How to Record and Produce Hit Songs
Every artiste, whether upcoming or established would love to record and produce a hit that gets immense radio airplay. Theirs is the commercial aspect that considerable acceptance of your track will have from the heavy airplay, but most importantly is the satisfaction and gratification that you have tapped a large-cross section of listeners.
For the music to be a hit there must be some aspect of inspiration which gets the audience to identify themselves with your song and more specifically the lyrics. Moreover, the choreography of the video that is produced along should be unique and exceptional you want to create a new culture which your audience will identify themselves with.
Anyhow, as much as you may hone these skills essential to record a hit record, the walk isn’t as simple as it sounds. I’ve been down that road. For the four years that I’ve been in the music scene, I’ve seen many artistes come and leave disappointed because nothing went down the way that they expected. Personally, I’ve almost quit music an umpteenth time. The single thing that keeps me going has been my manager who believes so much in me. During the four years in the industry, none of my tracks have ever been such a hit.
That’s why when I got an opportunity to attend an arts and culture fair I didn’t have to think twice to decide on it. I knew that there was a lot in store for me to learn as well as the benefit of meeting industry leaders who would share a word of advice or two.
At the fair, I learnt a lot about what makes a track become a hit and I’m willing to briefly summarize the key points that I noted and will be incorporating into my next album to ensure that I succeed.
Have Impressive Vocals to Produce Love-able Music
There’s an adage which claims that the sweet voice drew the serpent from the caves. Your vocals don’t have to be super sweet but at least impressive to draw some inspiration. From the various speakers at the fair, I learnt that good producers will be there to help you process and refine your vocals in different manners which will add interest to the audience. Therefore be ready to work closely with them. This also interprets that you need to choose the ‘right’ producer, not every Tom, Dick or Harry in town.
Good producers will tap the best of every technology to help you refine your vocals. Go for such producers no matter how expensive they may sound. Don’t give up on your talent yet.
Your Music is in Your Emotions
Let your emotions be your guide to choosing stylistic music. As much as you may record a track which you want to appeal to the listeners – and of course the myriads of radio stations out there – you need to feel the music.
You need to analyze your music and find if it is exciting to you and maybe incorporate some aspect(s) about it that you may have missed but is critical to make it feel good. You could start by listening and analyzing music from other artistes and make considerations to want made their music become instant hits. Maybe they were crossbreeding different genres etc.
Record a Song that Appeals to Everyone on Different Platform
When recording a song, choose beats and mixing which will sound great and original of whatever the playback system that any listener uses. The song should sound great in clubs as where as being original when played through headphones. There’s should be any shortcomings in the sonic if you want your audience to identify with the music. Again, good producers will ensure that this is well achieved, hence go for such producers.
Needless to say that all the aesthetics and the values that you input in your recording to produce quality music should be felt and tasted by the listeners and not lost within the track. That makes you exceptional and they will be at a better position to appreciate your music.
Listen to Different Genres of Music
To expand your tastes and know what is working and what is not, you need to be ready to listen to and appreciate different genres of music. I’m talking about listening to different genres that have hit in the past or are currently on the charts. You want to study them and deduce what is working or used to work as well as add more taste and discern which will work for your music.
As you get a better understanding of the different genres and what made them hit, you are at a better position to realize your potential and improve on your ideas. Moreover, you will become better equipped to be able to develop an idea to a master hit.
Above all, avoid overdoing it all. Don’t rush to incorporate everything that you think will appeal to the masses. I learnt that this could have a counter-effect as your music may lose itself purposes.