The Demo Tape Story
This past year I recorded and produced what would become a six song demo. It was mostly influenced by Real Estate and Beach House so I wound up with this really airy submissive sound I was going after. I really liked what I’d done and was really excited to share it with people. The plan was to call some places about CD replication, make a neat cover, get some musicians together, and have CD copies ready to distribute at our first show. Sounds great!
The salesman at the CD replication is very nice, but also very excited to get underway. I have a few weeks to get the CD replicated at a price we discussed – this is when plans fall apart. None of the musicians can practice on the schedule we all have, so I have to go it alone. I get a looping pedal, but discover that the EP songs won’t translate to the pedal and I need to write new ones. Now with two and a half weeks left before I need to send in a master I’ve gone from a plan with a full band and six song EP to… nothing.
I started writing as soon as I could and started recording as I was writing. I left classes by the wayside as I wrote and wrote and wound up with a 3-song demo I’m actually really proud of. All in all, it was one of the most rushed musical jobs I’ve ever done in my life, but I’m really glad I did it.
Once I released the CD I was able to start playing shows and the fact I had real material I could point to helped out a lot. Next year I’ll be playing a spring college concert, recording a music video, recording a studio session track, and a lot of other really exciting things, none of which would be possible without the demo. In a way, I’m glad I had to rush – it’s set the tone for everything I’ve done in music since.