As a songwriter I make demos. Usually I sing them myself or use an anonymous studio vocalist. If you’re an aspiring vocalist here’s an idea that could benefit us both… you replace my vocals then you’ll have a demo too.
I’ll provide you with the professionally recorded backing track for one of my songs. You’ll record your vocals then send them to me, and I’ll mix a professional demo that both of us can use.
“Eric is A brilliant talented singer songwriter who has dedicated time to me to potentially fulfill my dream. Never expected a single release. Thank you!”
“Thought I would message to say a huge thank you for everything you have done for me. If it wasn’t for you I would never have done a demo then a single would never have been heard by a label and would never have been signed. So again a huge thank you for all you have done and all your help.”
Is it really free?
Yes. In fact you have the chance to earn money if we release the song as a single.
Do I need a lot of equipment?
You need a computer or iPad, headphones, and a decent microphone.
Can I record on my phone, like on Smule?
No. This is for serious singers who want to be professional and have a career in music.
How can I send my demo to people?
The demo is hosted on my SoundCloud page. You will link your own SoundCloud page to promote the song from your playlist. Send people that link. You can also use your Facebook page or other social media, and I’ll give you an MP3 to give out.
Can I upload the MP3 to Spotify or Apple Music or sell downloads?
No. This is a demo, not a release, and I own the copyrights. Anything monetized has to go through me.
What’s the difference between a demo and a release?
A demo is a private recording that is shared between music industry professionals. It is recorded to a high standard, but less than what you’d expect from a radio release.
Demos are used to present new songs to artists and record companies. The copyright owner, usually the songwriter, controls who can record or release the song.
Demos don’t earn money, they are like a salesman’s samples. Songwriters use demos to find singers, and singers use demos to audition for record labels, agents, and producers.
A release, or single, is a recording that is publicly released on digital, CD, vinyl, or a combination of media. It is recorded and and mastered to broadcast standards.
Once a song has been publicly released any musician can record and release their own cover version by obtaining a compulsory license. The artist’s blessing is not required.
Public releases generate royalties from streaming, downloads, and physical sales. Artists should be familiar with music industry royalty collection processes.
A professional demo benefits us both. Pick any song from this website that you’d like to record.
To participate you’ll need a basic recording setup: a decent microphone, a pair of over-ear headphones and recording software such as GarageBand or Logic. See Recording Your Vocals.
The final demo will be uploaded to Soundcloud where you can link to it or use the embed code to paste it on your own site or social media. I will also send you an MP3 that you can play for producers, promoters, and other music industry professionals. The biggest benefit is that you’re showcasing an original song, not a cover, so they won’t be comparing you to a more famous artist. The benefit to me is my song being heard by those same professionals.
You will be credited as the featured artist, i.e. “Catfish Road (feat. Your Name)”. If the final mix is good enough I might release it through Spotify and Apple Music, and you’ll get a portion of the streaming revenue. I handle all the licenses, copyrights, and legal stuff.
- Abaddon Rodeo
- Catfish Road
- More Push Than Pull
- Take Your Life Seriously
- The Painful End
- Wack Synapse
- When Is Now
- Man In Traction
- We’ve Got A Beautiful Love
- Weeping Dry
- Dissolve In The Rain
- Crushed Velvet Man
- I’m Not Country
- Fight War
- Personality Skips A Generation
- I Never Cheated On You
- Teens In The Suburbs
- No Gasoline
- Teardrops Waiting
- Helicopter Mutant Men
- Hot Personality
- Sugar and Oil
YOUR DEMO IS FREE
A record label might want you to record your full version.
Karaoke won’t get you a recording contract but a professional vocal demo might. Artists who have collaborated with me have been signed to recording contracts, partly on the strength of their free demo.
Let’s work together!
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