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Purple Lemonade
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Hey guys! I've got a bit of a stupid question here but, I've been singing since I was about 5....and I think I'm pretty good at it (and I'm not boasting, my friends tell me all the time). I've been playing guitar since I was 8, and piano since I was 4.
Well, I was just wondering if any of u guys have sent a demo tape to a record company (or if u know of anyone who has), if you could tell me how to and what do when you send it. Of course you put a stamp on it and everything, but I mean like, what do you tell them?
Thanx

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Gumdrop Girl
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I used to work for a record company. Basically, you have to know someone (who knows someone). You are looking for an A&R person. They are the people who find talent and pick singles for radio and MTV. Most companies will not listen to a tape that has simply been sent to them, some even have strict policies against it.

Or, you can go about it the way all my friend do it -- you pay your dues singing and performing in bars and clubs till they find you.

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Heather
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I've seen the dust piles of unsolicited demo tapes at labels (even idie ones), and it ain't pretty.

Gumdrop's advice is sound: get a few gigs. Get out there and perform in places you'll be noticed. Work your butt off in school and get yourself a scholarship to an excellent music school -- not only will you get more training, you'll be able to get an education in the business and management aspects of being a musician as well.

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Hanne
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As a former professional musician, and with 20+ years of performing experience under my belt, I can only agree.

Gig, gig, gig, gig, and gig. Without experience under your belt, you won't get too far. With the experience, you can much better decide how far you want to try to go.

Being a professional musician is a very tough life. It looks glamorous and cool, but it's very hard work. One of the things that getting the experience of gigging helps do is to show you exactly what you're getting yourself into... it ain't all cheering fans, lemme tell ya.

Good luck!

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