Singer-songwriter and eight-time Boston Music Award winner, Melissa Ferrick talks about the process of pre-production and doing research in writing her songs and recording an album as an independent artist. Melissa tells us about having people to listen to her songs that are roughly mixed and the feed backs she gets from true fans. Melissa also shares with us why accepting help is her biggest weakness and how she coped up with it and gives some advice on getting your music out there.
” I know inside my deepest self, even if everybody says I don’t get, but it’s the love of my life song, I’m not gonna change it. ”
” Just gotta just stick with it. ”
” If you don’t like what you’re doing, you shouldn’t do it ”
– Melissa Ferrick
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- Melissa made a record in 2006 called ” In The Eyes of Strangers ” and it was on her own label and she owns the record. Melissa spent a lot of money in that record and re finance her house and spent $40, 000- $50, 000. Melissa hired an independent radio guy, who was on tour with Tegan and Sarah at that time, they weren’t as famous as they are yet and they were playing in Philadelphia. Melissa hired a radio guy to work the record. She had a song in her album called ” Never, Never Give Up”. Melissa felt that it was a song that could work at radio. Melissa had a phone conversation with this guy and was charging him $8,000 to work the record for 2 months. Melissa told him that Melissa is writing the check in her own check book and she is trusting him that he’s gonna work these records. The guy said yes and promised to work the record, but he did not work the record. Melissa did not get any report from him. The guy went on vacation and never emailed Melissa. Melissa never heard anything from the guy. The guy all of a sudden showed up in Melissa’s show at the Theater Living Arts in Philadelphia and even went backstage. From then on, Melissa never hired independent radio promoters anymore.
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