Really good. No notes from me on songwriting, performance, or production. Very well done! Let's start with radio. Where do you see this fitting within the current landscape? What formats are you thinking of targeting? With the sound and feel of this song, you've got a lot of options. Whatever the case, you need to find yourself a radio plugger, someone who can get this onto the desks of programmers and music directors. That person will also help you craft a plan that may or may not also include a publicist. You'll need a social media strategy, too. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have the potential to be your best friends. A publicist can help you maximize your efforts in this area. Something like this should live on all music platforms, including SoundCloud. Is there money in the budget for a music video? Even a lyric video would be helpful for YouTube. That will help your reach immensely. Make friends with bloggers. Lots of record labels employ interns who do nothing but scour blogs for new and cool stuff. Remember, too, that's there's not a blogger in the universe who doesn't want to be credited for discovering The Next Big Thing. Let me push this out to my social networks. Let's see what kind of reaction that gets.
You're off to a great start! It reminds me of Beck. I'm not hearing the hip hop, and the only thing "space" or "psychedelic" about it in my mind is the delay on the snare. Mix-wise it's hard to say too much about what is arguably an experimental track, but the shaker in the right channel is way too loud for my tastes. Same with the second verse pad in the left channel. I don't know about getting an all-star group together unless you've either got a lot of money, or you've already established yourself through another project. And premieres are totally overrated. But you could try SubmitHub and see if anyone bites! Overall I like your voice and the vibe, but it feels like half a song. Then again, the trend these days is to keep it short to match our attention spans! A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions: 1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them) 2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world. Good luck with the release, and thanks for sharing it with me! Brian.
Cool song, album art and name for the project. You're def off to a good start here and as you mentioned below, it's still in development so I'd focus on that first and foremost. Instagram can be a great platform for an artist to break and it looks like you're working on curating an image there. I think this music could lend itself well to some electronic beats or remixes too. I would also focus on perhaps finishing up an EP before launching with a publicist or putting it on streaming services as this isn't a hip-hop or pop song that is likely to take off on it's own and should be coupled with a few other tracks. Best of luck!
Very nice! Certainly in keeping with some of the stuff we're seeing on the alt-rock universe these days (although the music is definitely turning harder and more aggressive. Blame Trump.) I don't have any notes on songwriting or production (except for the denouement and ending; the track just kinda...ends without any firm conclusion; think about that), so let's move right on to some tough questions: 1. What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and syncs? Income from a publishing deal? All these paths need to be investigated. 2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word. 3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. 4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations, public radio and commercial alternative/AAA radio. 5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps. 6. Play live as much as possible. Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. But I have a feeling you knew that, right? 7. If the budget allows, I'd seriously think about putting something up on YouTube, even if it's just a lyric video. That's still the biggest source of music discovery out there. I'll post this on my social networks. That's good for at least 100,000 people. Let's see if that gets you any new fans.
There's definitely some talent on display here. I thought the beat and production was really good though I wasn't crazy about the vocals. Since you're still early into your career, the best advice would be to keep making music, collaborating with other artists and honing your craft / own sound. I think this particular track could totally work as a hip-hop beat or even an instrumental trip-hop / ambient track. You should definitely work on building a social media following as well and include links to hear more of your music and follow you online with your fluence submission. Consider putting your music on bandcamp too if you haven't already. Best of luck and keep at it!
Nice to meet you Will! My first thought, as a mastering engineer, is that this doesn't sound mastered! I like dynamics as much as the next guy, but it's about 6 dB quieter than most stuff you'll hear on SoundCloud. By the way, what is SoundCloud style production? 🤔 I like the bass-heavy arrangement and can hear the various stylistic influences you cite. You've got a distinctive sound! Oh wow, that ended before I thought it would. Okay, second spin. Vocal-wise, the second note is super sharp so right off the bat your singing ability is called into question. After that it's actually mostly on, but not exactly tight. The vocals could use more compression IMHO to keep them from falling too far under the mix. I don't think this one is quite ready to share yet, but I like where you're going with it! Thanks for sharing it with me. A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions: 1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them) 2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.
First of all I would suggest including a short bio and links to hear more music in your Fluence description. Since your album is coming out tomorrow, you're likely not going to get a premiere for a song since I assume it will be available on all streaming services. The song is nice and dreamy and you definitely have talent though I think you should continue to write and record music and work on honing your craft. Also, make sure you're on Bandcamp. Best of luck
This is a really beautiful song with poignant lyrics and a lovely voice, excellent work! For starters I would suggest including a short bio about yourself, the lyrics and links to hear more music in your Fluence description. It seems like you've got some songwriting chops so getting out and playing is probably the best thing you can do to hone your craft. You should also settle on an aesthetic for any project that you plan to take to the next level so that everything is cohesive and you have imagery powerful enough to match the music. Best of luck!
Agree, you have to jump in the pool and get started to understand where you fit into the ecosystem of the business of music, thanks very much for sending this along at this stage. The track starts out great -- you've got me for the first 45 seconds or so. I like the tone and simple production values on it. But after that, there's some discordant tones that we wouldn't want to hear over and over again (example -- "I'm moving too, don't you mistake"). There's some strange background noise around 1:15 or so by the way. We'd like to hear more work on the vocals, musical performance and composition (lyrics and melody both) and how they all connect with each other, before we could consider featuring a track like this. But overall much to like! Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music, hope you keep at it.
Hi guys! Just listened to "Hot Air Balloon", which is an interesting song title because the flow of your song has a floating quality to it, although I picked up more of a 'rainy day' vibe to it, with the contemplative and restrained sonics and vocals. Nice work with the delicate picked guitar chime and occasional whisper of reverb guitar - and also the waterdrop plink of the piano notes. The sing-talking, sighing vocal delivery also compliments the overall subdued ambiance of the song. It's definitely a lyrics-centric track, and while I couldn't catch every word, I do like the key refrain "What we sing is what we believe / What we believe might not hold to be true." While I do like the style, vocals, and instruments, for some reason I felt like lightly pulled symphonic strings should enter the mix halfway through the song or closer to it end. I don't know why, but I was waiting for some addition like that. Or maybe having the guitars come on a bit stronger by the end. That's just my opinion. The song is fine as it is if the intent is to create a hushed, hesitant, mellow, slightly melancholic atmosphere. Nicely done!
Definitely on the poppier side of psychedelic rock, but hey, psych rock isn't all about tripping balls on acid. This one is more like some mild weed, the one that lifts your mood, but doesn't shoot you all the way into the stratosphere. You're still flying with Crystal Maverick, but as the track name suggests, it's a mellow hot air balloon ride, not a space rocket flight. And I'm a huge reverb fetishist, so the gentle, tasteful use of this effect really works for me. Great job!