Can I be candid about your music? If I am and you hear something you don't like, will you hate me? Will you even listen?
One thing I learnt from the Baybeat Auditions last Saturday was that there are (too) many bands recording and releasing EPs when they are clearly not ready to do so. Sure, you've got a couple of songs (many 5 or 6) and have saved money (or rich enough) to do so but just because you can should you?
In my opinion, if you only have 5 to 6 songs - then you are not ready. By the time I was preparing for my first album in 1993, I was 32 and had been writing songs for more than 15 years. I had definitely more than 5 or 6 songs to choose from - maybe more than a thousand! From that number, I selected 13 songs (well, 14 plus Gum) and the resulting album - Democracy - was voted BigO's Local Album for that year.
Even if those 5 or 6 songs pass muster, you still need to get it right in the recording studio and if you've never recorded before, it can be a challenging (not to mention expensive) matter. And after that? You need to market and promote the EP and hopefully, you have the right expertise and contacts to give your EP, the maximum exposure. Unless you have someone in your band who is savvy with such issues or a manager who knows what he/she is doing, it can be an uphill and thankless task.
In terms of recording and production, I have been fortunate to have self-produced 4 full-length albums and 2 EPs and as for marketing, I'm proud to say that I've managed to promote 2 Popland albums overseas, even getting a US release for the last Popland CD, Action!
Now, wouldn't it be nice if you could get professional advice on whether your songs are ready for recording and furthermore to be guided on the recording and marketing process? Haha, I guess if you've read this far, you know where I'm going with this. This is where I come in to fill in the gaps for you and your band.
If all of the above describes where you are with your music and your band, then get in touch at info (at) powerofpop (dot) com and let's see how I can help you.
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