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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 10:00 pm    Post subject: HOW TO BECOME A SINGER AND GET HEARD Reply with quote

Other good things that can help with your singing career: Recording Software | Vocal Effects Processors for Singers



HI

My name is Melissa. I am a music business/production major in my junior year of college. So i know a lot about the music biz . So here is some help to all of u up and coming singers.
First u need to get urself heard, no matter where it is, sing wherever and whenever u can. ( talent shows, school choir, recording studio)

Second make sure u have ur singing perfected. Have ur own unique style and don't immate other already famous singers. (it's good to pick up a few things from them, but don't sound exactly like them) Also try to take vocal lessons if u already arent. If that is not an option there are plenty self taught audio courses u can buy for a reasonable price ( contact for weblinks)

Third, it is VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE UR OWN MATERIAL. What i mean is, if u want to be a singer. U will need a demo, and on that u will need to have original songs. Most record labels won't take the time to listen to a demo full of covers (songs already made famous by someone else). So one way to do this is either write material urself if u can. Like if u play the piano or guitar. Write some songs. Or if u know how to make beats or someone who does. Some people charge for the rights to a beat or song (usually for $25 to even $1000 and up). There are also websites where u can get beats for free from up and coming producers who offer a free download of there beat to use on your demo or anyother no profitable project. To use the beat on a cd u going to sell u will have to buy the rights to it or if u have a friend or someone u know that can write music, and lyrics collaborate w/them.


Another thing is once u have material, u need to record it. A professional recording studio is the best place, but if u can't afford to do that (most can't when they first start) there are alot of computer programs u can download for free that allow u to record onto ur computer and add effect and mix and master it and it will sound somewhat professional if u know what ur doing, but most are prettty easy to use just for recording purposes.( u most likely know that since ur on hitsquad.com) they have a lot of really nice software downlaods and vst instruments.

Last is once u get ur music recorded u need to get it heard. Most likely at first it won't be a record company. Let ur family and friends listen to it first and get there feedback on it. Usually they will be a little biased and tell u it sounds great even if it doesn't. Tell them to give there honest opinion. Another option is the internet. Many record companies and managers are using the web these days to scope out new talent. There a plenty of websites that u can post ur music on and have people comment, download and listen to ur music, and a lot of them r free. These sites are also good to hook up with other people that love music too. Like up and coming producers, songwriters, and singers that might be interested in collaborating with u if they like ur music. This is good for networking and meeting people that might possibly be the key to getting where u want to be.

The major thing u really need do do before u can get signed is to have a manager. Without a good manager most major record companies will not listen to or even accept any music from u. So for all those who think sending a cd to a record label urself im sorry to tell u that it will get sent back to u unopened with the the word "unsolicited" stamped on ur package. The only labels that accept "unsolicited materials are usually indie labels or ones that specifically say they will accept unsolicited material . A good thing to do is call and ask. Here is a link to a list of record companies that list whethe they do or not.
http://www.allmusicindustrycontacts.com/record-label-A&R.htm

The reason im telling u all this is because i wish i knew all this 5 or 6 years earlier. I can also be a big help b/c like i said i am a music major in college and i have had lots of experience in songwriting, music production, and singing, and that's why i am majoring in music business because i want to discover and help up and coming talent.

Once big thing about this business if ur not careful is that u will get cheated out of money and people will try to exploit u. Remember no respectable manager asks for money up front if they are for real. They make money by getting a percentage of what u make from jobs or record deals they get u. Also always remember don't always believe someone when they say there going to make u famous especially if they want money upfront.. this is most likely a scam. Yes, u do have to invest some money into becoming a singer. For example. Money for recording studio time (if u use one) maybe paying a producer to write music for u, press kit/ demo packages if u get them professionally done, and money to duplicate copies of ur cd to put in ur press kit or demo package. I have been doing all this even before i was in college, but i learned a lot more from teachers and thru networking in the music industry. It's a hard business to get into but if ur up for a lot of hard work and perseverance than anything can happen.

If you have any question and i can help you with those and it wasn't answered in my post plz PM me , i no longer accept emails or IM's
~ Melissa


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You should also check out The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money and Health which has 136 Music Industry Experts providing great information on Every Aspect of a Singing Life.



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 8:04 pm    Post subject: how to be a better singer Reply with quote

Hey yo mellisa this rap star eminem i read about your how to be a better singer and i thought it was cool, just practice hit me back peace
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 7:43 am    Post subject: So ur "rapstar eminem" Reply with quote

So what did u like about my advice "eminem", and btw why would u be reading a message board about how to become a singer, and most of the time big rapstars don't say who they are unless they are full of themselves usually they go under a diffent name. Who do u think ur fooling "eminem". Im sure ur some teenager or even worse adult thinking that u can fool someone into thinking ur eminem the rapstar. I do know a lil about the music business and most famous rappers or singer don't go around announcing who they are, even on a message board b/c they reallly don't want to be noticed all the time, and what r u talking about practice, im a music business major not a wannabe singer,and also i think eminem would know how to write a complete sentence and spell my name correctly when it's spelled in my post, i mean he does seem like a smart person, i mean anybody that could come up with the songs that he does and be a business man like him would have to be. So try this sh!* with some person who is stupid and believes it. Im not the one! But glad u liked the advice whoever u r.. Maybe u should follow it and, maybe one day u could manage to be at least a knock-off version of eminem.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 9:19 pm    Post subject: I WANT TO BE HEARD! Reply with quote

http://www.bandzoogle.com/users/sarahbunday

email me..
[url]sarahbunday_music@yahoo.com[/url]


Thank you!
Follow your dreams,
Sarah Bunday[/i][/url]
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wud like to become a singer i have a great voice and wuld like to be heard sombody get back to me .thanksx
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:54 pm    Post subject: how to be heard Reply with quote

Just email or IM me at divastar870@yahoo.com. Tell me a bit more about u and what ur goals are. What kind of music do u perform or want to record. Do u write songs or music, do u have a demo. Things like that.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's some good advice - good work Divastar - there are too many ppl around trying to rip off young singers - keep up the good work!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:24 am    Post subject: thanks Reply with quote

thank u..im just trying to give advice i wish i had
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was very kind of you Melissa, to take your time to give people like me pointers. My name is Chasity Michele, I am 15 years old. I have a passion for music. I have been singing since forever, I also write songs...I have won many contest...I am true to voice, and thankful for me talent. I want to be a country star....I really appreciate what you posted Melissa.
I have what it takes, i mean i need a lil help with my dance.lol but i have it. I hung out with Kevin Sharp, Country music singer and he told me that i could make it there, just dont give up..and i'm not...i don't just want to dream about it, i want to DO IT! My Cousin, Joey hangs out with a lot of pop stars...but i don't want to become one of those, My voice is country...I am from Kentucky...which explains it but anyhow. I would really like to reach this dream of mine. I can sing, i have good stage performance, I have a passion for it... I will email you as soon as possible, i'm at school right now.
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