Assuming for a second... I'm the best thing since sliced bread (which of course I'm not).
Say.. If my music and song were to really take off? What bases would i need to have covered with regard to exposing my songs to the world for the very first time?
Ideally how many songs would i need, in the can so to speak (mixed mastered etc..)? How many songs would be considered as a reasonable backup to sustain a little longevity at the start of my career?
The Killers seem to be able to consistently produce awesome albums quite fast, as if it was no big deal to them.
Is this down to their incredible talent or did they have 600 songs stashed away somewhere were only so many of them were good enough to make the grade?
Tear For Fears too... What the hell happened to them?? They were amazing.. then they just seemed to disappear. Did they dry up or did they just get fed up with the whole thing? Their music was so good... its still valid to this day.
Album art? Singles Art? How hard should i make my graphic artist work without pissing him off too much. He's not getting paid at the moment but genuinely loves my music/songs & kinda wants to be a part of it?
Should I start out with a single, EP or Mini Album.. which seems to be all the rage these days?
I've noticed a continuing trend here in NI of bands only releasing EP's and Singles initially.
Is this a common delivery method across the board or is it a sign that the said artists/bands really don't have enough big hitters readily available to make them stand out in what is essentially a very cluttered market?
Because of the likes of itunes... is the album format truly dead?
At what stage (if at all) do you need to engage the services of a Music Lawyer? They seem to pop up offering their services at all of the fabulous music seminars we have here. Are they an extravagance or are they only really necessary when dealing with a Major/Indie Label?
I guess what I'm really trying to assess here is the actual cost in terms of time, effort and finance in order to do it on my own?
I have my own studio (Mac based) so no real (continued) cost there. Though I may have to outsource mixing and mastering duties if I later decide that I'm not good or confident enough at either.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated..