Jordan's Stormy Banks
Since everyone has a lot of
energy at the beginning of a project and they usually want to get going
right away, here are some guides to help you get started. These are all part
of our normal production process. Some of these steps you can do
yourself. Others of them must be done by our production team.
Determine the Production Budget. How much can you afford to spend on
producing the master discs? (this includes both the music and graphic art)
2. Consider the
Duplication Budget. How much are you willing to spend on duplicating the
project for resale?
3. Select the Songs.
Choose two or three more than needed and trim it down with the assistance
of the production team. (Get their input too.)
4. Find the Authors.
Collect the author's names and copyright information for all the chosen
songs. Work on the paperwork to obtain mechanical licenses for each song.
5. Prepare Lyric
Sheets. Using the production worksheet, type all the lyrics to all the
songs. These will be used in every phase of the production.
6. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN.
Work to with the production team to finalize the song list, establish the
musical architecture, instrumentation, voicing and the vision for each
song and the whole collection. (This will take a few hours in person.)
7. Title the Album.
Determine the title song or coin an album title.
8. List the Names.
Begin preparing the growing list of credits and thank you notes for the
9. Get the Picture. Go
ahead and choose the clothes, hair etc... and have the photo shot for the
10. Share with the Graphic
Artist. Give the photos, liner notes, copyright info, the
"vision" and a deadline, to the graphic artist and trust them to