of the Diva
by Dan Carrone / Opinion
this day and age of technology, every female
vocalist must come to the realization that
there is a human being behind them that
makes them a diva. Without the music, no
one would be dancing to their acapella.
I hate to be so blunt, but I see to many
young ladies who can sing and think that
is all that is required of them to be rich
and famous. They feel because they have
placed their vocals & lyrics on top of a
track that people should bow before them.
This is just non-sense. The music is just
as important as the vocals. The drums, melody
and rhythm helps give the listener a better
feel of the emotions being expressed. It
is the mixing of the two elements from both
parties that create the magic of the track.
vocalist that only sings and maybe writes
lyrics get off easy. The hard part is the
creation of the track, the production of
the track and the mix down of the track
with the vocals. Most of the time you must
use auto tuning software on the vocalist
to repair their mistakes. What makes most
of the vocalists sound so great is the recipe
of effects the producer uses on their voices.
it wasn’t for the producers there would
be no divas. Sure Gloria Gaynor brought
something unique to the disco classic “I
Will Survive”, but the music in this track
is an emotional rollercoaster. She could
not have expressed such great heart & soul
without such an emotional track under her.
in mid 2006’ I met a young lady after I
had posted a message online looking for
a female vocalist to appear on some tracks.
When we first met she was very humble. She
was happy to be getting the chance to sing
on some tracks. I agreed with her that any
profit that comes from the music projects
we collaborate on together I would split
began to make tracks together. The power
between us was amazing. The first two tracks
were very good. The creative power together
was amazing. I would write a beat with the
basic melody and send it to her over the
Internet in mp3 format. She would then write
a song to this beat I created. Then she
would record her vocals for me as I would
work on the track getting it ready for vocals.
After she sent me her vocals, I would mix
them into our song.
process was complicated because I was not
in a studio with her to direct her on how
I wanted her to sing; it was very hard doing
we first started working together and I
saw the power between us, I warned her of
what I call fiends. A fiend is basically
a hater except a fiend will want what you
have that they hate on. They will then conspire
to take or ruin what you have so they can
have it. Just like a dope fiend. If a fiend
wants something you have, they will get
it one way or another. I knew that there
would be jealous producers that would try
to step in between us.
we had completed a few tracks, I began to
create product and promote us. Everything
I did for us was out my personal pocket.
Never once did she offer to help with any
of the costs. If anything she only expected
money. I pressed a CD and 2 records. I also
promoted our work. I spent over $3000 dollars
on product and promotion of our projects.
The total revenue from this investment is
about $1200 dollars. This is not even half
of what I invested into our work.
tone with my vocalist began to change after
the 3rd solid track we created. She began
accusing me of stealing from her. She told
me that others were telling her what I was
really making from her. Today I laugh because
what I warned her about happened. She was
listening to other producers who were not
in my shoes, judging me. Of course they
will bad mouth me if it means you will sing
after this she began working with other
producers. I will not lie, I felt betrayed.
I enjoyed the magic we had and I saw no
reason why she needed to work with other
producers. If she was trying to gain fame
then more power to her. I will not stand
in her way. It just blows what I thought
we were doing together, even though I did
all the work and paid out all the expenses.
figured these new producers were the ones
she was talking to behind my back. The same
ones that were filling her head with thoughts
that I was getting rich off of her. Even
today I laugh at that. In this business,
it is possible to hit it with one track,
but in most cases artists and bands can
take 10 years of hard work to make a name
for them selves. That is a lot of commitment
that most who try do not have. At this point
in my career, I had been producing for 7
years. I had showed my commitment and heart.
She had only been singing on tracks a few
months. She was getting an easy ride, but
as in most cases it was not good enough
for the diva.
her attitude pushed me away from her. I
began to get tired of her moaning all the
time about how I wasn’t making her a star
fast enough. She had become demanding, expecting
me to send her money when she wanted it.
I could not help her. There was no money.
I did agree to split the profits, but this
includes losses too. The revenue is still
in the negative compared to costs. There
is no money to give her.
was not good enough for the diva so I let
her go. I figured maybe she will appreciate
it more if she has to work herself for it.
What I had done for her was much more than
beyond the call of duty. What I was doing
for her was something I only wish someone
would have done for me when I was only one
year into the scene. You would think that
a rational human being would be grateful
for what has been done for them, especially
when someone spent over $3000 dollars on
them out of their personal pocket. Let us
not forget about the time invested, the
opportunity presented and the exposure.
How could you not be grateful for these
I let go of her, she began spreading her
vocals from tracks we created together to
other producers all over the Internet. Still
as of now, I have no idea why. I have seen
way too many remixes of tracks that we wrote
together. The best part is none of these
kids give credit to me for writing the original
the vocalist and I made our first or any
song together, we created what is called
a joint work. Since we had no contract,
copyright law would hold that both of us
each own an undivided interest in the whole
of the copyright. This means in essence
that we each own 50% and you can each exploit
the entire work so long as you account and
pay royalties to the other. What she is
doing is copyright infringement and exposes
herself, the remixer / producer who changed
the works and any website exploiting those
works without my permission to legal action