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Should You Record Your Own Album? Pt 1

Posted by Jonathan Parker, 13 May 2008 · 967 views

Haven't been signed to a major label yet? That doesn't mean that you have to put your dreams on hold. There are thousands of bands that not only record and sell their own music, but who are actually quite successful at it. In fact, unlike other musicians who are signed to labels and only make $1 to $2 per album sold, independent artists get to keep the vast majority of the profits from their music.

While recording an album is certainly within reach, there are a number of obstacles that independent musicians face when recording and producing their own material. Two of the biggest obstacles are the cost of studio time and scheduling. Recording, mixing and mastering a CD can be very expensive especially if you want to achieve a high quality sound. Additionally, trying to schedule your entire band, including musicians and vocalists for studio time can be complicated if you're not all full-time musicians.

RoGue (www.roguetime.com) knows the challenges that come with recording an album all too well. Although the band has never been signed to a major label, RoGue has recorded and produced three albums in the last six years thanks to talent, ambition, drive and modern technology. In 2005, RoGue was nominated for Best R&B Artist by the Los Angeles Music Awards. Other major acts who've been recognized by the organization include the Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt, Everclear and Sugar Ray.

We asked Melina RoChelle, a member of RoGue, what advice she would give to solo artists and bands who are considering recording their own album, and she had lots of great tips. One of the things she stressed was the importance of saving time and money during the recording process. One valuable lesson that RoGue has learned is to come into the studio ready to hit the ground running. That means making sure they've rehearsed all of their songs before they go into the studio learning to prioritize.

"It's important that you learn the value of balance and master the art of prioritization," says Melina Rochelle. "When you go into the studio to record, you're paying the engineer by the hour. Therefore ask yourself if you really need to rerecord that last line before you do it again for the 50th time. You don't want to have to sacrifice valuable time and money on small things that you could have worked on before heading into the studio."

Another point Melina Rochelle expressed was that it's very important that the band feel comfortable with the engineer and the sound mixer and that they both understand what type of sound you want to achieve. "If you're recording an R&B album, then it wouldn't be wise to use an engineer and sound mixer that have predominantly worked with heavy metal bands," said Melina Rochelle. "You should work with someone who has experience working with other artists in your genre."

Stay tuned for more advice from Melina RoChelle. To check out band auditions, or network with other singers who are considering recording their own album, visit us online at http://www.StarSearchCasting.com