Your Band Doesn't Need a Record Deal
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.
See you on the inside!
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
James Scott is a music producer, writer, composer, audio engineer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist originally from London, UK.
James has been producing music professionally since 2010 and it is now his full-time occupation. He founded the symphonic metal band Winter's Eve, producing their debut album, Shards (2010). He was also a member of alt-metal act Eight Lives Down and produced their EP May Cause Death(2015). His current band is the symphonic/progressive doom metal project Cyclocosmia, with whom he was written and produced an album (Deadwood, 2016) and two EPs
James has worked as a producer and audio engineer for bands and artists on five continents, including The Raven Age, former Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley, folk-goth legends Serpentyne, former Attrition vocalist TyLean, Yorkshire goth stalwarts Zeitgeist Zero, and the US prog rock band The Silent Still, amongst many others.
James runs Black Cat Studios in the Midlands, UK, with his partner Katrin.
Katrin is a vocalist, pianist, painter and illustrator.
From sharing the stage with high-profile artists in front of tens of thousands of people, to helping relatively unknown rock artists become amazing, music is a driving force in Draven’s life. He has opened for many Major Label acts, written music for film and television, and entertained concert crowds in the tens of thousands. He believes that music holds the power to bare one’s soul, comfort the broken, connect divided worlds, and bring a voice to the voiceless. Music is his passion, and using its power to change lives is his craft.
Draven was a music director for several organizations throughout the 90’s, and played keyboards for Organic Recording Artist, Human, in the mid 90’s. He has written music for Games, Film and Television, Wayfarer Infinity, as well as produced, recorded, mixed, mastered, and played for, artist releases across the world. He has a long history in the music profession and in helping other artists realize their dreams.
For many years, he worked an Artist Development Specialist and Rock Band Success Coach for Rockstar Mindset, through MindRock Records, both coaching bands in their career and developing self-study courses that do the same. In 2009, Draven joined with Alex Staropoli of the band, Rhapsody of Fire, to create powerful resources and online coaching programs covering all aspects of creating a successful and long-lasting music career for rock bands.
In 2013, he was named “The Voice of Old Colorado City” for his voice-over work. During each of his years with Thumbtack's services database, he was honored with “The Best of Thumbtack” for the feedback he was getting online for his singing lessons through Rock Singing Lessons. And in 2018, Draven completed training to officially become a TVS-Certified Vocal Instructor.
Draven has also worked as a freelance recording, mixing, and mastering engineer, a film and television composer, and a studio musician. He also has training in Business Management, Music Business, Marketing, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neuro-Associative Conditioning, Relational-Counseling, Leadership Principles, Nonviolent Communication, Life-Coaching, and Creativity Coaching.
Draven’s work has been described as passionate and sometimes brutally honest, but most of all, he is a trusted guide. He helps you define your dreams, and then makes your dreams his own. With his help, you examine yourself deeply, articulate your goals, and lay out a clear path to get there. With hard work and a high sense of integrity, Draven has placed himself as a friend, guide, and encouraging voice in an often cruel industry.
His current personal passion is the production company and Lovecraftian world of The Silent Still, producing music, stories, art, film, immersive events, and more.