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TAXI’s Michael Laskow on Demo Quality

Short yet to the point video of TAXI’s Michael Laskow about the quality of demos. Basically the message is that a badly produced great song is better than a great-sounding average one. Duh!

The only thing he does not mention is that these days, the quality of demos keeps going up all the time. Sure, some people can ear a song regardless of production, but most can’t. Even when I’m playing a song to fellow songwriters, I’m always surprised at how much they want to be impressed with the production. Everybody wants to ear a record.

Be safe: make the production as good as possible. No one will turn down your song for being too well recorded.

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2 thoughts on “TAXI’s Michael Laskow on Demo Quality

  1. I love Randy Bachman but I think that even him would not really take offence to that. He has a weekly radio show here in Canada and often relates having been turned down in the past by various people, even for obvious hits.

    I’m not sure he put forth his best material through TAXI, since he already has direct contact to the label owners, managers and other industry big wigs. He propbably sent his “B-Stock” thinking “what the heck, it’s worth a shot”. I would have done the same 😉

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