WHAT IS A SONG DEMO?
A song demo, commonly called a songwriter demo, can be a simple guitar/vocal or a full band production. It can be produced at a home studio utilizing very basic equipment or recorded in a state-of-the-art facility. Since the object of the recording is to sell the song the emphasis should be on the lyrics and melody. The vocalist is usually ‘out front’ in the mix. The song demo is one of the few ways a songwriter can audition his/her songs to publishers, recording companies and internet listeners. Today, the music demo is more than likely to be in the mp3 format.
You don’t necessarily need a full band but most songs will benefit with at least four or five instruments. Adding extra instruments: background vocals, strings, etc. can greatly enhance the song and therefore your chance of placement.
DO YOU PROMOTE THE SONGS YOU DEMO?
No, we are a recording studio; we are not in the music promotion business. Quite a few of our demo clients have received publishing contracts and a few have received royalty payments but this has been a result of their own promotional efforts.
WHERE CAN I GET INFO ON SONGWRITING?
The internet is great source of information. Do a google and youtube search. Also, just listening to the radio and can be a great source of knowledge. Analyze the songs you hear. Are you writing songs now? If so, have your friends and family listen; Place mp3s on the internet. Feedback is very important. You’ll know pretty quickly if your songs are ready.
DO I NEED A LEAD SHEET?
Most clients will not need a lead sheet. Years ago it was required for copyright purposes but this is no longer the case. Having a lead sheet is a great way to teach the song to a band or singer. Some publishers and songwriters still prefer to have this service. Lead sheet samples are here.
WHY SHOULD I COME TO THOMAS ROLLER PRODUCTIONS?
We offer a state-of-the-art digital recording studio. We are located in Los Angeles, California with a variety of untapped talent. We have country singers, rhythm and blues singers, rappers, Spanish vocalists, you name it.
We encourage you to listen to our mp3 sample page. We don’t just have a few samples available, we have many samples for you to hear in various styles. These are actual demos we have recorded for clients over the past few years. These samples are truly representative of what your demo will sound like.
Samples in a variety of styles: country (with ‘live’ instruments; no sampled sounds) – pop/top40/soul: with the latest in electronic drums and sampled instruments.
We also produce videos. Videos today are just as important as an audio recording. Video samples here.
Check out our testimonial page and see what our customers are saying. We don’t have two or three testimonials; We have hundreds of testimonials on file and many years of satisfied customers. We have pleased a few people along the way.
We also read and write music; this is especially important to writers that have lead sheets or music manuscripts. We can actually read your printouts; and lastly, we offer the best prices around.