Posts by Chris Jacobie

Which Crowdfunding Platform Should You Use?

Last May when my client, Nick Dahlquist, came to me and he was stressed out. He was busy wrapping up a semester at school and getting five songs ready to record. On top of that, he was launching his crowdfunding campaign. He sent me a short message that simply asked, “Which Is The Best Platform For…

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How to Crowdfund Successfully

When my client, KellyMarie, first came to me, she was really excited about recording her first EP but… …she was a bit nervous because we were a few months out and she only had a third of the money. She wasn’t expecting a big windfall anytime soon. She knew that she would have to raise some…

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How to Fund Your Recording

Once you’ve decided on a budget, you’ll likely start thinking of ways to fund your recording project. Here are the pros and cons of each funding option: OWN CAPITAL/SELF-FUNDED Pros: No interest rates means money in your pocket sooner once you recoup. You’ll often get a break on pricing by paying in cash versus credit as…

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How Much Does it Cost to Make a Record?

When my clients, Ryvoli, first came to me they were overwhelmed and confused. And why wouldn’t they be? They’d read blogs and online forums that professed that D.I.Y. home recording methods were the way to go. Yet, when they’d tried to record themselves, it was frustrating and fruitless. They’d realized that most of the people on the Internet singing…

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How is a Record Producer Different than an Engineer?

Imagine singing your heart out. Then, after the take, you turn to the recording engineer and ask for his or her opinion on your performance. 9 times out of 10, they’ll say: “Well… I don’t know… I think it was good… What do you think?” And you won’t know. It’s Extremely Difficult To Judge Your…

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Can’t I Just Produce and Record Myself?

Good question. After all, GarageBand comes on every Mac. Shouldn’t anybody be able to produce their own recording? I wish I could say, “yes” …but I’d be lying. I know what you’re thinking. “But what about Bon Iver? He recorded his debut album alone in a cabin. And Nirvana made their first record for 600…

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Which Type of Record Producer Do You Need?

When my clients Sam & Jenn from Ryvoli, came to me they were understandably a little apprehensive… Why? Because they’d already attempted to record their songs with three other producers. They weren’t happy with any of these recordings. In fact, they were even ashamed of some of them. Luckily, they were smart enough to keep…

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What Does A Music Producer Do? (2018)

What Does A Music Producer Do? (2018)

Q: What does a music producer / record producer do? A: Your music producer–or record producer–oversees and manages the recording of your music. Your music producer’s job is to make sure your project achieves your goals, stays on budget and meets its deadline. A few months ago, a young singer-songwriter messaged me on Facebook. He…

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How to Easily Develop a Writing or Practice Routine

A few weeks ago, I asked an aspiring singer-songwriter what her biggest challenge is. Her response was one I’ve heard from every musician I know at some point: I just don’t have time to practice or write songs. My plan is to get out of town for 3 months next year and hunker down to…

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