Don’t have money for studio time? Here’s an idea. Post a Craigslist that discusses your brilliance and why it’s a great idea to “invest” in you by giving you free studio time. That’s just what one Nashville band did.
In their words:
“We have an exceptional band and all of us are extremely talented. We are probably some of the best musicians you’ve ever heard. Our band is ready to go places. We have written several fenominal songs that we know are going to be big hits. And they sound even better when you are high. We just need help getting them in front of people. Unfortunately, we don’t have much money. We are hoping to find a recording studio that is willing to record us for free.
We will give you 1% of the profits. This may not sound like a lot until you do the math. We figure there’s about 300 million people in the USA (not counting other countries). We figure that a minimum market of 1% is 3 million sales at $1.00 a song you have 3 million dollars. At 1% is $30,000. These numbers are fairly conservative since this doesn’t included people buying more than one songs. “
Seems reasonable. Uh.
Some other highlights:
“We only want to use top of the line gear so you must have great equipment. We’ve heard about Newman and Tellerfunker mics and those would be acceptable to us.”
Some of their requirements, you know, for the opportunity to record them:
- “Lots of food on hand as we don’t work as well on empty stomaches. (Some beer would also be nice.)
- We need a studio that is 420 friendly and maybe even willing to supply some to help give our creativity a boost. (It will shorten the amount of studio time needed so it’s a good investment for you.)”
Oh, and they “are willing to use a metro gnome.” So, there’s that.
Funny joke? I’d say, less laugh out loud and more cry into the Neve console while cradling your U47 whispering “don’t you worry, you’re safe with me.”
Photo of the beautiful A room is taken from The Terrarium in Minneapolis where I recorded my last record. Amazing sounding drum room. For the record, I paid for studio time.