Sound-alikes are pieces of music that are meant to be in a similar style to well known musical artists. The record should allow the listener a similar feeling and tone while still being original. Music libraries quite often are limited to small budgets and cannot work in sync licenses for the real artist’s recording and composition. Because of this, it is more realistic to utilize a sound-alike recording in the same vein.
As a songwriter wanting to write sound-alikes, you want to take influence from the original band without infringing on their copyright. First set your song at a similar tempo. This ensures the overall vibe will remain. A few beats per minute difference would be smart. Do to use a different key. Study the original’s chord progression and arrangement. Make sure you write a different progression whilst retaining the feel. Another important aspect is instrumentation. You’ll want to use tracks that are included on the referenced record, aiming for tone and arrangement in their style.
Lyrically, aim for text that relate the general concept yet are original enough to be considered a great song unto itself. If your singing style is not similar enough to the band’s you will want to find with a session singer who can convincingly sing the intended genre. This factor is very important to convincing the listener.
Once you have finished recording all of your instruments and vocals, the production also needs to use similar techniques as the recording artist. Read interviews covering the artist’s production process in detail. The music producer usually covers what gear was used and how they approached processing certain tracks. If you have a decent home studio, you should be able to complete the process at home. However, sometimes hiring a mixing engineer to polish the recording will make your song to sound its best. No matter where you decide to mix the production it is smart to have the song mastered by a dedicated mastering house. Send both the original song and your composition so the engineer can model something very similar in comparison.
Now that you have perfected your soundalike writing process, your music can start to be signed to music libraries. If the songs are good enough and fit the right situation, the music can generate a great source of income via sync licensing and back-end public performance royalties.