If I had a face like that I learn to walk on my hands and teach my arse to talk
It may interest you to know that the DEMO is dead. Yep, as a Dodo. I very often still hear people going on about going into a recording studio to record a demo.
Since around 2005 the need for expensive studio time to record something you’re simply going to punt around on a Traxdata CD-R to different record companies is no longer necessary.
“How is this possible?” I hear you ask in amazment at such a bold statement.
Trust me on this, the only time you need to venture into a studio is when you’re putting together the final recording, and that’s only if you’re in a band with it’s bass guitars, drums and egos.
If, like me, you’re a keyboard player and you don’t mind plagarising samples, loops and anything else that sounds good in the mix then you can do all of this on your laptop at home. It’s true. Our song Tokyo Boy started life in Ste’s kitchen surrounded by condiments and cats. We both worked on the track and within a few hours had the basic skeleton which Ste then recorded his vocals on (still in the kitchen) and viola – a demo of Tokyo Boy. Cost = £0.
I was then able to sit at home and work on the crafting and layering the song, again at no cost.
We are currently in the lucky position where Andy (the fourth member of Holice) has a vocal booth in his converted garage so at least we can keep the acoustics on our new material. But it may even further amaze you that Tokyo Boy’s main vocals were recorded in Ste’s kitchen also.
This isn’t because we’re cheap in anyway, it’s because we’re indie – and when you’re indie and fledgling you pull on your own resources and skills. The last thing you do is throw money away on making demo’s.
If you’re wondering what hardware and software we use to create our music then we use a combination of Reason 4 by Propellerheads for the music, Abelton Live 8 for live vocal work and processing, Izotope Ozone plugin for mastering, Adobe Auditon for any other work. Hardware we have an ASUS Laptop and some sort of professional microphone. I don’t remember the make but it cost over £200.
Utilising the above we can churn out the choons and sidestep the need for expensive recording studios and it’s all thanks to the Japanese.