The Internet has brought us all closer. Now it is easier than ever to find productive collaborations with fellow musicians from around the world.
We are living in a golden age. Do you think local artists don’t fit your bill? Who cares! You can hire anyone from anywhere in the world with just a tap on your smartphone.
Despite the presence of many people calling themselves ‘singers’, it can be quite hard to find professional and receptive vocalists, ready to work at your track with diligence and enthusiasm.
Luckily, there are tons of resources online to find the perfect singer for you.
However, there is a downside. Finding collaborators through online platforms can sometimes feel rather impersonal. The mediation of a website can often make you think that on the other side of the net there is a robot, not a person.
When dealing with potential collaborators, always keep in mind that they have a life outside of their work. Be aware of the barrier represented by online communication. You can’t look the other person in the eye while telling them how you would like your track to be, so write a super-clear brief, including all the material they might need in order to do the work. It is also a good idea to get in touch with the person you chose before committing with an order.
Now that we covered this necessary premise, let’s see where you can find the right singer for your track.
Facebook and other social media
As commonplace as it may sound, Facebook and all the other social media you already use in your everyday life, either for work or pleasure, can be extremely helpful to find the best vocalist for your song.
The most precious resources are probably Facebook groups. A lot of musicians around the world joined specific Facebook groups to find work and/or collaborations. Have a throughout look at this resource and you may not need to look elsewhere.
Alternatively, check some appropriate hashtags on Instagram or Twitter. Try with your main genre and see if there’s any interesting artist you could contact and hire.
You could also find the right singer for your track through an online freelancing platform.
Fiverr is probably the most known one. It features freelancers from all over the world and in all different fields, from marketing to writing, from designing to singing.
Fiverr is not specifically directed at music producers and musicians, but it is very easy to select only the freelancers working in the field of your interest.
You can choose among several categories, such as Graphics & Design, Digital Marketing, Writing & Translation, Video & Animation, Business, Programming & Tech, or Lifestyle. The category you’ll want to focus on is Music & Audio.
By entering the Music & Audio category, you’ll then be able to choose among Voice Over providers, Mixing & Mastering engineers, Composers, and so on. You’ll want to focus either on Session Musicians & Singers or Singer-Songwriters.
You will see hundreds of different offers from very different artists. To make the research less difficult and quicker, try looking for a keyword. You could search the genre of your song or any particular detail you may need (for example: ‘opera singers’).
Once you’ve picked one of the many offers, Fiverr allows you to message the seller, so that you can familiarize with them, explain your project, and understand whether you found your match.
Otherwise, you can directly place an order. The prices will be displayed on the profile of the freelancer of your choice.
You also have a third option: you can post your job details on your buyer profile and wait for freelancers to apply.
There is a platform like Fiverr focused on music production. Its name is SoundBetter and it was recently acquired by Spotify. This piece of information should give you some indications about its quality and smooth functioning.
With SoundBetter you can either look through different singers’ profiles or you can post your job and wait for them to apply. Only Pro users can respond to your job, so you will exclusively deal with the most professional and motivated freelancers on the platform.
SoundBetter artists can set their prices, so, as with Fiverr, you can instantly know whether their fee is within your budget or not.
With SoundBetter too you can message freelancers directly so that you can know them a bit more before placing the order.
Just like SoundBetter, Vocalizr focuses on the music industry. This platform is even more specific than the previous one, as it only features profiles of music producers and vocalists.
While SoundBetter also showcases engineers, instrumentalists, songwriters, and many other industry professionals, Vocalizr is designed for producers to get in touch with singers. Full stop.
However, the functioning of this platform is slightly different.
On Vocalizr, singers don’t choose their price. The music producer, instead, sets a budget he or she is happy to work with. At this point, singers will start bidding or applying to the job and the producer will be able to choose the preferred one, according to the fee they bid and their abilities.
These three freelancing platforms, together with social media, represent the best resources to find the perfect singer for your tracks online.
Remember that the keyword here is: humanity. Don’t get misled by online communication. When dealing with your freelancer, try to add a personal touch. It will make the collaboration more enjoyable and fruitful.