, today I will share you the deadlines

 

Composition, I give myself one month to compose the entire album, in fact I wanted to have 16 songs to the end of the month. I finally get 15, but it is OK, if I haven’t set deadline I probably would have 5 maybe 6 songs. So the fact that I had deadline force me to focus as a songwriter and get a lot of the job done. Anyway my album will have 12 songs so I can cut some songs that doesn’t fit with the other. Time : 1 month

- Scratch Track, This seems to be very simple but it’s worth the afternoon recording you with only a guitar. For me this is where I find the tempo of the song, the one that I’m comfortable with and I record the scratch track with the metronome.  This is where I set up my plan for the song.  Example : Intro, Verse 1, Riff, Bridge…  Once I’m done the structure of the song will not move. Time : 1 week

- Arrangement, Once I’m done with the tempo and have a solid scratch track, I start thinking which instrument will complement the song I have written. This is a crucial step, because you want you song to be interesting from the beginning to the end. You can demo things at this steps to see if it fits well. Time : 1 month

- Recording, This seems a big steps, but if you did your homework before, this should not suppose to be that long because you will know what you want to record. I will give you some tips to make a killer recording session later. Time : 4 days (2 week-end)

- Mixing, This is a complicated part, because I don’t know if you can mix or not, are you a fast mixer or not, so I will give how long it takes for me but it can be faster or slower depending of your situation. Time : 12 days (one mix per day)

- Mastering, Another complicated part for deadline, but this is pretty fast for me, since I put every songs in the same session and do like 80 to 95% of the same process to each songs. Time : 1 day

I hope you enjoy, try this for your next album and tell me if it works for you.

Have a nice day!

Deadline

January-2014-PDF-Calendar-Letter-Format-US-HolidaysHi everybody, welcome to my new website.  With this blog I’m gonna show you little tips about recording, mixing, songwriting and guitar playing.  I hope you’ll enjoy.

Before going crazy and record each song, I think it is more simple to fix deadline to the process of the album. By doing this, you won’t work simultaneously on 12 songs and never advance your project. It is important to focus on each step and switch between all the hats as the steps goes by. Producer, Musician, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer…

Without deadline you will not feel the urge of finish things up and it can last for too long, maybe you will never finish the project. If you go step by step, with deadline you will finish it. Do you know what happen when you finish something? You learn and become better, this is the only way to improve, keep practicing. It takes me a lot of time to understand this, but this is so true and when you understand that, it totally change your life.

I’ll show you soon my deadlines for my next album, maybe you can try and see if it works for you.