Thanks so much. I definitely learned by being "produced" that in the future I more want to work with an engineer than a producer. I definitely learned a lot from him and he got a much more polished sound on the tracks that he produced than I managed on myself produced ones, but I am real gratified to have done this exactly the way I wanted it.
In fairness, I can understand why a producer would not think an 8+ minute country song with sax, no chorus, and a title that is not in the lyrics was a bit of an odd choice. But from my POV the chance of commercial success was infinitesimal and having one more tune on the album that might have been a more viable entry in that lottery was not worth compromising my artistic vision.
I seriously considered turning my rehearsal studio into a home recording studio and doing it that way myself, which I am sure I could have done for what I paid others. But in the end I decided I had the right instrumental and vocal talent committed to donating their time to record with me at the moment, and wanted to use that resource as efficiently as possible rather than risk squandering it by making them wait around while I figured out setting up a modern recording facility and getting it working optimally.
Rock ‘n roll!
I wound up spending more than I expected, partially because I decided while I was doing it to expand the project from the 12 tracks originally planned to fill up a disc with 19 tracks / 79 minutes. But still brought it in at about 12k including package design, logo design, pressing 500, T shirts, etc. I have no illusions it will ever become a hit or turn a profit, but I created a work of art I had dreamed of creating for decades, it boosted the profile of my band and the kind of gigs we can get, and getting that kind of review in a publication as prominent as The Aquarian exceeded my realistic ambitions for what I would achieve musically.
No coincidence I started the project the month after my last alimony payment, and I was glad to put the money into this instead of that. Only wish the whole process had been as joyful as it became once I started self producing for the two last tracks I recorded.
“I work in IT and have infinitely more knowledge on this topic than you ever will so you can drop the arrogant attitude. Thanks.” Strat-Mangler
I wound up spending more than I expected, partially because I decided while I was doing it to expand the project from the 12 tracks originally planned to fill up a disc with 19 tracks / 79 minutes. But still brought it in at about 12k including package design, logo design, pressing 500, T shirts, etc.
I spent $20 for Distrokid to put it out on all the different online outlets and the first 10 seconds sound better than his entire production.
And I didn't use Lord Asshole or whatever his name is to produce it. (Sorry, it's very RAWK".)
...But still brought it in at about 12k including package design, logo design, pressing 500, T shirts, etc. I have no illusions it will ever become a hit or turn a profit...
-I was just thinking about the cost of this sort of modern-day vanity press project. $12 grand, eh? Well, if that's what he loves, that's fine of course but I'm not convinced that's really made him happy. Could he have spent this money more constructively? (That's the sort of question we ask of MYKE, on a different level.) I would have hoped he would feel more joy for having spent that kind of money for virtually no return. There's some sort of bitter dream concealed in here -- I think that he has some illusions about something. He's obviously just ramping up for some sort of outburst so we'll see.
No coincidence I started the project the month after my last alimony payment, and I was glad to put the money into this instead of that...
-Ahh. A quest to compensate for misbegotten youth, perchance? If he were more pleasant I would wish him luck.
The idea that seeing Pete and Roger uncomfortably sitting on a vintage motor scooter would be anything more than a novelty is ludicrous
Post by aquaholic2017 on Jul 12, 2019 19:00:29 GMT
If you're having difficulty selling them, I have a side-gig recycling CD-Rs as drinks coasters.
I can also get some of those Beagles t-shirts to Darfur -- drop me a message?
While I sell some, my plan was always to use both primarily as a way to promote my music and band than as a way to make money. That is also why I have every track up streaming for free on my site (as well as on YT and Spotify).
Anyone who goes into original music to make money is making a far worse bet with their time and money than taking a minimum wage job and spending their whole paycheck on lottery tickets. But thanks for your snark.
Since you want to keep the discussion alive, here is another of my fav tracks, this one complete with video. Couldnt be more different than the first one I posted. This more polished sound was something I could not have self produced.
P.S. Shirts we are wearing there are not the ones I created to promote the band and album. They are ones we found someone else selling for humor value on Facebook. Video is from a show we did before we had out own shirts (synched to studio track as best as I could).