||The Emerging Artist
By Leon & Sheryl Olguin
© 2000-2003, Leon & Sheryl Olguin. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.
We are Leon and Sheryl Olguin, and this is our first column for
the Muse's Muse. We'd like to thank Jodi Krangle for the opportunity
to communicate with you every month.
is an "emerging artist?" Well, we must be up front and tell you
that the term is not original with us; we borrowed it from a friend
of ours, Nate Sakany, president of Incubator Creative Group, an
independent label and artist management company. We like this term
because it's an accurate description of an artist who is in the
throes of starting and building their music career. An emerging
artist may be a beginner at his or her craft. An emerging artist
may have many years of experience playing, singing, and writing,
and is in the process of "taking it public." In either case, the
emerging artist is the one who's working hard to take their music
to the next level.
and I have a special place in our hearts for emerging artists. We've
worked with a great number of talented artists in our studio over
the years. Many of them have done their very first recordings with
us. We want to see every one get off to a good start.
you're an emerging artist, this column is just for you. Building
a music career can be at once both exhilarating and frustrating.
Some days it will seem like everything is breaking your way and
other days you'll feel like no one cares whether you ever play another
note. We've been there and we understand. We want to help you get
started off on the right foot in your writing, your performing and
your recording. There are pitfalls we can steer you clear of, and
mistakes we can help you avoid. We can show you how to save time,
money, and even the occasional heartache. Can we solve all your
problems and keep you from making any mistakes at all? Can we guarantee
your success? No one can promise to do that. However, we've learned
a lot as producers, recording artists and writers, and we're glad
to provide any insights we can, based on our experience.
you're an "old pro," don't pass over this column! You're never too
far along to learn something new or to be reminded of the fundamentals
from time to time.
A short bio
Interview with Robin Krasny, Eddy Fischer and Denny Doherty – Part One -
In this relaxed and spontaneous interview, taken from our local TV show "Session 31," Central Florida folk duo Robin and Eddy, along with Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas, talk about their lives in music, and the creative process. We think you’ll find this interview great fun, and very insightful.
Interview with Robin Krasny, Eddy Fischer and Denny Doherty – Part Two -
The second part of this interview with Central Florida folk duo Robin and Eddy, along with Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas.
The Recording Process - Part 1 -
The first in a series of columns on the basics of the recording process for the emerging artist. Learn about how to find the right songs to record, and how to find the right studio to record them in.
The Recording Process - Part 2 -
We continue with our series on the recording process. We answer the questions: with so much high-quality, affordable recording equipment currently available, where can the performing songwriter who wants to record at home start? Should he or she try to build their own studio?
The Recording Process - Part 3 - Spending Money and Spending Time -
When planning a CD project, one subject is unavoidable: finances. Find out how to set up a realistic budget for your recording, and learn how to budget your time as well as your money.
The Recording Process - Part 4- What do Producers and Arrangers Really Do? -
Learn what a good producer and arranger can add to your recording project, as we continue our series on the recording process.
The Recording Process - Part 5 - What Is Mastering? -
You’ve just finished recording and mixing, and now after many long hours of work you have a DAT or CD of all your songs. The engineer and the producer now say, “It’s time to get this mastered.” What are they talking about? Find out about this important step in the recording process that can make the difference between a recording that sounds “pretty good” and one that sounds “professional.”
Educating Yourself - Part 1 -
Believe it or not, you may not have learned everything you need to know in school. The people who accomplish the most are usually the ones who keep learning all through life. What are the benefits of continuing your education? We're not talking about going back to school; we're talking about "educating yourself." Find out what you can gain by increasing your knowledge.
Educating Yourself - Part II -
The musician who's constantly learning will constantly improve his or her craft. Find out what you can do to make yourself a better songwriter and performer.
Educating Yourself - Part III -
The third in our series of articles about exploring new subjects to help you with songwriting and performing. Learn how to expand your mind, and improve your skills.
Performing in the Studio -
Learn how to prepare yourself for the demanding art of playing and singing in the recording studio. It's not like playing live! Valuable tips to help you make better recordings.
The Value of Live Performing - for Performance -
Leon talks about the value of performing live.
The Value Of Live Performing - for Songwriting -
Leon talks about the value of performing in terms of what it does for your songwriting.
Do You Need The Music Industry? -
Three Key Questions for Every Songwriter -
Assessing Your Abilities Honestly and Accurately -
What You Do Has Worth -
Fun With the Encyclopedia -
What Makes A Great Musician -
Leon and Sheryl Olguin are the owners of S.O.L.O. Productions, a
music production and digital media company, founded in 1990.
Olguin: Sheryl is a performing songwriter with three independent
releases and several published and recorded tunes to her credit.
She has an extensive background in digital media. She led strategic
Internet initiatives at Harris Corp, and later was responsible for
the interactive digital TV demonstrations on the Harris/PBS DTV
Express nationwide tour to promote digital television.
Olguin: Leon is an arranger, producer, and recording engineer with
two independent instrumental releases and numerous published and
recorded compositions to his credit. He's a classically trained
pianist with a BA in music theory and composition. He's had extensive
experience as a studio musician, live performer, and music minister/director.
His song "White as Snow" reached the status of classic worship song
faster than any other song in the history of contemporary Christian
can learn more about S.O.L.O. Productions, and about our studio,
by visiting us at http://www.soloproductions.net.