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Everything Indie: How To Be A One-Person Indie Team

Queenie Sataro By Queenie Sataro

2004, Queenie Sataro. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

How many times have you been in your tiny home recording studio, wading through a sea of 1/4 inch cable spaghetti, imagining how easy Sheryl Crow has it with all those engineers at her beck and call, wishing for all the world that being an indie musician was just a LITTLE bit easier?

Yes, the process is difficult and arduous, but you can become your own One-Person Indie Team successfully. In this series, I will try to guide you through the perils of producing a CD completely by yourself in a home studio, then promoting and performing material from that solo CD and even setting up your own website. How do I know? I've done it. Not only have I done it, but I've gotten a lot of kudos for my project, and I've only gotten started. I want to help you become a One Person Indie Team and I want to hear your stories and feedback.

Please note: Queenie is no longer able to continue with this column due to time constraints - but her articles will continue to be useful and inspiring and I hugely appreciate the efforts she's made with her contributions. Thanks, Queenie! Best of luck with your own music. :-)

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  • Doing It Yourself: CD Design and Duplication for Indies - In my previous articles on Being Your Own One-Person Indie Team, I discussed that creating a self-produced album was a lengthy but do-able process for the self-motivated musician. In this part of the series, I will discuss Part IIC, CD design and duplication, a part of the process of releasing your own work that is absolutely quintessential to get right, as it will reflect the professionalism that you have achieved in becoming an indie.
  • Mixing and Mastering the Easy Way for A Debut Album - In my previous articles on Being Your Own One-Person Indie Team, I mentioned that creating a self-produced album was a lengthy but achievable process for the self-motivated musician. I'll also be providing a brief outline of the process of getting and promoting an album.
  • Laying Down Tracks and Vocals - In this part of the series, I will discuss Part II A, Laying down tracks and vocals. For some of us, this is the fun part, recording. For others, recording music presents huge technical challenges. I am of the latter school of thought and have struggled for many years when it comes to recording time for my projects. In this article you will learn about the recording process in a nutshell.
  • Performance, Musicians, and Demo Making - In this part of the series, I will discuss Part IC, Performance, Musicians, and Demo Making. Each are integral to the album process, even if the only performer or musician is yourself and the only demo is created with a tinny tape recorder. In this article you will learn about the art of the trial run from practice to perfection.
  • Time Management For Your Debut Album - In this part of the series, I will discuss Part IB, Time Management. Time Management becomes crucial as you work to complete your first album. You learn both to make time for your music and how to manage your time during future projects. You will develop the attitude and the habits that will help you to not only finish your debut album, but to go on to a lengthier career in making your own music.
  • Starting your CD Album--Song Creation and Song Choice - I'll begin this series by outlining the steps it takes to bring an album of self-recorded, self-produced CD to the public. Each installment of the series will deal with a different aspect of this lengthy process, hopefully providing some guidance to the wooly worlds of home recording, time management, and even website design.
  • What defines indie? Why now more than ever indies are on the leading edge. - As a prelude to future articles about producing and promoting your own solo indie CD, this article defines the relatively new word/trend known as "indie". From the hardships of being indie to what indie is not, it is important to know the significance of the indie phenomenon upon the traditional music industry and where indies stand compared to the other powers that be.

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Queenie is an indie singer-songwriter who has produced a wildly successful 12 song CD album, QUEENIE, 2 chart-topping internet song collaborations, and designed her own artist website from scratch to promote her own music and positive message. Classically trained in a Chicago conservatory, Queenie's beautiful original works are part medieval melody and part pop-song. Her voice is a Midwestern original that owes nothing to the typical Chicagoan sound, but instead gently whispers where others shout. Queenie's entirely self-produced and recorded album, QUEENIE, has constantly topped charts on sites all over the globe since its release in October 2001. You can learn more about Queenie and her music by visiting: .

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