You have your words, you have your beat, and you’ve been practicing it non-stop—now what? Well, now it’s time to actually make some music! By this point, you’ve likely already invested a lot of time, effort, energy, and potentially even money into just one track, and people can’t even hear it yet. You still have work to do before it’s out in the world, but you’re close.
In order to make a demo, you’ll either need to buy some recording equipment or find a recording studio in your area. There are plenty of microphones out there you can purchase for relatively cheap, but typically, the song you sing into such a device will sound like it was created with a cheap buy. This is alright for demos, which aren’t typically meant to be shared with the world, but they won’t do for your final takes.
As I mentioned above, your other option is to head to a recording studio, but that can get pricey, especially if you’re recording an entire album or a mixtape. Studios are usually needed for final products you’ll share with your fans (or the masses who may become your fans), and they may not be necessary for demos.
My suggestion is to buy a mic that comes cheap and set it up at home in order to record your own demos, which will help you hear if you need to tweak rhymes or phrasing. Don’t share these recordings, unless you label them as either demos or a very rough mixtape.
After months of practicing (there’s that word again), you can shell out some of your hard-earned (and saved) money for a trip to the studio to take your tunes to the next level.