A List Of Record Templates That Will Make Your Work Stand Out:
1. A Split Record
Most rock bands have another band that they play with often. If you are sharing an audience, that often would probably be into the idea of a collaboration. Write the songs together, trade members, cover songs together. There are a million ways to make this special and significant.
2. Live Recording
This is really the original format of any recording. Rock and Roll loves the idea of sweating dudes making it happen in a room. If your band plays live… what are you waiting for? This option may be the most economical way to cut a record… and yet, a truly awesome production challenge.
3. Alternate Arrangements.
Take a cue from The Postal Service. Sometimes awesome songwriting can best be interpreted through the lens of a new genre. If your band has made 3 AC/DC power pop records, maybe its time to try an EP that is based on different instrumentation. My bet, is that it might rock harder and challenge your band to break out of old habits. Acoustic Record, piano based record, drum machine and synth record, no guitars record… make it happen.
4. Covers Record
Your band probably has a slew of covers that you throw into your live set. They might be the favorite part of your set for a lot of your audience (tough pill to swallow…). Put them together in an interesting way.
5. Live In Studio Record
Similar to a live recording, but in a studio scenario. I have done this type of record several times, and it is a very interesting way to make something special for your core audience. Cassavettes did this with me, and they brought an audience! Imagine 30 drunk rockers around my expensive microphones. Thankfully it came out sounding awesome, raw, and emotion. No microphones were destroyed.
6. Play Producer
If you band has a production method that is a core value to how your music is created, why not elaborate that skill to a new artist. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine is known more for the production associated with My Bloody Valentine than for the actual music. If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing, send me an email. Although I am a producer myself, I engineer for other producers often.
7. Themed Record
This one can walk the tight rope between amazing and very lame. I wouldn’t suggest shooting to create The Wall, but writing a record with a loose theme can be a great way to bring in a new type of audience and marketing potential. A record about animal rights activists would have a very specific niche market that could open up lots of new opportunities for the right band.
It is often said that great artists write about what they know. If you are stuck and looking for a new way to create, MOVE! Write about a new place. Take a week and move to detroit. Write from the eyes of the people that you meet. You may be able to tap into more that way, than staying within your comfort zone at home. Go back to detroit and record with a local producer from that area. You will be happy you left.
9. Add A New Member
Modest Mouse would not be the band they are today without the addition of Johnny Marr. Adding a member can be just the thing to drive new songs into a direction you wouldn’t expect. That new member could be just the “producer” you are looking for.
10. Let It Go
Some of the most inspiring bands I have worked with intentionally write their songs in short time periods. Give yourself one week to come up with 10 songs. After 7 days, the record HAS to be written and demoed. No excused. Could be the best material you have ever written.
If any of these ideas inspire you, we should get in touch. I am excited to try different ways of making music. I can elaborate extensively on any of these ideas. This is just the tip of the iceberg of awesome formats that an artist could try. If you have additional format ideas, do let me know. This is an ever expanding list. you can find more blogs and information on my production services HERE. Email me at Shaneoconnorrecording@gmail.com