You need to know how to get the best out a band. You start with the personnel
– replacing the drummer is often a good course of action. Then you make sure
that everyone in the band is making the right kind of contribution, whether
it is music, lyrics, playing, visual style or performing ability.
> Record labels view Indie bands as a commodity. There will always be a market
for this kind of music, and currently there are thousands of bands that could
satisfy the market – yet only a few will get the chance. You have to be able
to present the band, at least in their recordings, in a way that record labels
will find easy to market.
You need to know your way around a studio, but not necessarily the equipment.
A recording studio is an environment where creativity can blossom, and as a
producer you have to encourage and nurture that. Get an engineer to work the
The equipment you need…
Hah! You don't need any at all! If you think you will be making anything other
than a pig's ear in your bedroom studio then you are oink oinking up the wrong
tree. You have to record a band in a proper studio. A cheap one maybe, but one
that is comfortable, has a creative ambience, and where the work can be done
efficiently without worrying about annoying the neighbours.
If you like, you can get a portastudio for messing about with ideas in a rehearsal
room. Just get a basic one so you don't start worrying about the sound.