I submitted a cover song to a podcast cover song competition last month. Actually, it was recorded last year, but submitted last month. I got routed. Spanked. Demolished. But such is the way of music, subjectivity and the fact that I can’t hold pitch very well compared to better trained singers. However, this was a learning experience and if there is a next time I’ll take what I learned from this and attempt a better submission. What are those things I learned you ask?
- Re-record your vocals until they’re as close to spotless as possible. I’m certain this cost me.
- Work out your arrangement and refine it. I have tried to communicate this to others but somehow didn’t apply it to myself (can you believe I’ve produced a band before?)
- When you play your recording for someone and their first reaction is to laugh… it might be best to figure out how to get a smile instead
I appreciate that Dan Klass, one of the judges, was the Paula Abduul of the group 🙂 He at least liked the beginning few seconds of the song 🙂