Doug Diamond

Doug Diamond

Title: Music Supervisor, Engineer, Producer, Composer
Genres: Rock, Pop, Country, Adult Contemporary, Soundtracks
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Bio: Engineer/Producer/Music Supervisor Doug Diamond has been writing, recording, producing, mixing and mastering music for most… read more

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song: Roots
artist: Amy Elizabeth

genre: Folk - Americana
stats: playlists: 1 | song plays: 74
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Country

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Roots

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Your list: Ashley McBryde, Courtney Marie Andrews

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Love & Relationships - Relationship

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Friendly - Pleasant

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
5/5

Quality of the Hook
5/5

Quality of the Verses
5/5

Quality of the Chorus
5/5

Quality of the Breaks
5/5

Quality of Instrumentation
5/5

Quality of Arrangement
5/5

Quality of the Melody
5/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
5/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
5/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
5/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
5/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
5/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
5/5

Quality of the Meter
5/5

Quality of Keyboards
5/5

Quality of Guitar
5/5

Quality of Bass
5/5

Quality of Percussion
5/5

Quality of Other Instruments
5/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
5/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
5/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
5/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
5/5

Quality of Vocal
5/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
5/5

Quality of Mix
4/5

Originality of Song
5/5

Overall Rating
5/5

Quality of the Title
5/5

General Comments

Hi Amy -

Thanks for letting me know about your song, "Roots". I really like it. I've listened to it over-and-over and believe it has the makings of a hit song (however you want to define that). The performances are excellent. The lyrics are good. The main melody / hook is very good. I like the songwriting in general. There are only a couple tweaks I would suggest (in next section below). Know that you are REALLY close in my opinion to something great that could work in a variety of scenarios. Excellent work!

For the style of song this is, combined with the vocals, instrumental performances, and "sound" - really is a perfect combination; well done.

This song sounds like something you'd hear on Country Radio and with a few adjustments, that could actually be feasible.

Be sure to link to your website front-and-center from your Broadjam profile as I could not easily find it when looking. As you're not using your last name, it makes it more of a challenge when searching for more info. I wanted to find out more about you, but realized it was more difficult than I thought it would be. It appears you have excellent pics and social media, so that's good, but as a music supervisor, I often don't have time to dig for info, so you gotta make it easy and obvious. Having what the industry calls the "full package" is essential these days and I believe you do.

I'll address your questions in the next section, but would like for you to contact me via my site at www.diamondigitalmedia.com. I think we can probably do some work together.

Thanks again.


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Everything! Evaluate for lyrics, songwriting, potential for film/tv use, performance, etc. Thanks so much!

Pro's Answer/Comments:

I would say that this song's best attributes make it a better match for radio first and foremost. It could certainly work in the context of the perfect sync scenario too - film, TV, maybe a travel commercial, etc. I'd steer you towards radio first though, which of course is very difficult to get on because that's generally major label artists that get those slots. You could start with college radio though, that's definitely doable.

Before you do that though, here is my first suggestion for radio and in general: It's too long. Coming in at 5:20 it's about a minute (or more) too long for most radio applications. I think it's fine to have this version (maybe as the "album" version - longer, non-edited, etc.). For radio, you'll need to cut it down. Honestly, for serious sync consideration, you will need a shorter version too because many music sups won't listen to a long that's nearly 5 1/2 minutes long - they figure you haven't done your due diligence and culled it down to only the best-of-the-best parts of the song. Rewriting is the key to success. Bring in another writer if you have trouble getting it down to something more manageable, like 4-minutes or so.

That's really my main suggestion.

The only other thing I noticed is that the main guitar (left channel) seems just SLIGHTLY too loud at times (a dB or so, not much...); it almost drowns out your lovely vocals sometimes, which means it needs a slight tweak because covering that up is not something we'd want to do. Love your vocals.

Otherwise, I think, your song is golden! Great work and please stay in touch.


Quote From Pro:

Amy Elizabeth's "Roots" is Country / Americana nearly at its finest. Great performances. Great vocals. Excellent songwriting. It has all the makings of what should be a hit song and belongs on radio.


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