Derrick Procell

Derrick Procell

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Rock - Americana | Deerfield, Illinois, United States
Total Song Plays: 5,701   
Member Since: 2000
   Last Login: 1/26/2019
   Sounds Like: Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman

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Teri Feaser posted 4 weeks ago to Derrick Procell


Congrats on the Blues Top 10!

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Derrick Procell posted 4 weeks ago


Thanks Teri! It's an oldie but a goodie


Teri Feaser posted 4 weeks ago


Well deserved, my friend!


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago to Derrick Procell


I know this isn't an easy question, but how do I make my songs 'radio quality'?


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Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago


You are absolutely correct! No easy answer. Let me think on it some and get back to you.


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago


ok thank you Derrick


Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago


So...as I understand it...I believe you might mean "broadcast quality". We see that a lot on Broadjam. I can't say exactly what would distinguish that level of quality from listener to listener. But here are a few things that I believe elevate a recording to that status. First, if it's a vocal song, then the vocal should be professional level...no matter the genre. Meaning, if you're not a good enough singer to sing your own songs then by all means hire someone to sing it! Make sure the vocals are clear and well placed in the mix. No cheap mics or overabundance of effects ( unless that's wha the genre calls for)
The next...and biggest component of broadcast quality is the addition of "real" instrumentation...be it guitar, horns, harmonica, etc. With all of the plug ins and loops that are available to anyone out there, producers/ music supervisors want tracks that have some real element/s on them to distinguish them from the rest of the stuff that's floating around out there. After that, it's really about a good quality mix and some mastering.
I hope that helps. Best of luck to you pitching your songs.


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago


yes that helps a lot I'm no spring chicken but when it comes to the fine details I usually let somebody else take care of it but I do like to mix things myself from time to time and I've got a pretty good ear and I sing all my songs as I've sung on my life professionally there are always live components to my songs me a guitar or keyboard and my vocals are always there so I'll just keep plugging a long and let my ear be my guide. Thank you so much for your time!


Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago


You're welcome. And thanks for being a fan!


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago to Derrick Procell


I don't even have to rate you..Your'e the top...you're the Colosseum yada yada...I'd love to collaborate if you're open to it...have some lyrics that could use your touch.

   
 
Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago to Derrick Procell


I could listen to you all day....you have enough tracks!!! LOL!

   
 
Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago to Derrick Procell


I thought it was you!

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Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago


Even when I put on my best Michael McDonald! Ha!!


Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago


You've been reviewing some of my very old stuff. Check out my latest CD, WHY I CHOOSE TO SING THE BLUES. It got a bunch of great reviews...www.DerrickAnAmerican.com /reviews


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago


Will do!


Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago to Derrick Procell


Check out my tune Harlequin Man & maybe Cold Sweat TNF

   
 
Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago to Teri Feaser


Hey Teri!
Thank you for your superlative review of my song TOO MUCH. I will say this... YOU are too much!


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Teri Feaser posted over 30 days ago


I'm well-versed in awesome music and thank YOU


Bob Bentley posted over 30 days ago to Derrick Procell


You've done it again Derrick, a very thorough review, this time of The Moonlight. Constructive and helpful as before. It's a great thought to slow it all down - I will experiment a bit with this again in due course. Very much appreciated.
Bob


   
 
Bob Bentley posted over 30 days ago to Derrick Procell


Thank you Derrick for a very fair review of Don't Know If I'm Religious. Even though it is only a demo for my publisher to pitch, I would like to have done a better vocal job on it but have found it very tough to sing. Something to do with my ageing vocal chords and the range required!!
Thanks again,
Bob


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Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago


Hey Bob. I don't know how old you are, but if you take care of you vocal chops you can sing forever (Tony Bennett, Sting, et al)
I'm 67 and in better vocal condition than my younger days (which were filled with late night partying, etc)
I'd be happy to demo stuff for you via file share. I have a nice studio, great mic (AKG C12) and I'm very reasonable.


Bob Bentley posted over 30 days ago


Thanks Derrick. I'm 71 and I look after myself quite well but have never had a particularly strong one and it's really just a question of some things, on some days, just being harder for me than they used to be. This track came out somewhere between my big voice and little voice, if that makes sense to you, and I've struggled to find a key that works across the song. I might just see what a bit of Melodyne processing can do!! My publisher (Cat Lamondt) loves the song but wants to improve the hook line so there is work to do on the song yet.
I will certainly keep your offer to demo for me in mind as you have a great voice. I guess Cat hasn't come back to you to sing on her duets?


Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago


I have not heard from her.
Like my review noted...the vocal delivery seemed to be somewhere between Kenny R. and Henley. It just needs to "sell" the tune a little better.
If you wanna learn a little more about making the most of your voice, check out my wife's book. She's been training singers for quite a long time with great success...and wrote a book about her method.
You can check her and her book out at:
www.MeredithColby.com


Bob Bentley posted over 30 days ago


Thanks' I'll check it out


Derrick Procell posted over 30 days ago to Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)


Hey Dave...
Thank you for that very kind and very thorough review of my song LOVE'S SO HARD TO FIND.
It is indeed an era song... Hence the production values. But you really got the essence of the song and I love that you dug all of the influences !
I will have to dig into some of your stuff a little more. I just listened to FALLING DEEPER and love the hypnotic vibe.


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Dave Haddad (CenterPeace) posted over 30 days ago


Thank you Derrick, you tune was very nice and thanks for giving my tunes a listen. Looking forward to the next...


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