Record your music? Here’s why you should.
The decision to record your music can be difficult.
- Is it worth the money?
- Do you have the time?
- Who is it for?
- Where will you record?
- Do you need a producer?
- Who cares?
The world certainly isn’t lacking for music, so do we really need more?
While I can’t answer that, I can give you solid reasons why you should record your music – and be excited about it.
1. If for no other reason, record your music JUST FOR YOU.
The decision to record your music should begin and end with you.
If it matters to you, it matters. It isn’t for anybody else on the planet – just you.
While that may seem naive, I have learned that “my music” should not created be for you or anyone else to critique, buy, or profit from. The starting place of recording my music must begin with me. Just me.
After all, if I’m not creating music that I like, why bother?
Now don’t misunderstand. There are plenty of opportunities to play, perform, record, compose, produce, license, market and commercialize your musical gifts. And the most lucrative opportunities may be your least favorite. I get it. I’ve lived it. I’ve paid the bills that way.
But, I urge you to never lose sight of why you started doing music to begin with: for personal satisfaction and pleasure. If you lose that, the desire to record your music will fade too. It dies.
So, don’t hesitate to recognize your passion, nurture it, and record your music.
2. Record your music TO DOCUMENT YOUR GROWTH.
There is no teacher like doing.
A big benefit of recording is you hear yourself mature and grow as a musician. The tape doesn’t lie.
You can hear different periods of your life expressed in the music. Saddness, happiness, breakups, celebrations, trials and life experiences come out in your ideas and ultimately your music.
Spend time in a country band? The music will show it. Play every weekend in a Beatles tribute band. The Lennon-McCartney chords and melodies will slip into your head and eventually come out in your music.
In addition to the valuable skills you polish in the writing/recording process, capturing your musicianship growth is priceless. Everything about recording your music will help grow you into a the musician you want to be, not just what you imagine yourself to be.
When I hear things I wrote and recorded 20 years ago, those musicians and experiences helped shape me today. It’s all there, documented forever.
3. You can record your music to SHARE WITH OTHERS.
I love it when a friend sends me a CD or link to something they recorded.
There’s no better way to share their life with friends, family and possibly fans than with music. It’s their personal, artistic expression.
They don’t need to be famous for me to enjoy it. And the production level doesn’t have to be top shelf to meet my approval. I have a connection to that person, and their music touches me in a unique way.
When you record your music, it does the same thing. People connect with you and enjoy it. They experience you through your music.
It doesn’t have to be on Spotify or Billboard Top 10 to touch people.
4. Choose to HELP PEOPLE when you record your music.
I was recently invited to add some drums and percussion tracks to a project that raises money for a great cause.
Steve Felix, a pianist/songwriter has a passion to help people struggling with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His album, “Shoot For The Moon” was recorded as a fund-raiser for MAC Angels Foundation- an organization which provides services and programs to enhance the quality of life for individuals, family members and caregivers who are impacted by ALS.
Here is a link to his project if you care to check it out. https://felix.bandcamp.com/
To learn more about ALS, click here. http://www.alsa.org/about-als/symptoms.html
On a side note, a group of us became friends while recording Steve’s “Shoot For The Moon” tracks. Music has a way of doing that too!
5. MAKE MONEY when you record your music.
I didn’t start with this one because most online articles for musicians focus only on money.
Nothing wrong with money, of course! But, I have found that when you are qualified, the money will follow.
The years of recording my musical ideas gave me practical experience.
- Grooves became songs.
- Demos became contracts.
- Home studio time led to Bigger studios and budgets
As I got better at getting music from my head to the listener, the opportunities for making money increased. Practice, Practice, Practice.
I never had an official recording studio open to the public, but I’ve had a home recording setup and pre-production studio forever. It could be the most valuable skill I ever developed.
And from on-hold music to an upcoming movie score, I’ve always made money with it. You can too.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
I’m sure you’ve got your own questions and worries about trying to record your music.
It would be easy to list 10 reasons NOT to record, but what is accomplished with that? Negativity. Fear. Poo-poo parades. No thanks.
I say, “Go for it” and share your heart. Get out that notepad, dust off the guitar, and start.
To finish, I’ll leave you with one “rule” that will help when you press “RECORD”.
Have a purpose.
With a clearly-defined goal – a purpose for recording, you can begin to record your music with an end in view. That’s how to complete it and end up with something tangible to share. After all, If you don’t start and finish… we’ll never get to hear it.
If you have music that needs to be heard – get busy. The world needs great music. There is plenty of room for yours so get started today.