recording bassline fee

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Pitsaras, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Pitsaras


    Dec 26, 2011
    a colleague of mine wants me to think and record a bassline, a melody that goes with a piano part and then it can be used alone with vocals. it's probably 20 to 35 seconds of music but it requires some analysis of the song and the chords. she keeps asking how much will it cost. both of us have no idea how much i should be paid because i am a gigging bassist and she is a dj. how much should i ask?
  2. Tell her i'll do it for free :)
  3. Pitsaras


    Dec 26, 2011
    hahaha yeah. seriously though. she is applying pressure on the subject. i have no clue what to ask for
  4. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    How much time do you estimate it will take you? A hour or two? Could be $50, could be $500. Is she a friend? $50 and a writing credit then.
  5. Dbt25677


    Jun 9, 2013
    Haha. It's a female so it'll be free.
    If it were a male, $499
  6. I<34080


    Oct 7, 2007
    North Carolina
    Case of beer
  7. You might want to fill out your profile a little more - as it is, there's no information that might help people give you an informed and helpful answer. Your location, experience, etc... may give people clues as to what a reasonable rate might be.
  8. Pitsaras


    Dec 26, 2011
    21 years old, playing bass for 3 years. knowledge of basic theory harmony and more. playing in bands and gigging for the last 2 years.
  9. Pitsaras


    Dec 26, 2011
    i live in greece the girl is currently writing an album in hopes of finding sponsors or a record label, she need a bassline to go over a piano melody. the bassline should be able to stand later in the song with a vocal line
  10. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    If the bass line is independent of the keyboard and vocal melody I'd suggest writing credit and no fee. This is based on the total situation. Also it'd be nice to have a shot at laying down the "real" track if a deal gets done. The experience will be far more valuable to you than a few bucks in your pocket.
  11. Pitsaras


    Dec 26, 2011
    the bass line is totally dependent on the keyboard and vocal lines. i didn't actually understand what you said about the real track. my english is not that good ;)