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Are there still people out there in the professional industry seeking...

Are there still people out there in the professional industry seeking Song Ideas?

What happens to all the Great Songwriters who can't afford to do anything but put thier music ideas into Demo Form?

 

You read these days: "Publisher and/or Record Executive seeking songs already finished and ready for product placement."  What!!!  Who can afford that!!!  very few of us, so what becomes of the talent that can't afford the cost?

 

There is so many great song ideas out there that aren't mastermixed to radio perfection that deserve to be heard and considered and I dream of a site that truly exposes those in which I speak because that will truly be a site for "Sore Ears."

 

 

Lets please discuss...

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Some of those people work with me, I'm a veteran producer here in Nashville with my own studio. Most folks can't wait to get their music to me, so that I can make it sound like this:
http://www.pedalsteel.us/samples
I moved here over 30 years ago and have made it my aim to help those I can, since I have been so blessed (see a partial resume here): http://www.myspace.com/terrywendtproductions
I help those I can, feel free to call me if you are interested in taking your tracks to the next level, no matter which level you might be on, I can help~
Terry Wendt
Certainly! I like to listen to everything I can :) If I can help or offer any suggestions I will. Please email it to my email listed here and I can listen and get back to you.

Dwayne Kelly said:
Terry is it all right for me to submit a song for you that you can help me out on. (Getting it placed for an album,tv,movie maybe) I think you might like it. I produced, engineered, and mixed the song called "Strange". You can also go to: http://www.myspace.com/kenecia. Thanks for your time!

Dwayne "DK" Kelly
kellyboyproductions@gmail.com
http://www.soundresortstudios.com

Terry Wendt Productions said:
Some of those people work with me, I'm a veteran producer here in Nashville with my own studio. Most folks can't wait to get their music to me, so that I can make it sound like this:
http://www.pedalsteel.us/samples
I moved here over 30 years ago and have made it my aim to help those I can, since I have been so blessed (see a partial resume here): http://www.myspace.com/terrywendtproductions
I help those I can, feel free to call me if you are interested in taking your tracks to the next level, no matter which level you might be on, I can help~
Terry Wendt
Honestly, my best suit would perhaps be helping to get it to an album. Depending on the song it might work for one of the artists I would record. I'm not actively into the publishing (which is what you truly may need) which is the area of the business that 'actively goes after and get's your material recorded by someone/something, ex: movie sound track, etc.'. As a producer I go through many songs and often give suggestions to writers/musicians on how they can grow in their talent. Ultimately if they write a hit they will let me hear it, and then I might get to record it on an artist :)

Terry Wendt Productions said:
Certainly! I like to listen to everything I can :) If I can help or offer any suggestions I will. Please email it to my email listed here and I can listen and get back to you.

Dwayne Kelly said:
Terry is it all right for me to submit a song for you that you can help me out on. (Getting it placed for an album,tv,movie maybe) I think you might like it. I produced, engineered, and mixed the song called "Strange". You can also go to: http://www.myspace.com/kenecia. Thanks for your time!

Dwayne "DK" Kelly
kellyboyproductions@gmail.com
http://www.soundresortstudios.com

Terry Wendt Productions said:
Some of those people work with me, I'm a veteran producer here in Nashville with my own studio. Most folks can't wait to get their music to me, so that I can make it sound like this:
http://www.pedalsteel.us/samples
I moved here over 30 years ago and have made it my aim to help those I can, since I have been so blessed (see a partial resume here): http://www.myspace.com/terrywendtproductions
I help those I can, feel free to call me if you are interested in taking your tracks to the next level, no matter which level you might be on, I can help~
Terry Wendt
Well, they just got tired of making them .... easy to put it on, hard to help make a song into a ready to play DVD !
The industry of songwriting and music composing is an ever changing, ever evolving entity. Just a few short years ago, or at least what seems like a few short years ago, I listened to the first song pitches that came in to Huey Lewis and The News, for their first and Second Album and yes they were albums, not CD's. These songs were scratchy, noisy and they sounded like they were made on the oldest cheapest cassette recorder ever made and the music on them was so basic, it was unbelievable and to go from what those sounded like to what the producers and the band turned them into and was nothing short of miracles. In those days, that is the way producers wanted new songs, they never wanted someone else suggesting to them what a song should sound like and sometimes if a song was recorded to well a producer might have even taken offense, as if the writer was telling the producer how to do the song. Those days the producers wanted songs rough and to the bone and they wanted to be the ones who heard the groove and placed the magic sound to the track, that created that perfect tempo, that touch of lead guitar, that perfect sounding bass line right THERE in the mix.

