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Navya Chandran  
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#1 | Posted: 23 Apr 2011 11:04
Hi Cliff,

I'm an aspiring lyricist.
Here the link to my site - http://bloggeronloose.blogspot.com

Can you please tell me what does it exactly mean when a composer asks you to "get a demo done"....Huh???

I got contacted by a composer who said that he is interested in my writing and he asked me to "get a demo done". So how exactly should I take things forward???

Please Help

Thank you in advance
Cliff Goldmacher  
Forums Member
#2 | Posted: 24 Apr 2011 14:48
Hi Navya,

Ultimately, what the composer is asking for is a "demonstration" of your song. Since it appears you're strictly a lyricist, your first step would be to find a collaborator to put a melody and ideally some kind of instrumental accompaniment to your song.

If you already have the melody and can sing it, then the song, technically, is 100% written by you and you simply need someone to help you come up with the backing chords.

Then, once you have a rough version of the song, it would be in your best interest to hire a professional vocalist and, at least, one studio musician (piano or guitar) to create a polished "demo" or demonstration of your song.

I'll admit since you're approaching a composer, I'm a bit surprised as I would think the melody (or at least the accompanying chords) would be something that either you'd be looking for them to do or that they would WANT to do themselves.

But, strictly speaking, if they want to hear a demo of the song, that's what it means.

Hope that helps.

Best,
Cliff
Navya Chandran  
Forums Member
#3 | Posted: 25 Apr 2011 04:45
Hey Cliff,
Thanks a lot for your reply.

I thought the whole point of approaching a composer is to find a person who can compose music to my lyrics. So it was confusing to be asked by composer to present a demo for an uncomposed lyrics.

Anyway, thanks again.....your explanation makes the whole process crystal clear.

Wish you the best,
Navya.
 
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