If you missed Part 1, where I offer brief guidance from song idea to writing your song, please read it here: What To Do With Your Song Next - Part 1
Now on to Part 2, providing guidance on what to do when you have your song recorded:
Do you have your song recorded? ---> If your song has been recorded, and you are the singer, are you releasing this song yourself, pitching it to film/TV opportunities, or pitching it to another artist to record for their project? I believe this is a very crucial decision point, because this will set you on the appropriate path.
If you are releasing the song yourself, decide if it is appropriate for you to seek song feedback. I say that because it is not always necessary. If you are releasing a song, and it is what you want to say, how you want to say it, and you have no desire to get feedback on your song, don't. If you think the song could be better, and do not think it's as strong as it can be, by all means seek feedback!
If you are releasing the song in hopes of getting it placed in film/TV, hopefully by this time you have an understanding of the sonic quality of songs used in films and television. Is there anything you need to go back and revisit in the writing and/or recording before moving to the next stage? Make that decision now. Spend some time at this stage doing more research, watching and listening to how music is used in films and television shows. This is a great confidence booster if you're headed in the right direction, and a great checkpoint to see if you need to revisit something. Once you're certain you want to move forward, get your song mixed.
If you are planning to pitch the song to another artist, if you have the song recorded you may already have in mind who you wrote the song for. If not, listen back to your recording. Imagine who could sing this. Who would this fit? Write those artist names down. Visualize them at a concert singing it. Hone in and pick 3 to 5 artists who you'd like send the song to, but don't jump and send immediately. This stage can be time consuming, so be patient and continue to have fun and enjoy your time researching.
Here's how deep this goes...let's say you want to send your song to John Legend, you'll need to understand...Would he sing the type of song you wrote? Does he record outside songs? Is he looking for songs at this time? Who are the producers he has worked with in the past? Who are the music publishers that have had songs recorded by him in the past? Who is his music publisher? Who is his manager? Who is his A&R at this record label? (Clearly I need to do a future blog on this alone). But you get the point. If after researching these things you are confident that the song would be a good fit for him, I'd highly recommend getting feedback from a reputable songwriting organization, or music industry professional, explaining that you've written a song you are interested in submitting to John Legend and would like feedback on the song. With this context, you'll get much more valuable feedback, as the listener will listen with your goal in mind.
Next up will be Part 3, which will go over what to do with song feedback.
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