THE REAL COST
OF MAKING A RECORD.
Truth be told, the best way to determine your production costs is to contact me. With the right information, I can provide you with a detailed project proposal which outlines production costs, expenses, terms, rules, deposits and most importantly, a super detailed day-to-day schedule. Contrary to popular belief, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to making a great record. Each one is different and requires its own special approach. My project proposals are designed to truthfully reflect the real cost of making your dream record. In nearly 20 years of studio experience, and with very few exceptions, every record I work on comes in ON TIME and ON BUDGET. Other producers and studios are happy to give you their day rate, which may seem like a deal, but often bands aren't aware of what it takes to make that dream record and before you know it, the studio that at first seemed like a deal is now costing you twice as much to finish. That is both unfair and totally avoidable.
I, on the other hand, never bullshit bands when it comes to money. Making records is as important to me as it is to you so believe me when I say making a good record takes time and money! I know that sounds pretty obvious but time and money are usually two things bands don't have in abundance. Does that mean it's impossible to make your dream record without a lot of money? No. Does it mean you need a plan? YES, a really, really good plan! Where do you come up with such a plan? Simple, you get the best producer you can afford!
A producer is your trusted guide that will successfully lead you through the process of making a record. A good producer knows how to take your ideas, your dreams, refine them and make them a reality. A good producer knows when the project is behind or ahead schedule. A good producer knows when to push you to do better and when you need a break. If you'll pardon the sports analogy, making a record is not a race but a long marathon, and like a marathon, it requires preparation and strategy.
I could go on forever but let me just leave you with this...
No matter what you decide to do or who you decide to work with, make sure you know their work, their reputation, and make sure they know YOUR expectations. Making a record is by no means a small thing. It can be an expensive waste of time if you do it wrong so find someone who knows what they're doing. To me, getting a "good deal" on a record you don't really love is actually a waste of money. Isn't it better to spend a little more on something that you can be proud of FOREVER? I think so. Always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Thanks for reading and let's make a record already!!