Here are my top 10 reasons why an EP is better than an LP, especially for an obscure artist.
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- I'm not popular enough for an LP: No one is going to invest 45 to 60 minutes of their time listening to my entire LP. 20 minutes is possible.
- Building on the first reason: I can select one strong song to lead off each EP. I have three really strong songs. If I put them all on an LP, two would get lost in the later tracks.
- Its quicker to record and release an EP than an LP. If I release an EP every 4-6 months as opposed to an LP every two years I can build momentum from each release.
- EP's are more affordable: I can get CD-R's and jackets printed for much less with a recording <20 minutes. I can easily sell these for $5.00. Its much harder to make people part with $10.00 to $20.00 when you are an obscure musician
- I can have merch to sell at shows now rather than in the two years it would take me to release an LP.
- The three EP's can be converted into an LP. In two years I'll have had 4 products to sell and promote rather than one.
- I can release each one to coincide with a string of live gigs.
- I'll get better at home recording, mixing and mastering because I will be continually be in a recording mode,mixing and mastering mode.
- I can experiment more. Have a really weird idea? If its a three or four song release and it flops, then I haven't invested a lot of time or effort. I can go lo-fi for a release, experimental, avante garde, slick pop. This sounds quite fun actually.
- Experimenting more will stretch my song writing, playing and depth.
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