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So you finally got that engineer job at the studio you have always wanted to work at. Here I have gave some insight of what it’ll be like and some tips/tricks that will get you past day one.

TIME

1. Respect everyones time. This means don’t be late, have everything setup before the artist gets there, and don’t take 8 smoke breaks for an hour session. All of these things seem like a good way to milk extra money out of the artist but in reality it’s a fast track to lose business. The session should start when the artist walks in because thats when the clock starts rolling for your payment. If you’re not setup before they get there they will just sit there for the half hour it takes you to get ready. That is disrespectful. Keep in mind you’re making their dreams come true so you need a level of trust. It’s hard to get trust if one of you doesn’t respect the other.

BE CLEAN

2. This has to deal with the respect again. If you respect the space you love to work in then your clients are more likely to love it as well. A few tips would be clean up any trash or dirty dishes laying around, leave the studio as clean as you found it, and make sure to clean your pop filter every once in a while. Also make sure your personal hygiene is taken care of as well. I can’t tell you how many sessions I have been in where one dude smells unbearable bad. Keep in mind you are in small rooms with these people so make sure to use deodorant and maybe take a shower. Gum is always a great thing to have.

COMMUNICATION

3. This is probably the most important thing you can do to get what you want out of the artist. Most artist don’t want to hear about the technical stuff they just want to lay down their song and get the hell out of there. So don’t bore them with it. If you have some input or advice think about how you will tell them so you don’t bore them or seem condescending. In between each take make sure to talk to them and let them know what is going on. It could be anything but you want to keep the momentum going.

YOUR GOAL

4. Keep in mind you are doing the artist a service so don’t give them creative suggestions unless they are completely okay with it, or if it’s something like “take a few steps away from the mic”. Your job is basically to capture the best sonic and creative performance possible, nothing more. It is always good to ask if they are open to suggestions at the beginning of or maybe even before a session.

This job is not like anything else in the world but the personality traits that you must have are the same for any business.

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What You Will Need!

  1. Cover Letter
  2. One-Sheet
  3. Demo

Cover Letter

You need to create a brief note about why you think your music will matter and be of interest to the contact. You can have a short version of your bands bio (one to three paragraphs). You have one chance to impress these people and it might be your last chance. Make sure everything is spelled CORRECTLY, especially contacts name(s), name of the radio station(s), or the name of the venue(s).

One-Sheet

Don’t over think this page it pretty straight forward. It basically summarizes EVERYTHING about the band on one page. It will contain things like a brief bio, your logo (if you don’t have one you can contact me and I will make one for you), your contact information, a song list that highlights the one you put on your demo, a short list of upcoming shows and a professional picture of the band (make sure all band members are included in the photo). No matter who you send it to it should be printed out 8 by 10 inch glossy. If you are sending it to an A&R person you should also include a colored picture. It is super important that you sneak your band’s website or social media links on this page. Also make sure to include any reviews that you have received. It is recommended that you include only key statements of the review.

Paying attention to the design is another huge part of this sheet. If you’re not a designer get someone who is, or at least has experience putting a one-sheet together. Being brief is the key to make everything fit. If you can’t get it all to fit you need to edit the content until it does.

Contents of the one-sheet

  1. Brief Bio
  2. Logo
  3. Contact Info
  4. Song List
  5. Upcoming Shows
  6. Professional Picture
  7. URL To Your Band’s Website
  8. Hype and Reviews

DEMO CD

This CD should have three songs on it. It should be sent in a professional looking jewel case with your logo as the cover. The songs don’t have to be million dollar studio quality but it should be clear and get the message across. It should include the bands name and the titles of the three songs on the CD. Make sure you don’t choose three of your songs that sound the same. Pick one fast song, one slow song, and one in between. This is just so they know how versatile you can be.

Keep In Mind

The people you are sending these press kits to are very busy people so keeping things brief and interesting is the key.

If your interested in getting a design you can either comment on this blog or email me at Kodyf18@Gmail.com