As it turns out, I've acquired some experience in this area of music producing! Let's say you've got the hit song ready, the beat is there, the backbone of the thing fully-formed. You show the song to your friends and family, submit it to record labels...and they all say the same thing. "It's great, but it needs vocals."
That's where I, the vocalist, come in! Now, if you're reading this you're already well on your way to finding the right singer for your song...all you need to do is contact me and we can get started. ;)
But let's say you're looking for a male vocalist, or you have a very specific sound in mind for the track. Thanks to the internet, there are a few really great places you can find vocals:
- Vocalizr.com <-- I've worked with Vocalizr practically since it's inception and I personally recommend this site as the top site to find vocalists. It has this great feature where you can host a 'Contest' and have singers record vocal demos ON your song, so you can hear exactly what it will sound like on the track before you select the singer. Brilliant.
- Studiopros.com <-- Also an extremely reliable collection of professional vocalists to choose from.
- Airgigs.com <-- Like Vocalizr, you've got a huge variety of singers to choose from (even including some youtube celebrities!)
Then there's my favorite method of finding vocalists: reaching out to the voice you want.
Note: I'm not talking about e-mailing Ariana Grande or Daya. That's a waste of time. HOWEVER, say you hear a singer on a track you like and you think their voice would fit your song. Reach out! Do some detective work and find their website, Soundcloud, Facebook, and send them a message. I've gotten the bulk of my jobs from Producers simply sending me an e-mail.
WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE VERY IMPORTANT DO'S AND DON'TS!
Once you've found the vocalist you want and you're ready reach out, do yourself a favor and pay close attention to these guidelines. It will save you and the vocalist a LOT of trouble and potential misunderstanding.
Producers, PLEASE DO:
- Be upfront. Provide a link to the song and ALWAYS include whether you are looking to pay the singer or if you're strictly looking for a collaboration (50/50% split of royalties.) Get all of the logistics worked out with the singer before they start doing any work, that way you both know what's expected of each other.
For example: Will the song include 'ft. Tara Louise' in the title? Is there a deadline for the vocals to be done? When will payment be sent? Half before and half when completed?)
- Pay when you say you're going to pay. There is nothing worse than finishing a project and expecting payment to cover my rent check, when the Producer suddenly stops answering my e-mails. Treat vocals like you would any other professional business exchange and you'll both be happy.
Here's an example of a well-composed e-mail I've received:
Producers, DO NOT:
- Put off mentioning that you don't have any money and can't pay the singer. It will come out eventually and the vocalist will be very upset that they put in work for nothing. Lots of singers are willing to work for free and you can find them, but do not assume that a singer will volunteer their time to you!
- Do not send an e-mail that says only, "Hey, here's my track."
- Don't get mad when a vocalist charges money for their service. A lot of us are professionals making a living with our voices. You wouldn't get angry at a chef charging to prepare your meal, so don't get mad when a singer is charging for the hours it takes to perfect a vocal for you. Common sense, yeah?
With all that, you're ready to find the right vocalist that will take your song over the top! I wish you the best of luck.
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