But, unfortunately it seems as if those days and those producers have gone away and now when producers or labels or artist are looking for songs, you are absolutely correct when you share they TODAY want a studio version of the song as if your version were going on air tomorrow and if it is not that polished be prepared to receive tough feedback when submitting material.
I have read tons of articles on why this process has changed so much over the last 20 years, but I believe that with the increased availability of great Digital Audio Software on the market today, there are people writing music today digitally that 20 years ago would have never known where to begin and would have never written the first piece of music , much less books of songs. Many of them do not even play an instrument like guitar or piano, like many writers did years ago, writers today can use software to literally plug and play, drag and drop sounds and create very nice songs. One such great platform like this is "Steinbergs - Sequel 2 "It comes complete with an entire catalog of great cuts from almost any instrument known and for an additional fee, you can purchase more instruments and more tracks to add to your existing arsenal, the software even helps the user decide which audio tracks go together well, both sound wise and tempo wise, when writing a song, every musical track applies itself to the existing drum track tempo you have already laid down, there fore, everything is in PERFECT tempo and you as the "ENGINEER" or "COMPOSER" don't have to know a single note of music or how to play a single instrument and still be able to produce great sounds just by matching sounds they like together to complete a finished piece. There fore we probably have thousands if not millions more writers pitching songs than we did 20 years ago and with our youth being a product of the digital revolution, their talents lay in the lap top and software, where some of us older writers lay in an instrument. Fortunately through my career I have been able to keep up with the digital age and it is indeed fascinating and relatively easy if you have not given any of it a shot yet and yes, when you write and song with some of these platforms, your finished product indeed sounds like it came from an expensive studio with a top producer.

Bottom line is that today, writers and songs are still discovered the same way they were 20 years ago, some by chance, some by being in the right place at the exact right time, some by knowing the right person, some by promoting yourself well on the world wide web and creating a buzz about yourself, some by music submissions, some by live performances, some by reputation and some simply by pure MAGIC. I will share a true story about a very successful well known Band today, that signed their first 10 million dollar album deal and the label NEVER EVEN HEARD them play, not one single time. However, this band, from their humble beginnings sold merch, sincerely catered to their fans from live performances and developed an email mailing list from every single live performance and hired 2-3 people per show to go through the crowd doing nothing but getting email addresses of their fans, so they could send them info on the band. When this label signed them to their $10,000,000 deal it was based on the simple fact that the band had an active email list of over 500,000 people that they routinely sent material about the band to. It was easy for the Record Label to do the math and with a simple pencil figure out if only 3/4 of the devoted fans on that list bought an album or CD at $15, they label would gross approximately $5,625,000 with little or no advertising cost, almost just by sending out a few mass emails. Whether you are confident or not, whether you have received constructive criticism time and again, you MUST keep attempting to improve yourself as an artist/composer. but also as a business person as this band did. But always, always keep pitching, keep pitching your material, because you just never know who the person who is that is going to hear one of your songs and it hit them right in their soul, but if you are not pitching, pitching, pitching, that person that is supposed to make your first song famous may never hear your music at all. When I say pitching I of course mean pitch your material in a very professional manner, this is a business, the MUSIC BUSINESS, there fore conduct all of your interactions as if you are the best professional writer/composer out there today.

Will any of this help you the least little bit in getting your song heard any sooner, with any better results. IN all honesty no one knows, but I can guarantee you this, if your music is your passion and writing a hit song has been that dream deep inside of you since you were a small child and it is still there, even with all the obstacles thrown your way, then the more professional your music sounds, the more professional you present yourself and you come up with a music hook, that has not been written yet, you certainly have a much better chance. This is a corny saying but so true, "Opportunity may indeed knock upon your door, but if when you answer Opportunities knock and you are not prepared, it perhaps will never knock again"! !

Don't EVER let what it supposedly "happening" in the music industry stop you from putting your songs out. I am an independent singer/songwriter and recording artist who reached #6 on the Billboard charts with NO manager, agent or anything. Just myself. I have had several TV and film and commercial placements as well. JUST DO IT.

www.fawnmusic.com

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