Ah…It’s 2016.  A fresh new start to a fresh new year.  A ton has still been going on at Nashville Demo Factory; the music is pumping and I’m excited to see what will all go down in this new season.

So I wanted to discuss a little bit about some of my competition here in Nashville.  Obviously this is a brand new endeavor for me (starting a business) and I’m learning some good things about owning your own business…but don’t let that fool you into thinking that I’m not an experienced producer.  I’ve been producing music for over 15 years.  What I’m still learning, however, is the music business.  Producing music and running a music business are two very different things.  I’ve been taking a look at some of my competition and noticed some interesting things that I thought would be worth sharing here.

First off, you honestly won’t find more affordable pricing for songwriter demos in music city.  Let me just save you the time of sifting through other sites.  For most full production (over 7 instruments + vocals) demos you’re looking at anywhere between $450 – $1,200 per song.  For just a simple 1 instrument/1 vocal demo most start around $200.  Secondly, most demo business’ allow you to choose your instruments, record your own vocals and even track some of the instruments if you live in town; we do the same at NDF.  Some, however, would rather just take your money, track your songs without your input, and call it a day.  I don’t want NDF to be one of those companies.  I want to work alongside of you, see what you’re envisioning for your songs and build the best representation of what you’re hearing in your head when you first wrote it.

I’ve also had the pleasure of working with some friends and bands on their music and was able to give them some support beyond just being a producer.  Speaking into the songs, trying to make them better…and even helping my friends become better musicians in the studio.  If you’re looking for ways to increase your talent I would love to work on a song or two with you and evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are and work together to improve your music ability.  You’d be amazed to find out how much you can grow as an artist, songwriter and musician if you’re teachable and willing to see the big picture.

Drew Middleton