How has your opinion changed of what you do?

My opinion of what I do has definitely changed. I have confirmed to myself that I’m a producer, and I have produced an EP for a client. I didn’t think that was possible for me yet. I always thought that producers told the artist how they should sound, and made a lot of the decisions, whereas most of the time, the artist decides what they want, and the producer helps them to create it.

In terms of re-classifying/ altering the format of my work since stage 1, I think I have changed my approach by being concise about what I’m posting and regularly informing followers of what I’ve been working on with my client.

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Marketing

Successes / Failures of Marketing Stage 1 and planning stage 2

Soundcloud

I released my tracks on soundcloud gaining a total of 17 plays. I wasn’t disappointed with this figure because I was pleased to just get the tracks complete and up there to show that I had created something. I’ve just checked back, and it’s gone up to 20 plays in total. So, not a significant difference recently.

stage 2 – However, it might be worth exploring putting my music up on spotify through an aggregator, so that it gains more exposure, and could get on to discover playlists.

Facebook

I kept my Facebook updated and linked to my blog each week to keep it interesting. I also put up pictures when I was doing something interesting to make it more visual for viewers, such as a particular microphone I used.

Stage 2 -To improve my Facebook page, I’m going to update my info, make sure my contact details are on there such as my email, and social media links. To improve my Facebook presence, I’d like to do a live stream of me working in the studio to help boost my service, and gain more interest from followers.

Facebook groups

Stage 2- I am joining more music groups on Facebook such as Brighton Bands & Musicians, gear/selling pages, and open mic groups to help promote my service as a Producer/Engineer, as you never know who might get in touch.

Youtube

During Stage 1, I didn’t really put any videos up on my channel as I felt I didn’t have the time to invest into doing it regularly. However, recently I have been uploading a new video each week. They haven’t got a lot of views, but I am glad to be documenting my journey as a producer, as I can see how much work I’ve been doing over the last month. Stage 2- To gain more views, I could use more music/audio related tags, or even use fake tags to get more views.

Instagram -Stage 2

I am thinking of setting up an instagram to show my work as a producer. It will be an online visual portfolio of studio sessions or audio posts. I can use a lot of tags to generate interest from followers, and get more interaction. It will be interesting to see what happens with it.

Business Cards – Stage 2

I have been considering business cards for a long time, and I have reached the point where I’ve been out somewhere and wanted to give a potential client my details. Usually I direct them to find me on Facebook, but that’s not easy sometimes. So to make it easier, I will get business cards printed, and always keep some on me.

Clients

I have gained more clients over the last couple of months through word of mouth and also getting in touch with friends, having catch ups/ almost business meetings at the same time. I like to gain clients through word of mouth and personal recommendations. I hope to gain even more through my new stage 2 marketing campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration/Influences

I had a productive session with my main client on Tuesday. We have started work on a track that she wrote previously, but wants to do a new direction in the arrangement, making it more electronic, which is definitely the style that I enjoy arranging/composing. I’m starting to understand the relation between chords, melodies and lyrics now. It just makes more sense, how the chords trigger with timing of words, or the words map to a melody. This is helping me with writing my own lyrics.

While discussing ideas with Solvéig, she showed me songs that gave the vibe that she wants for her song. I realised how important it is to listen to other music, as it helps to create ideas, and discovering new artists allows new ideas to happen.

This week I have been listening to new inspiration that I’ve found through spotify.

Fred Falke’s  ‘It’s a memory’ Amtrak Remix has influenced the arrangement on my latest track. It’s very clubby/dancey with side chained synths, and the lyrics have inspired me to write on this track, when I originally didn’t think there would be any lyrics.

Air’s ‘Alone in Kyoto’ and ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ have subconsciously been seeping into my brain as I had them on in the background. (I discovered Air when I first watched Lost In Translation, which is an awesome film.) Their rhythms and melodies have been particularly inspiring.

Grand Pavilion’s Foreign Escape album is on repeat at the moment, and really helping with figuring out dynamics and including a range of percussion in half electronic beats.

So I’m figuring out the arrangement to my new track, and I’ve parked a track that I was working on last week for now, as I’ve hit a wall. I’m really pleased with my work so far, and I feel that I have definitely improved my songwriting skills.

 

 

 

 

Next Time by Christelle Lamb

I was asked by Dean in my class to play drums on one of his client’s tracks. The song is called ‘Next Time’ by Christelle Lamb. Christelle is a music performance level 3 student at Northbrook College. I heard the track once, and then came into the studio to put something down. In the session, I rehearsed with the track, and a click track once, then we went for a take. We did three takes, one with jazz style hot rods, and two with normal drum sticks. After listening back, Dean really liked the hot rods, as it complimented the style of the track.

It was nice to just play, and not focus on the recording aspect of the session. I enjoyed working with Dean, and he also enjoyed working with me from the comment he has made to me: “A very proficient drummer with the ability to learn and understand songs very quickly, whilst also taking into account the sound and style you require for each individual track. I feel she interpreted the tracks very well and allowed for the song to build and flow effortlessly!”

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