Your Band Doesn't Need a Record Deal
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Your Band Doesn't Need a Record Deal

Everything you need to plan, create, and release your album like the pros do, from writing to launch.
5.0 (4 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
64 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2018
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This course includes
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Avoid the errors bands make that can cause your videos, music, or even entire band to fail
  • Make sure your music gets to your fans – learn how to create a budget for your entire album, recording to release
  • Create a roadmap for your whole album, from start to finish
  • Learn how to spend wisely: where to save and where to invest
  • Learn how to protect your music and make sure you get paid for streams and other uses of your songs
  • Make sure you have the right agreements in place to protect yourself and your music
  • Learn how to make a top-notch recording and what pitfalls to avoid
  • Create an album that sounds great and boosts your band's position in the industry
  • Music that you plan to release either written or being written
  • Willingness to plan, organise, and execute recording, releasing, and marketing your music

You don't need to be a recording engineer or industry expert. You don't even need a lot of money. You just need a solid, executable plan that will take you from preparing to record, all the way to a successful album release. Think like the pros when it comes to recording and releasing your album. Know what to do before and after recording your album.

This course IS NOT meant to teach you the skills you need to engineer your recording (ex. recording, mixing, and mastering). There are definitely tips included in this course to point you in the right direction. There are plenty of how-to courses out there that teach you the specific ins and outs of the recording process, but they completely miss out on what to do before and after recording. This course fills in those missing pieces.

Producer and studio owner, James Scott, has joined with industry veteran Draven Grey and artist/promoter Katrin Brunier to show you a vital element about recording that is missing from most other courses -- the essentials of planning, organising, recording, releasing, and marketing an album, no matter your budget.

  • The only course anywhere covering the essentials of making your recording a success on any budget

  • Over 6.5 hours of step-by-step guidance to make your album a success

  • Over 70 Lectures and Articles!

  • 3 instructors highly experienced in what it takes to record and release a professional album and start building your music career

If you want to record and successfully release a professional sounding album, even if you think you don't have enough money to, then this course is for you.

This course is backed by the combined experience of running recording studios, coaching bands across the world, and helping countless artists release their music. We give you exactly what you need to budget, plan, record, and successfully release your album without the headaches of overspending, no one caring, or losing creative control.

Besides the above list of "What You'll Learn," here are other things you'll learn in this course:

  • Get you and your band ready to record

  • The tools you need to make the right decisions when recording and avoid the errors that so many bands make

  • The keys to using the recording process to make friends in the industry and launch a successful career in music

  • How bands get themselves blacklisted by the industry without even realising it

  • How to use the latest developments in the music industry to your advantage

Start reframing how you think about recording and releasing an album, follow along as we help you budget and plan recording and releasing your album, and start moving towards a truly successful album release.

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See you on the inside!

-James Scott
James has helped me with many aspects of my business. The results and value for money I have gained have been consistently excellent. He is always helpful and full of useful ideas. - Pete Hartley, Performer, Teacher, Recording Artist, Birmingham, UK

The work I have done with James is considered by my fans to be the best material I have released to date. I was so thrilled with the product and ease of the recording process that we expanded the project to an EP - TyLean

What can I say about James Scott?  He's a perfectionist with an excellent ear for engineering, a talented musician and producer.  He's also extremely efficient at what he does.  On top of all that, he's an awesome guy that is always willing to help.  In other words, he's an all-round sterling gent! - Lord Lav, Rapper, Producer, Turntablist and Hip Hop Artist, Southampton, UK

I was impressed with James' knowledge and expertise, especially when I presented him with some complex technical problems to overcome. I was very pleased with the final result and hope to work with James again in the future. - Eve Williams, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Teacher, Belfast, UK

Who this course is for:
  • Those who want their music to stand out from the crowd, but don't know where to start
  • Those who don't think they have the money needed to record and release a professional album
  • Those who want easy to follow steps for planning, budgeting, recording, releasing, and marketing an album
  • Those who want to be taken seriously in a crowded music industry
Course content
Expand all 81 lectures 06:55:04
+ Is Your Band Ready to Record?
6 lectures 38:09
Why Not Being Ready Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen
Are You Ready Financially?
Are You Ready Organisationally?
Are You Ready Musically?
Do You Have the Right People?
Checklist: The Essentials
+ Things You Probably Didn't Consider
4 lectures 16:31
Album Art
What Is a Producer and Do You Need One?
How Are You Going to Sell the Album Afterwards?
Checklist: Things to Address Quickly
+ Budgeting and Raising Money
8 lectures 52:16
Understanding Capital and Revenue Spending
Allocating Tasks in a Cash-Efficient Way
Typical Costs for Different Processes
Setting a Final Budget
Raising Funds - Savings
Raising Funds - Investment
Raising Funds - Crowdfunding
How to Budget as a Solo Artist
+ Key Choices Before You Start
3 lectures 21:40
Are You Really a Band?
Are You Going to Get an External Producer?
What Kinds of Written Agreements Do You Need?
+ The DIY Approach
3 lectures 22:11
The History of DIY Recording
Leadership and Management
Getting Input from Friends and Family
+ Working with Professionals
5 lectures 20:50
Working With Professionals
Alternatives to Paying Cash
Paying per Hour vs Paying a Fixed Sum
Negotiating on Price
Working Across Borders
+ Key Stages in Recording
14 lectures 56:56
Arrangement:, Another View
Guide Tracks and MIDI Maps
Guide Tracks and MIDI Maps: Another View
Recording: Another View
Preliminary Mix and Re-Takes
Preliminary Mix and Re-Takes: Another View
Editing: Another View
The Final Mix
The Final Mix: Another View
Mastering: Another View
+ Recording Effectively
8 lectures 01:00:58
Setting up a Recording Space
Recording Acoustic Drums
Recording MIDI Drums
Line-Recording Guitar
Mic'ing up a Guitar Amplifier
Recording Keyboards
Recording Acoustic Piano
Recording Vocals