My demo tape of beats...is..well...for lack of a better word, Donutty.
There's no melodramatic string intro or anything, it's just minute or under a minute samples of strong points of beats.
Now, whether or not I send it out on that tip or with full joints (on some 16 bars/hook/16 bars/hook/16 bars/hook/outro), should I watermark it? They could just end up relooping it if it's sampled and I won't ever hear from those niggas again.
You know what? Fuck it, here's a better question; what's the best way to format a demo? There we go...
2. "RE: Should you watermark a demo tape?" In response to Reply # 0
I would put a decent length track together for each beat... at least 2:30 or so.... b/c a lot of times cats like to freestyle/write to a beat before they decide they like it.
As for drops/voicetags/watermarks, avoid them. A little plug or drop at the beginning of a beat, and maybe the occasional, non-intrusive shout-out of your name avaery once and a while is ok, but nothing that obscures the beat to the point that it can't be rhymed over. Sounds wrong... you dont actually want it used before its paid for... however, you want the artist to be able to find out if he can use it, and with tons of voice tags littering the beat, it might be an automatic "no" in their eyes.
Finally, I'd put about 10-20 good beats on a CD. Mine usually have about 14-16. This is a tough thing to do, because I always feel like the artist could have fallen in love with a beat I didn't put on there. But, as long as you include a one-sheet or letter with contact information stressing the fact that these are just samples of a few beats, and that there are plenty where these came from, you should be good. And as hard as it is, you may want to try to cater the beats on each CD to the artist you are sending each to.