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Old 11-06-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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Exclamation About EPs

Why do singers make Eps?
Why it's better to make an EP before publishing a full album?

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:34 AM   #2
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I have no clue. My guess would be it's less of a work to do, easier to organize and plan, cheaper and so on
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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Shorter working time, cheaper, etc. Also if you only have a few song for an album, it's really helpful and the songs can reused on a full lenght album. I don't do any EPs, instead I publish my songs as they're recorded, then I'll arrange them to an album.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:57 AM   #4
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If I have enough songs for a full album and my own studio then what should I do first? EP or start to work on my first album?
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:04 AM   #5
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You could start with an album.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:15 AM   #6
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they are too lazy to produce a complete album, and EP's with 3 good songs are better than an album with 3 good songs.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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....and EP's with 3 good songs are better than an album with 3 good songs.
Great advice there.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:11 AM   #8
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they are too lazy to produce a complete album, and EP's with 3 good songs are better than an album with 3 good songs.


Exactly.

You create an E.P. because when you're first putting stuff out there, you need every song to be as good as it can be. Your album is only as good as your worst song. It's also not about owning your own stuido unless you're also a professional-quality recording engineer.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:31 AM   #9
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If a band is just starting out and they wanna get signed, they will make an ep with 3 solid songs as opposed to 10 shit songs because not everyone has 1353625344 dollars to spend on recording.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:20 PM   #10
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Furthermore, unless you're signed to a label which is publishing and distributing CDs for you, the vast majority of yours sales will be digital downloads. And people cherry-pick tracks off albums when they buy digital downloads. (Album sales have plummeted. Singles sales have gone up.)

Releasing 3 or 4 songs encourages people to buy the whole thing. And, again, with limited resources it's a lot easier to get 3 songs just right than it is to get 10 songs just right, and that's assuming that you really have 10 great songs.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:55 AM   #11
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Is it normal to release an EP with 4 songs as a CD? Or Eps are for online shops only?
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:02 PM   #12
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Is it normal to release an EP with 4 songs as a CD? Or Eps are for online shops only?


I've seen physical copies of EPs, the thing is they might not sell as well in general, but would be good to sell at shows
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:42 PM   #13
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And EP vs an LP is just a matter of the track listing/length...
I know tons of bands that have released EPs after doing full lengths.

A lot of time bands just starting out will record an EP, because: It's cheaper to record fewer songs, and gives you the ability to really cherry pick and focus on songs that you want to represent your sound.

It's much harder to write/record a cohesive full length.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:36 PM   #14
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It's much harder to write/record a cohesive full length.


this is a big one personally. i'm working on writing an "EP" (read: a cheap/free e-release with only a handful of songs) so i have a foundation live and so i have some material out there so people can get a taste of what i'm doing while i develop a concept album i've started storyboarding and toying with even now

this goes heavily with the idea that you want to release the album after you have a fanbase so you can either a) get label support/attention or b) get a good understanding of your fanbase without putting too much out there in one sitting

plus yeah it's a lot faster and easier - EPs are the new demos, but they don't sound (quite so much) like shit
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