‘I’VE GOT A FEELING’ - THE SONGS
First things first - the songs. This might sound a bit obvious, but if you're going to put your heart and soul into something which you've poured hours over and are going to throw out to the world to judge, before you start it's nice to feel like youre not wasting youre time and what you have isn't worth bothering with. You're going to need belief in what you are doing, because there's a lot of work ahead.
Music, as we all know, is purely subjective (or is that objective I never really know..) one man’s Pantera is another man's Rick Astley (and you can quote me on that!). I thought maybe I had some good songs, but I didn't actually know if they were any good. There's only one way to find out.
If every songwriter in the world was honest (and honesty should be a prerequisite before writing a song) in their mind they think the last song they wrote is the best song ever written and it's going to be bigger than Bohemian Rhapsody. That's just how it is. I think it’s part of the reward mechanism and to be fair no one would do it without this, because there's always an outside chance that one day they might be right! However, you’ll need a more unbiased appraisal to find out if what you have has got legs as they say, which means you're going to need a demo.
For those who don't know, 'demo' is one of those words that musician’s use that refers to a low-cost recording only to be used as a demonstration of a song. There is some debate as to how far to take the quality of a demo in terms of how close it should be to the final finished release. Some will say 'throw the kitchen sink at it, you only get one chance to make a first impression" others will say "a good song is a good song and it'll show through no matter how basic the recording is". I'm generally a bit caught between the two, but on this occasion decided to go with the latter, more in the name of expense and convenience than anything else.
I'm lucky where I live here in Upminster (the end of the tube on the East side of London) because we have a great little local studio called The Farm which is owned and run by drummer and all round top bloke Ray. Ray is not only legendary for his ever cheery acerbic wit, studio skills and ability to play one of the best blues shuffles you'll ever hear, but also because he is also registered blind.
Being the seasoned pro’s we are (read: old gits) we decided that we’d be able to get what we needed in a day and so on a cold mid-winter day headed down to the Farm.
Within 48 hours we had our demo.
NEXT WEEK “COME TOGETHER” – FORMING THE BAND