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OCT 16, 2013

Top tips for making your first music video

Once upon a time music videos were only in the grasp of the few musicians who had a recording deal. Now, as the world of technology races forward, anyone, whether you’re a band, a solo artist or an orchestra can shoot a video.

And, it’s easy. Here we’re going to give you a few tips to help ensure that your music video turns out the way that you want it to.

The song choice

The whole point of a video is to accompany and promote a song. You need to decide which song is worthy of a video. Do you have one that’s popular with your fans? Something that’s catchy or that everyone knows the lyrics to? This is the one you should choose. Not that off-beat B-Side that only a handful of people have heard before.

If you’re in a band then this decision might prove to be a little tricky. The drummer might think one song is suitable whilst the guitarist thinks another. If this is the case, take to your social media and ask the people who listen to your music what song they would like to see a video for.

Keep the fans happy.

The recording

Now you know what song it is you’re filming the video for, you need to make sure that you have an adequate recording. A rough demo recorded in your friends basement probably isn’t going to cut it.

You want people to watch the video right? That’s the whole point. And people will only watch it if the song is good quality. Head out to a recording studio like Jam Studios and lay the track down. Professional music production companies will help you fine tune that sound.

If you already have an awesome recording then you’re ready to start planning the video.

The theme

You know what song you’re shooting for, you have the recording but what’s going to happen in the video? Good music videos usually have some form of narrative but this isn’t necessarily a must. There are plenty of weird and wonderful videos out there that have gone viral.

Consider your song choice. What’s the song about? What style of music is it? Could you use the lyrics in the song to form the video? Perhaps there’s a location that’s associated with your band that you could film in, i.e a music venue you regularly play in?

The theme and style of your video is probably the most important part. Don’t rush it. Take your time bouncing ideas around.

The crew

I’m going to go ahead and guess that you don’t have much experience when it comes to filming. Plus, you might want to be in the video meaning that you can’t film it.

You’re going to have to find yourself a crew of people who have experience shooting videos if you want a quality music vid. Here at Jam Studios we have plenty of experience and have filmed music videos for different people all of whom have a different style of music!

Post production

Once the video has been shot, don’t think it’s over. You’re going to have a lot of raw footage, most of which needs work. If you’ve hired a production company like ourselves then we’ll be able to edit the video together for you.

Make sure you sit in on the editing process though. Remember, this is your video so you want to be able to direct the editor towards your final vision.

Creating a music video for your song is great way to promote and with websites like Youtube, you can instantly make it available to millions of people.

Good luck.

Created on 16th October 2013
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