Most musicians get started by singing along to their favorite songs, picking up guitars and strumming out the chords – or banging the rhythms out on the drums. We all have to play covers as original musicians to keep our audience engaged, too – since people need familiarity to place your sounds and stories in context with sounds and songs they’ve already heard. I have often covered Annie Lennox, both because her songwriting is incredible and because the connection to her voice and artistry is one I wanted to draw as a performer.
In any case, when you decide to RECORD the songs, you have to take a few more steps. So, I recently wrote an article on how to record a cover song. Not on how to set up the mic (like Pomplamoose, pictured here)… but on getting the permission/clearance to release it on your album and distribute, whether it be on CD, iTunes, YouTube, or what have you.
It’s actually easier than you think – but costs around $100-150 on average per song, so if you’re planning a revival cover album, plan on a Kickstarter campaign before hitting record.