Fandango Recording helps songwriters world-wide to get a top quality professional demo. As a lyricist or songwriter who either is starting up or is an accomplished songwriter, you need a demo to showcase your song, but you may not know how to play an instrument. Unlike a performing musician (band, solo act, etc) who needs a demo of their performing act, you want to have a professional sounding version of your song that can be demonstrated to others, so you can better promote your song. Also, you may not be a lyricist/songwriter, but you are looking for a song for a special person or special event; we can help you too, from creating lyrics and melody, to arrangement, recording and producing a polished song.
The more professional sounding the song, the better the chances it has against the competition. Listen to the samples provided so you can get a very clear idea about the quality you can expect from Fandango Recording.
Many songwriters are living in places where the access to a recording studio is difficult, maybe expensive, and uncomfortable sometimes. Here is where Fandango can help you. You can ask for a demo by mail order (via email or telephone or mail to Fandango) to create a demo song, as you will not be the one who plays the instruments, or sing. But if you sing, we can do the tracks and you can go to a local recording studio to do just a voice over. You have to send us what you have- lyrics, melody, a rough demo - and we will put all together. It would be a very good idea for you to send songs with examples of grooves, style and sounds you like to have, so we can do something that is very close to what you have in mind.
Fandango can take a project from scratch and make a finished product: you can send us a fully written song, a vocal recording only of the melody (the verse, chorus and bridges) or just the lyrics (and we’ll write original music specifically for them). We can take a simple vocal recording, create the harmony and build an arrangement. If you have the melody and need the lyrics, we can help you, as we collaborate with lyricists, then produce the song. And we can make a complete song- lyrics, melody, arrangement and full production- if you need a song for a special event or person. The final product you get will be a professionally mixed and mastered sounding songwriter demo. Bellow there is an example of a demo we made for John Blair from Toronto. The song is called "Hockey night in Canada" and he enter the song on the CBC competition. He provided the lyrics and basic melody and we made a full arrangement of the song - premium package- see further down the page.
We can do almost every type of music demo: pop, rock, country, progressive, R&B, hip-hop, blues, adult contemporary, reggae, Latin, etc, and we are sure you will like the outcome. You can copyright the song- you can download a copyright form and get info at Copyright Board of Canada. The registration is essential because it will establish "standing" in a court action, so it is needed for you to pursue infringers in court. Non-US citizens are allowed to register their works in the US if they chose. You are welcome to do that, and it may be beneficial in gaining access to the US courts.
We can do the production with almost every instrument you can think of, and have either male or female vocalist. We offer basically three packages:
- Basic package: instrument and vocal. The instrument will be most likely acoustic guitar or piano - Example : Acoustic
- Regular package: the most popular one, consisting of guitar (or keys), bass and drums, with or without vocals. It sounds like the typical four-person band, which works for most of the songs of all genres. Example: Funky song
- Premium package: this is the typical full-sounding production of most professional demos, with bass, drums, two guitars and keys, with or without vocals. - Fandango Promenade
The Regular and Premium packages are delivered with or without vocals- some clients want to record the vocals themselves. For those of you close enough to us, we can help you with the recording, otherwise you can go to a local studio in your area and have the vocals completed. To each of the above packages, you can request to add things like backing vocals, strings, symphonic sounds, woodwinds, brass, double reed, ethnic instruments, or any other instruments you can think of. We are collaborating with many musicians/singers, we have a huge samples library and we can record vocals also in many other languages- contact us for more details.
The waiting time for demo is between three to six weeks, depending on the current studio work load. If you have a specific deadline, call us and we will try to accommodate. At the end of the process, you will get two labeled CD with the song (songs) arranged and produced as per your request. If you ordered a demo with vocals, you will receive also just the instrumental stereo track of the song. If you need a lead sheet (the song written down on paper, with the melody line, the lyrics and the chords) we can provide it, but usually it is not necessary. Most major publishers still want lead sheet for their song catalog, but usually they are paying for it.
Fandango Recording is not in the promotion business; we do not have the time to do it; we are a professional recording studio and we provide high-quality work, but we can not guarantee you will get signed with the demo songs. Getting signed today is very hard; years ago you could go into an A&R or a publisher office and eventually play your song to people on an upright piano. The guy who listened to you could imagine how the finished song would be. Today, these people who are supposed to be smart musically want to hear an arranged master demo. The odds of getting heard are pretty much against you, it's like playing lottery. You can have a much better chance if you independently produce your album, sell it, get reviews and radio play; the downside is the cost associated with it.
We can advice you to constantly listen to the top 40 radio station, to the songs making money today, and if you believe that your songs are as good as what you hear, than you are ready to try to get your songs out with good chances of success. Understand that big names are making records that do not sell, because the songs are not good enough, and do not be frustrated with the rejection. You will be better with any new song you’re writing, and, if you’re not capable of handling the rejection, you may be in the wrong business. If you’re convinced that you write good songs keep writing and try to showcase the songs as often as possible. Try to get as much critique as possible from the industry professionals, get involved in songwriting contests and look for permanent feedback and build connections.
Questions, info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416 579 5569.
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