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Great artists produce great records

There’s a saying, ’It’s easy to write songs, but very difficult to write great songs.’ I’m going through that right now.
–Bryan Adams

In the end it’s quite easy:

You’ll need at least one really great signature song, as well as a killer album in order to succeed.

I’m afraid to tell you that you will have no other option.

This is how the Masters Of The Past made it (see chapter 3), and nobody ever managed to come up with some working alternative.

This is how it has to be done, this what music lovers will expect, and this is what you will have to deliver.

So in this chapter you will learn how to achieve this.

As mentioned before, writing a hit song does not mean that you will have to write the same kind of music you’ll find in the charts, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you’ll need to write music you won’t like. We’ll soon get into the details and you’ll better understand what I’m talking about.

The most important message for now is the following:

Great artists produce great records. 

And if we talk about great records, then we mean albums.

Not singles.

The problem with albums is that people usually expect one hit single plus a bunch of boring and irrelevant fillers, which means that it makes no sense to buy the album at all.

If you’re an amateur artist, then people don’t even expect one single relevant song, which means that nobody will ever listen to your album or even buy it, unless you’re offering a very good reason to do otherwise.

So you will have to prove those people wrong.

Most amateur artists sell albums to their local fanbase, which consists of family, friends, and a few local people. Those people buy your record because they want to do you a favour, not because they really want to own your album. Many of them will probably never even listen to it.

That’s something we need to change.

People will have to buy your album because they actually want to listen to you music, because it’s just insanely great.

This is the only way to make sure that people who don’t know you and who never even heard of you will take the time to check out your music and to eventually even buy your record.

So here’s the plan:

  1. You will need at least​ one incredibly great song that will
  2. make people want to​ check out our album, and then they’ll need to recognize that
  3. your album is ​full of interesting stuff, and that
  4. it will be worth spending money on it.

This means that you will basically have two kinds of songs:

  1. Hit songs – the ones that catch people’s attention.
  2. Non-hit songs – the ones that allow you to create whatever you want, and thus to be a real artist.

In the end your album will need to be a real piece of art, and not just a sequence of irrelevant tracks.

Most amateur artists (and most professional artists too, by the way) produce albums containing songs that all sound more of less the same, so that people just skip from one track to the other, to find out that the entire album is absolutely boring.

You don’t want to produce an album that people will just skip through.

So in this chapter you will learn how to write an album that will not be boring, containing songs that will not be irrelevant.

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