1.Come up with a concept
his is one of my favorite things! Coming up with a great story to tell, or whatever it is that you wanna transmit to your audience. In my case I love movies for instance, specially sci-fi, so I love to start thinking about different concepts, stories, and really transport the listener to a different “world”. Plus there’s great benefits to having a unique story to an album, it’ll make it so much easier to write! Because now, rather than having a mixture of unrelated songs mashed together, you’re telling a story and once you have to big picture, it’ll be easier to fill in the blanks (songs).
2.Write down a deadline
This is crucial, and you need to have discipline to make it happen and actually take it seriously! It’s one of the main reasons why I was able to finish my first album, I was just so overwhelmed by everything that I had to do, that writing down a deadline made things more clear. Because once you have a certain amount of time to achieve something it’ll force you to prioritize what’s really important and what’s not. Telling a story it’s important, spending 100 hours in a single arrangement trying out different sounds it’s not really. At the end of the day what matters is what you’re saying it, obviously try to make the most out of each arrangement but don’t get too stuck with that.
3.Start writing and composing!
Yes, now we have a concept and a deadline so let’s smash the throttle and compose as many tracks as we can in a short period of time. This will result in a series of pieces that make sense with one and other. Write as much as you can and then pick the best ones!
4.Wrapping up writting and starting arrangements
So like I was saying before, don’t get too stuck with arrangements but try to make your songs sound as professional as possible. Keep it simple and clear to understand, don’t waste time trying to create the perfect keyboard patch, you’ll have more time for that in the next albums.
5.Practice for recording.
Pretty self-explanatory! Focus on the difficult parts, but practice! Rather than having to record 500 takes later on during the recording process.
The moment of truth! No, not really, your skill level is as good as it can be and you need to play and capture what you want to transmit to your audience with the feeling you want to say it. Don’t worry about mistakes, you don’t want to sound too edited anyway. Record 3 or maybe 4 takes tops and pick the best ones / mix them together to achieve the “perfect take”.
7.Mixing and mastering.
It’s time to find a sound engineer that will help you to mix your album. If you know how to do it yourself then by all means go ahead and do so. If you do hire somebody make sure they can deliver the result within your deadline so nothing gets delayed. Seriously be careful with that.
8.Graphics and artwork.
Unless you have a friend that can make you a professional looking design don’t even try making it yourself. Hire somebody in Fiverr.com for instance, for a really good deal you’ll get a pro to do it and save you a big head ache.
9.Release: What's the release?
When the album it’s finally out there, live, on youtube, digital platforms, you take care of the physical copies, and so on. Now after so many months of hard work the album is done, you’re so excited and tired, and yet. This is only the beginning of it’s journey.
Come up with different strategies to gain attention. I’d recommend recording a professional video and having somebody help you edit it, the more awesome it looks the more people will see it. Or maybe not, you can even film it yourself and if you’re creative you can come up with a really interesting video and that will be good enough to make it a hit! Think positive and keep moving forward. Also you can reach record labels, promote in social media, get shoutouts from big time musicians and anything else you can think of. So that’s pretty much a guide to help you out with releasing your first album. Feel free to leave a comment of message me for any questions! See you guys on the next one.
This is your profession and you do it for a reason, all your practice will be rewarded with more opportunities and an income that will give you freedom to play more music.