I'm a jazz pinist turned pop singer. As I was on my 'transition', I was doing accoustic singer/ songwriter in sort of pop-jazz style. Very recently (last fall) I started to write really commercial stuff and I love it. I was recording a single while working with a producer and it came out as a dance/pop song (not released yet). I finally feel I found myself musically/ stylistically etc. However, I have a couple of worries.
As I worked on my single I hired a producer and got a deal with him - 1000$ for the song (regular price 1500$). I went for it because I have absolutely zero experience in producing anything and quite honestly, right now I don't have time to learn it. So I wanted a radio sounding song and I got it. However, I wanna record an album. Or better said, I have to record, at least an EP or else there will be issues with reviews, radio stations or PR people (many don't even review or work with you unless you have a full album, EP is a must). Now, I am trying to figure out what to do about it all - because the price for even a 4 track EP when you add promo costs is gonna be around 10k. And on the long terms as soon as I put out that I must already prepare for the next release as nowadays one has to constantly release and tour.
So here is the question: how can I reduce the production costs? Below are some of my own thoughts.
I don't necessary want to produce anything myself as I have zero experience. That deal was awwesome - I wrote the song, gave the leadsheet, a crappy demo I managed to make (took me 1 month to figure a decent track and a week to put a beat together despite the fact I can play some drums,LOL), submitted a bunch of songs ranging from Maroon 5 to Lady Gaga, telling what I like in them and boom - I got back some sceletton beat/ bass/ guitar/ keys. So we just e-mailed and I said what I liked and then I went in studio sang lead vocals, background vocals and played a keyboard solo. Then mixed and masterd. Sounds awesome, major label level.
I have not found a decent songwriter to write with and won't write with just anybody because I always write what I mean.
I don't want to start a band at this point (I will pull one together when I finally manage to go on tour). The reason for this is that I don't necessary look for a 'live band' sound in studio and don't want to write songs with other people. I used to have jazz bands where I sang pop jazz and it always come to the point that they wanted to be co-writers and on every photo etc. I just don't see myself as a lead singer of a band or a part of a team. I find the idea of having a produced record, giving the record + sheets to musicians, 2-3 rehearsels and we're off on tour. And I'd rather have 2 dancers for small gigs that I do with a playback than a full band.
I'd appreciate if someone would have an idea, opinion or thoughts for me...
thank you and cheers!
P.S. I live in NYC, so I technically have all the industry people very near to me.