and welcome to Issue #008 of Songmaker!Xpress.
Table of contents!
1- Welcome word
2-For all our subscribers, Two FREE!( Download) E-booklets , worth $40.
4-The Articles: - Success in Songwriting
-Tips for Bands and Songwriters!
5 "Looking For Songs" submission
6- Useful Resources
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Spring has began and the weather is lovely...but.
Weather stays a very unpredictable business, but again, in some areas of Europe it was summer all around ( with record temperatures).
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3) - Sad news :
Bobby "Monster Mash" Pickett has passed away .
Songwriter Bobby "Boris" Picket , whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem to the top of the charts in 1962.Bobby's song was among the most memorable
of what are called "one hit wonders," and he
He brought joy in many lives and on many Halloween party's. He died at the age of 69 of leukemia .
4) Articles: Success in songwriting and Tips on promoting your band and Music!
1)Success in songwriting
In this article I shall try to give you an Idea of how to plan a successfully career in songwriting.
Of course, many lines and articles are already written about the noble art of song and song lyric.
Also, when a person write only lyrics, does this means that he's a songwriter too.
Many people shall give you many different answers on this issue, but I believe that when someone write lyrics or make tunes only, he's a songwriter, for the simple reason that songs are existing both of tunes and lyrics. Although this is not always the case, but this counts for most of the written songs.
My advice to lyric writers is this. Learn to play an instrument, and then begin to write song songs both melody and lyrics.
To melody writers, I can say the same thing to them :Try to write both.
You have to try it anyway,and see if you can do it.If it's not working, then you have to find a partner to team-up with, and someone reliable, of course.
Can everybody become a songwriter?
Normally,Yes. The moment you grab a guitar and play a few chords that sounds right (or that you think) and you start to sing a few words and write them on a piece of paper. Then there your song is born, and from that moment your a songwriter. If you think of your own songs that they suck and you sucks too as a songwriter. Well, I should say, time to look out for an other hobby.
The first thing you must do is believe in you own talent and second develop that talent. Bring it as far as it gets, and that means rehearsal and rehearsal again. Developing a talent takes time. depending of course of how good you wanna be, and I suppose most of us wants to get to the top.
Some songwriters have been lucky.
They write a one hit wonder and get the rewards of it for the rest of their live. Others write many hit-songs, and others make a living of their hobby, but never have or never will be writing a hit song in entire live. I want to say with this that you don't necessarily have to write a hit-song, to make money with your music.
Of course you shall have to be more inventive and try different roads. But eventually, if you have talent and determine to reach your goal, then you shall reach that goal.But it must stay funny, and happily, music is a funny thing to do. It brings joy in peoples live.
I remember the story of the famous singer-songwriter Chip Taylor ( wrote the hit song "Wild Thing")after years quiting his songwriting and the path of music (as a professional gambler) one evening he was sitting in a clinic next to the bed of his sick mother, and had broad his guitar with him . So, he played his music for her and saw her face lighting-up again. From that moment, he got back again the taste for songwriting .
That's what I mean with bringing joy in peoples live. It's a wonderful thing, and you have the ability to do so..
So..keep on writing and developing you skill. Enjoy what you are doing, and try to do it as perfect as it gets.
Of course there's money involved into the music business, and we can't neglect that subject. Songwriting can become a million business for you , and success often comes over night, at time you least expect it.
So, if you love the songwriting thing, never give up.
If you have free time, use it to improve your songwriting skills, and your playing on an instrument, the vocal, and so on..
The learning will go on forever. Only then you can expect to succeed in your goal. Try to do the best you can. Set up your goal and go for it.
Some times success can let you wait , even years, but never quit your goal. Most of all, enjoy yourself in what you write. Love your songs. Be critical to yourself but-on the end love your material, it's the lifeblood of your career. Treat it with with respect.
Search for your most catching, and commercial songs and pitch them out to the music business people. Don't worried about what they are going to say, or not going to say. Not every A&R will reject your songs.
After a while , your name will sound familiar and they will listen to your songs more carefully. Also,Your songwriting talent will grow in time, and that's the normal way of how things run.
A hit-song is 60 % work, 10 % luck, and 30 % talent.
Remember, cream always comes on top of the milk.
Article 2:Top hits of the hand of Ty Cohen on promoting your band and your music.
1) A website
A website is always a safe bet for getting your name out there.
Simply buy a domain name (or use a free web space provider -
however your name.com looks more serious than
geocities.com/your name) and build the website yourself or pay
somebody else to do it. It may cost but it really is worth the time
and money if you make it good and advertise it right.
things to include on your website are MP3's, biography, gig dates
(no matter how small and low key) and any other information you can
think of. Then get it into as many search engines as you can.
amazing how many people will look at your website simply by
stumbling across it in Yahoo or Google. A website is always a
worthy investment if you're serious.
If you don not know how to build a site, send me an email and I'll
tell you about a couple of "Secret" places I go to get sites built
2) Promotion teams
If you already have a few fans, or even friends who like your
music, its always a good idea to get them to do the promotion for
Print flyers, stickers, make demo tapes, anything, and get
people to hand them around or give them to their friends. Its a
very effective way of spreading the word, through a Street Team.
This is how Linkin Park started out and look at how successful they
today. If your friends and fans are willing, also get them to post
on message boards or go in chat rooms of music websites. Promotion
teams are very effective. Trust me, I run one for the fun of it,
can see the results on a daily basis.
3) Websites of other bands
Go into chat rooms and message boards on the websites of other,
already well known bands and tell the whole Internet about you.
Most message boards of well known bands have 10 000 + members, so
just imagine how many people will see your name and check you out.
It works, again, it is a method often used by signed and unsigned
bands who need more recognition. It works for other bands and it
will work for you, try it out.
4) Hard work - Take Action!
Like anything, you won't get anywhere without a little hard work
from yourselves. You won't get yourself recognized by sitting there
waiting for it to happen.
Spread the word about yourselves, pin up flyers wherever you can,
advertise your gigs in newspapers,
basically anything you can think of. If people like your music they
will soon spread the word themselves and you will quickly get a
loyal following which will keep growing as long as you are willing
to put in the work yourselves.
You can't rely on other people to do everything for you and you
can't expect things to just magically take off for you overnight.
It may take a while but in the end its worth all the hard work.
I truly hope you appreciate this article, in fact as part of my way
of giving back and trying to reach more people to help in the music
biz, I plan on releasing a new article, audio interview or video
stream on a regular basis, so keep your eyes peeled for my emails
and make sure I'm added to your email safe list so they won't get
tossed int the Spam folder by accident.
I wish you much success!!
Thanks Ty for sharing this with us.
5) Looking for Songs!
Both parties have to Get an agreement,and check out the contract carefully before signing.
More about Music Contracts..
Mudassar, from Merano, Italy is looking for songs in the style of Kumar Sanu.
If you write comparable material then E-mail to : firstname.lastname@example.org
6) Some useful Resources!
The Music Contracts!
The best advice that I can give you is this.
Never ever start a business relationchip with-out a contract is been signed ! Period..
The Ultimate Recordlabel!
Starting your own record label never has been easier! Read the story and see for yourself...
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SiteSell's Video Tour!
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So, we've come to the end of this month Issue.
Up to our next one, I should say.
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(c) 2007 Paul Fevrier.