Production Proposal for Danny Marks

Let's create something that you will be really proud of.

Hi Danny,

You’ve written songs you believe in and you have a dream for your release. Now it’s time to collaborate with someone to bring your music to its fullest potential.

As your producer, I bring all my resources and experience as an award winning record producer, collaborator, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, and audio engineer to help you turn your vision into an amazing sounding recording that you and your fans can enjoy for the rest of your lives.

What You Get

THE IMPORTANT STUFF

Song Development

In folk, roots, Americana, rock, and blues the song is the most important part of the production. If you’re recording an album or a single, you might have a number of songs to choose from. I help pick the right songs to record and then work with you on the arrangement. This might include lyrics, chord progressions, melodic changes, or structure. I offer honest, trusted feedback which gives you the opportunity to refine your songwriting and grow as an artist.

Vision

Whether you’re doing a full album or a single song, it’s vital to have a clear aesthetic vision and project goals. Through pre-production conversations, listening to other artists that have inspired your work, and exploring a variety of instrumentation and different approaches, I help you crystallize a vision for the music.

Guitars and more

My usual process is to take your scratch and orchestrate layers over top. These might include electric guitars, acoustic guitars, resonator, mandolin, or banjo (or a combination).

Some songs might need a melodic hook or riff. Some tunes need a great solo. I’m happy to work with you to find the right approach.

The song might also need other instrument such as bass, drums, or keyboards. If so, I will find you the best players for the job and guide the recording process.

Professional Sound

I record in a professional studio with a world class analog recording chain. The room is tuned for studio recordings. The gear list includes beautiful mics, preamps, instruments, and guitar amps.

NOT SO OBVIOUS STUFF

Project management, accountability, and collaboration

Tackling a recording is a big project with a lot of steps. Doing it alone is really tough as there are a lot of technical, artistic, and logistical challenges. I help artists incrementally break down high level goals into bite sized tasks so they can accomplish their dream sound on time and on budget.

Authenticity

Stand out from the crowd by creating something truly authentic to you. One of the most common pieces of feedback I get from artists is that they feel safe creating with me. Making art can be vulnerable and I strive for the process to be meaningful, organic, and super fun.

Here's what is NOT included

These are the things that are not included in the price. While not part of my fee, I will help you find the right people and to help guide the process.

Session Musicians

I play electric guitars, acoustic guitars, resonators, mandolins, and banjo. Often I play bass on recordings and sometimes I program drums and keys. If your songs needs other session players (most do), I will connect you will my network of amazing, world-class players, who also happen to be awesome people.

Mixing (sort of)

My focus as a producer is on understanding and helping realize a vision, arranging great songs, playing a bunch of instruments, and creating supportive sounds. I will send you production mixes of your songs as we go. They will have the sonic imprint of what we’re going for, but aren’t intended as final release-ready mixes. For some artists and budgets, my mixes work great and can be sent to mastering, If on your recording we decide to get an external mixing engineer, I will find the right person for your music and budget and be there to guide the process.

Mastering

Mastering is final step to make an song or album release-ready. Mastering engineers provide the final set of ears on the song ensure the mix is clear on all devices and platforms. I will find the right person for your music and budget and help you gather the information you will need to ensure you receive all royalties for your music.

The Process and Timeline

STEP 1: PROPOSAL

This proposal gives you an overview of what is included, what is not included, what to expect, the timeline, the investment, the next steps, and the terms and conditions.

Once you’ve had a chance to look everything over, you can pay the balance below.

STEP 1: PROPOSAL
STEP 2: PRE-PRODUCTION

Discussion about project goals, visions, influences, and what you hope the project will achieve for your music and career.

STEP 2: PRE-PRODUCTION
STEP 3: PRE-PRODUCTION

Upload demo tracks of all the songs you are considering recording. We will use these recordings to work on arrangements, songwriting, and ultimately select which songs to record.

STEP 3: PRE-PRODUCTION
STEP 4: PRE-PRODUCTION

Create “scratch tracks” or “guide tracks” (typically recorded to a click track) of the selected songs

STEP 4: PRE-PRODUCTION
STEP 5: PRODUCTION

Using the scratch tracks, we will layer the instruments I play, include any session players, and add great sounds and textures. We will work closely together, communicating every step of the way.

STEP 5: PRODUCTION
STEP 6: PRODUCTION

Once the elements are in the production, we will shift our focus to the lead and background vocals.

STEP 6: PRODUCTION
STEP 7: MIX/MASTER

If everything sounds good, we find the right mixing and mastering engineers to put the elements together and follow the vision for the project.

STEP 7: MIX/MASTER

Investment

Production Deposit Number of Songs
$100 1

Subtotal:

$100

GST/HST:

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Grand Total:

$113

Currency:

CAD

Proposal created November 26, 2020. Valid for 14 days

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Joel is a guitarist/producer and composer based in Toronto, and a unique voice in the Canadian and American music scenes. He specializes in electric guitar.

As an in-demand freelance musician, Joel has collaborated with a diverse range of artists. Recent credits include Birds of Chicago, Amelia Curran, Matthew and Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Jessica Mitchell, Aviva Chernick, Andrea Koziol, Dione Taylor, Lydia Persaud, Jadea Kelly, and many others. He is thrilled to sometimes play mandolins and guitars in the original hit musical, Come From Away.

Joel has produced records for Dione Taylor, Lindsay Foote, Aviva Chernick, Gathering Sparks, and Jadea Kelly and many others.

Joel’s contributions on guitars, mandolins, slide, and banjo can be heard on several film and television scores by Ari Posner, Amin Bhatia, Stacey Hersh, Rob Carli, and Jim McGrath.

Joel studied jazz performance at Humber College and has trained with some of Canada’s most celebrated jazz players including Don Thompson, Ted Quinlan, David Occhipinti, Jerry Granelli, and Don Palmer.

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