The Song Studio - Commissioned Original Music - Songs for Any Occasion

Frequently Asked Questions

::- Who is DB?
::- Are references available?
::- What's an example of a straightforward project?
::- What's an example of a more involved project?
::- Can DB work directly with my party planner, DJ or band?
::- How long does it take?
::- How much does it cost?
::- What about copyright and ownership?
::- Does The Song Studio have a confidentiality policy?


::- Who is DB?

DB is a talented songwriter, musician and producer with the vision and drive to make music personal again.  Writing a song that speaks to a specific person, life situation, or occasion, and truly touches those who listen is the best reward for a creative artist.  DB strives to make music that is both accessible and impactful in a personal way.

DB has composed and performed since the age of 8 and is a skilled guitarist, pianist, bassist, drummer and vocalist, along with other string, percussion and electronic instruments.  He is expert in digital recording and production techniques and well-versed in all genres of popular music.

DB has performed in many different types of musical groups including rock, pop, funk, big band jazz, jazz/rock fusion, folk, post-punk, and more.  He has composed and performed music in all of these styles and others, and is influenced by artists and composers from all genres, from classical to rock, R&B to country, jazz to pop.  Learn more about DB.

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::- Are references available?

Yes, DB will provide references upon request.  Be sure also to view the Testimonials page for accolades from clients and listeners, along with song samples.

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::- What's an example of a straightforward project?

You'd like to commission a 3 - 5 minute song that contains common instruments like guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and vocals, and you'd like to receive a CD and framed lyrics for presentation to your loved one.  You may (or may not) have some lyrical ideas to contribute and some guidance to provide regarding the genre of music that your loved one likes the best.  You have an occasion in mind that's at least 2 months away.

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::- What's an example of a more involved project?

A more involved project could include some or all of the following:
- Special instrumentation (e.g., horns) or vocals (e.g., a female rhythm and blues singer)
- Collaboration with you or others on either the songwriting or recording of tracks
- Performance of your song at a special occasion or party
- Production of a music video or montage
- Creation of an original painting of your lyrics
- A short timeframe (less than 2 months)

Virtually any request can be accommodated:  If you want to propose to your loved one by way of a music video of your song, it can be done!  If your child wants to perform an original song with his or her budding band at a bar or bat mitzvah reception or sweet sixteen, it can be done!  If you want to sing your song to your loved one in front of family and friends, but have never done anything like that before, it can be done!

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::- Can DB work directly with my party planner, DJ, or band?

Absolutely.  Once DB understands the kind of song you'd like and how you'd like it presented, he is more than happy to coordinate directly with whomever is planning or coordinating your event to ensure that the presentation of your song is everything you want it to be.

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::- How long does it take?

For straightforward projects, a 2 month lead time is strongly suggested, though shorter timeframes can be accommodated.  For more involved projects, the lead time will be longer and will depend upon the scope of the commission.

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::- How much does it cost?

The commission fee will vary depending on how you'd like your song to be arranged, recorded and presented.  All commissions are priced via custom quotation.  Learn more.

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::- What about copyright and ownership?

All original compositions are copyrighted and the copyright is held and administered by The Song Studio.  If you make substantive contributions to the lyrics or music of the song, you will be credited as a co-author (should you so desire.)  The contract for your commissioned song will state that any future royalties derived from the song will be split evenly between The Song Studio and you or your designee.  In other words, if your song ever finds its way to a larger audience, you will receive half of the royalties!

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::- Does The Song Studio have a confidentiality policy?

The Song Studio holds each client relationship in the strictest of confidence.  Personal information that you provide will never be used for any purpose other than for the creation and presentation of your song, unless you explicitly consent otherwise.  DB understands the need for discretion and realizes as well that your commissioned song may be intended as a surprise for your loved one!

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