WHY YOU NEED EXTENDED PLAYS (E.Ps) AS A MUSICIAN
Often times, when new releases are spoken of by musicians, they are mostly referring to their new single or the album. Many times, when the fans get the opportunity to speak with their favorite musician, one of the most asked question is; ‘when is the next album coming out?’. However, not much credence is given to EP’s in general. Our focus in this piece is to briefly highlight some of the benefits of releasing Extended Plays (E.P) for musicians.
What is an Extended Play? This often referred to as EP, is a musical record or compilation that contains more than one track but still, isn’t an album. It is often made up of three to eight songs and usually not as capital intensive as an album. Here are some benefits of releasing EP’s as a musician:
less time to record
Recording a new project is never an easy undertaking, especially when the demand for that project is really high. In recording an EP, the process and time aren’t as gruesome and time-consuming as it is with recording an album or a Long Play (LP). The latter sometimes would take weeks and months to record and re-record. One of the benefits of Eps, therefore, is that it affords artist who may already have studio fatigue to record and release, without going through the hectic process of recording and re-recording for months.
RELEASE THEM IN BETWEEN ALBUMS
Music lovers are ever on demand for a new tune(s) from their favorites. With little or no time for extra-musical activities, the musician is always expected to be working on his new project. This has created an ‘unnecessary’ sense of haste and pressure on musicians to put out albums after albums. As you know, albums are not so easy to make, it could take months to make and the industry runs on a very short lifespan for new releases. One of the benefits of releasing an EP is that it reduces the pressure of releasing albums, back-2-back and it is a great way to appease your fans and music lovers. Releasing EP’s during the intervening periods of your album releases will definitely buy you time to make a good album and yet, satisfy the demand of your fans.
In making an album, there is usually this ‘stereotype’ perspective to how the songs should be made, the arrangement, the content and so on. EPs, on the other hand, are not regimented to a particular style or pattern. It gives absolute room for expression and creativity. You could decide that all the songs on your EP would be live recordings, acoustic recordings, remixes of your past songs, covers and so on. Just know that you are not restricted in your expression.
An Extended Play (EP) is a great project to embark on and it has many advantages over a single release and could be beneficial to introduce your forthcoming album. Take time to consider how you could utilize it to represent your music and your brand.