How Many Weeks Is the Number of Downloads Maximized?
For the new pop song that you are about to record the major concern will be how quickly you can get it to the point of being considered a pop music hit. Well, if you are writing songs for someone else the concern is often a little more tempered. For this reason, many times even after the track has been edited for rough edit and vocal tweaks many weeks in advance, the creative spark still remains. In other words the person who is editing your work will find themselves wanting to put more of their own personality into the final product. And this is just fine as long as you give them some wiggle room to perform this additional bit without drastically changing the course of your recording.
It is at this point where many new pop songs are recorded with the original performer only having sung a couple of lines during the week before the session. What I like about this is that the vocal harmonies and instrumental hook have already been refined so that when they perform live they sound smooth and melodic. Once they hit the stage they seem to hit all the right notes and appear to be a natural extension of their on-stage personality rather than simply playing off of the previous performance.
So, if you are working with an artist or band whose prior vocal performances were not quite up to par, give them a chance to develop a new sound for their first single. You may not get the reaction you are expecting, but this will be the price you pay to make sure that the artist gets the attention they deserve for their new pop song. And when you consider that this cost can be dramatically minimized by simply giving the artists and bands time to rehearse and improve their vocal abilities at the same time, it makes sense to allow them this additional time to work on perfecting their instrument. This means no late songs or endless track rearrangements – it simply means better music at the time of need.