The Art of the Cover Song (and Doing it Legit-Style)

The Art of the Cover Song (and Doing it Legit-Style)

Just yesterday, our friends from the band Worst Kept Secret released a video for their cover of Broadway by The Goo Goo Dolls:

Being fans of 90s alternative music, the fellas decided to shake up their songwriting plateau one day by covering Broadway in their practice space. It felt right as they were working together to give it the Worst Kept Secret sound, so they decided to play it live at a show. It didn't take long playing it out at shows, to realize they were onto something by covering this song. The fans really took to it, and led the band to wonder if maybe they should record the song, professionally.

Many musicians (if not all) have at one time in their lives covered a song by an artist they love. Often times, if you go to a live show, you'll likely hear at least a cover or two before the night is through. What better way to honor an artist than to perform the art they've created, with your voice and sound? But what happens when you (and your fans) enjoy your cover so much, you consider monetizing (or selling) it? 

Jared Miller from Worst Kept Secret shared some great info with me on what they did for Broadway, and how simple it is to do the right thing by your musical heroes. 

"I contacted Josh Allen from A Story Told because they have put out some successful covers, and I asked if they licensed them" Jared shared with me... "It's honestly pretty easy. There's a website (tunelicensing.com) and you pay a fee (to apply and get licensed). You either get approved or you don't. We wanted to get the full potential out of this song. Which means we wanted it available for purchase-like on iTunes and google play (to get your music on iTunes, Spotify, etc., use tunecore.com)... We knew that if we didn't pay the small fee of licensing it and someone like BMG caught wind up of it we could get a cease and desist letter or sued." No one needs or wants that. 

"Plus, imagine if it was your song someone covered and then they became like I Prevail with that Taylor swift cover, without paying a fee. You'd probably be a little upset.", Miller added. And I totally get that. 

 Photo by  Michelle Waters

The band is really happy with the recording of the song and video, which were both done in our favorite states. 

"We recorded the song in Cambridge, Ohio with Luke Bowman at Slick Sound Recording. The guy that filmed it is this really nice kid Aaron Griffin. He works for Impakt Marketing out of Morgantown. But he also owns Sure Shot Studios. We filmed it in his studio. We got the idea because his band, Wait For It, does some really cool videos so we reached out and he helped us out so much." So if you need local recording help, be sure to check these guys out. 

The single for Broadway is now live, and is available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Their upcoming debut album, Confidence | Arrogance is due out, this spring. 

Want a really awesome walk-through on how to do covers the legit way? Go here. 

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