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Where can I find singers at? Craigslist doesn't seem to be very effective

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:57 PM

Hello everyone,
So I recently moved to Los Angeles and I am now working with a music producer in Hollywood. Anyway, we are having a little trouble finding singers and when we do find some they can't sing very well. Right now we have only tried using craigslist and posting ads at colleges and on the street but that doesn't seem to be very effective. Is there a better way to approach this? If so, let me know! Thanks!
I'M JUST A POP SONGWRITER, THAT CAN BARELY/SORTA(?) SING, LAYING DOWN VOCALS ON DEMOS (FOR COPYRIGHTING PURPOSES) IN HOPES OF MAKING IT BIG IN LOS ANGELES.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:23 PM

Forgive me.
I am a little confused.
L.A. is teeming with hot singers.
And you are working with a Hollywood music producer who doesn't know any?

Craigslist!?
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:31 PM

View PostLazz, on 24 May 2012 - 04:23 PM, said:

Forgive me.
I am a little confused.
L.A. is teeming with hot singers.
And you are working with a Hollywood music producer who doesn't know any?

Craigslist!?

Yes he lives in Hollywood, that is where his studio is, and he is a Producer. Not a famous one yet but he is very talented, just not very confident so I am working on giving him a push and so far it's going well. The issue is that the singers he knows just aren't very good. Anyway, as previously stated I am doing what I know to find more talent, so if you can think of other ways I can go about it, that would be helpful to me (such as naming websites, other kinds of venues I can hit up) then feel free to point me in that direction. Thanks.
I'M JUST A POP SONGWRITER, THAT CAN BARELY/SORTA(?) SING, LAYING DOWN VOCALS ON DEMOS (FOR COPYRIGHTING PURPOSES) IN HOPES OF MAKING IT BIG IN LOS ANGELES.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:57 PM

OK.
I think I get it now.

But I am unable to help. I'm more old-skool in depending on a personal network that has just accumulated and grown over the years. Like bacterial mold. I know nothing of websites in that regard - don't really trust 'em - Craigslist even less - known friends and associates and their recommendations are always much more dependable and productive.

My only suggestion is to get out there and start making connections.
Much better when you know people.
Face-to-face, real-to-real.

(And keep trying and help your pal deal with his self-confidence problems.)
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and the second best to sing them"

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:58 PM

View PostLazz, on 24 May 2012 - 04:57 PM, said:

OK.
I think I get it now.

But I am unable to help. I'm more old-skool in depending on a personal network that has just accumulated and grown over the years. Like bacterial mold. I know nothing of websites in that regard - don't really trust 'em - Craigslist even less - known friends and associates and their recommendations are always much more dependable and productive.

My only suggestion is to get out there and start making connections.
Much better when you know people.
Face-to-face, real-to-real.

(And keep trying and help your pal deal with his self-confidence problems.)


Thanks :-)
I'M JUST A POP SONGWRITER, THAT CAN BARELY/SORTA(?) SING, LAYING DOWN VOCALS ON DEMOS (FOR COPYRIGHTING PURPOSES) IN HOPES OF MAKING IT BIG IN LOS ANGELES.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 07:01 PM

When people find out you're a producer, they'll immediately tell you about their friend who can (or thinks they can) sing. This is how I've met the majority of singers and bands I've worked or plan to work with. Chances are if a singer is trying to find a gig on Craigslist, there's a reason nobody has snatched them up yet. Talent quickly becomes known even on the smallest scales. People who are serious about and good at making music will find each other quickly, so you have to be on top of your game and be on the lookout at all times.

Get over any anxiety or shyness right away. If you find somebody you want to work with, make it known and pursue them.

Go to your local open mics, I'm sure L.A. has quite a few. You might get lucky and find somebody interested in working on your type of music, though I imagine a lot of it would be singer/songwriters who prefer their style as well as writing their own stuff.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:56 PM

Just a thought but ASCAP or BMI? Don't really know if they are organizations for vocalists as well but they might be a resource.

It may just a matter of having the patience to weed through the chaff. There are plenty of good vocalists out there languishing in obscurity. Some don't have the "looks" or the connections to get the recognition their voices may deserve. Just a personal observation.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:04 PM

You could try these guys...although I don't know much about them.

http://www.bandmix.com/

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