Music Industry

Published on July 21st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Studio Owner Offers Free Song Recording. No One Responds. Why?

[Dayne is one of those super-altrustic studio owners. Why won’t anyone take him up on his offer? – AC]

To the Other 10%

By Dayne P

Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who want to help you and who believe in you. There are many trying to take advantage of you but if you do your research and ask questions, they can be avoided. The advice I am bringing is to look at the opportunities being offered to you and take advantage of them when you can, after doing your due diligence.

I run a recording studio called Waking Life Studios. It’s in a barn on a private property and like a lot of businesses, I do what I can to try and reach my clientele. I have opted to offer one free song (to a max of 3 hours) to all new clients. There is no catch. You do not need to sell 30 tickets or battle it out. I will mix it and even do my best to master within the allotted time. I will not try to trick you into coming back. I am a musician myself and started the studio out of necessity and bad experiences with bigger studios. I am trying to help.

I have had maybe 10% of the people I’ve offered the free song to take me up on it. That includes promoting through ads across Kijiji, Facebook, websites, news papers, local events, talent shows, concerts, and even in person. I’ve had free songs turned down because they are already recording somewhere else, which they were paying for. You cannot have too much recording time, and you should never miss an opportunity to make a connection.

I’m not saying ask all studios for free time, but if you look you might realize that you are not alone in your passion for music. We are all in this together.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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