'One Minute With Dec' 21 Feb 2010

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"My Emails Are Written With Good Humour And Should Be Read With A Smile"

[-The views of any contributor to 'One Minute with Dec' are not necessarily the views of Dec Cluskey-]

"There are 10 types of people in this world.

Those that understand binary, and those who do not."

- Source Unknown


    Get your production skills honed [ I practice what I preach ]
    More on Attachments [ how to organise them]
    Members writing books? [ and I get mentions in this one ]
    Subscriber's Section [what contract do I need? ]
    The gags: ..... [Driving Under the Influence - Irish Style ]

Get your production skills honed [ I practice what I preach ]

I always advise anyone who asks me about improving production techniques to study the great producers.

For instance, if you want great classic vocal production, study Humberto Gatica …. He has produced the classic Celine Dion vocal sound, Barbra Streisand, Julio Iglesias. Tina Turner, R Kelly. Strangely, he uses precisely the same vocal effects and techniques as I have always done.

So, do I follow what I say? Yep!

I study whoever produces stuff nearest to any project I set to work on. Recently I was commissioned to produce all the material for a major ‘Story of Lady Gaga’ type show…. So I studied RedOne, who produces her tracks … what a revelation?

I was truly awe struck at his attention to detail in the vocal treatment. I love vocal arrangement and in listening very closely through top studio monitoring gear I was able to recreate precisely a lot of his tricks and then add them to the store of tricks I already have in my brain.

Try really analysing a great production in depth … in fact, try to copy it precisely … a real and valuable exercise.

And by the way, the first night of the show was on last Saturday … what a success! Amazing. The bookings for the show [at ridiculous fees!] are pouring in … another success?

“Hang in there until the slump is over” Jim Rohn

More on Attachments [ how to organise them]

A number of people asked for more specific instructions regarding the music attachments, PDF’s etc you receive with your email. All email packages (Clients) are different so I’ll just cover the three most popular.

First – if you read your mail online and do not download the mail to your computer, you do not have to be concerned.

Second – if you installed a popular email client such as Eudora, it depends on where you installed it. If you installed it in “Program Files” the path would be C:\Program Files\Eudora\Attach – as I said earlier, you can safely delete all files in this folder. You may wish to keep some however and move them to a different folder.

You will most likely see files that your anti-virus software has removed because they contained a virus. These are clearly identifiable. These should be deleted on a fairly regular basis because if there are too many present, and no, I can’t tell you how many is too many for your computer, it can cause your system to do strange things.

As a rule of thumb, on my system I try to keep them under 100. I use Norton Anti-virus and Norman [the Microsoft version] and if I get a rash of removal notifications, I go to that folder and remove them.

Third – if you use Outlook Express, the path is C:\Documents and Settings\Dec\Local Settings\Temp\eud1E8.htm

“Dec”, in this case, is the name of my local folder – yours will most likely be something you specified. “eud1E8” is simply an example of something to delete.

Drop me an Email if you have further queries.

“ I decided very early not to do all this stuff by myself” Jim Rohn

Members writing books? [ and I get mentions in this one ]

It is quite amazing the number of members of The Serious Writers Guild who write books …

A member, Roger, contacted me re. a fascinating book he has written and had published … it is all about a band that he was involved in and the success and the traumas that was involved … I get a few mentions with my band.

“Dear Dec, details of book launch on http://www.thesandstorms.co.uk

Hope you can do something, best wishes Roger..“

Check it out!

" If two or three agree on a common purpose nothing is impossible” Jim Rohn


“Thank you once again for your excellent advice when I phoned you on Sunday regarding controlling our own publishing. I met with the production company R** T******* today. I am writing to let you know how it went and to ask if you would give your opinion on whether or not you think this is a worthwhile deal.

David Payne”

" A Partnership? Equal investment of time and effort is essential” Jim Rohn

Subscriber's Section [what contract do I need? ]

Bonjour Dec,

was great to hear that you had participation with Johnny Hallyday, Edith Piaf etc...

what contract do I need with people who agree to participation?

Best regards


My Reply:

Our rules are "one short reply to ONE question on music FOR NON-MEMBERS, Members of 'The Serious Writers Guild' have unlimited personal access to Dec by direct telephone, Fax and Email, apply at https://secure.mistral.co.uk/makehits/swgappsecure.htm ".

[Any advice given here shall not be deemed as financial or legal advice under any existing or future laws of any country]


The only agreement with a collaborator is that of a co-writer … in other words, you have to agree the percentage of their lyrics and the percentage of their contribution to composing the melody.

This should be done concurrently … while the song is being created … notes taken [on a manila envelope with all rough composing materials keep inside for posterity] and a contract created and signed by all parties.

It is wise to have your own publishing company so that the company issues the contract and the publishing rights are retained by yourself [the company]. See “How To Start Your Own Publishing company for less than £100” … one of our biggest sellers world-wide.

As regards someone programming, then you simply agree a percentage split of mechanicals [sales of records and downloads] .. or a straight fee for programming [the best scenario]. If you feel that they have contributed to the writing or composing then the situation above applies.

The most important point is that you must have the agreement in place and signed before taking the song any further … this is a huge mistake made by the majority of collaborators.

As I always say: “have the deal in place and signed by all concerned before switching the studio lights on”.


Dec [Cluskey] dec@makehits.com

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The gags: ..... [Driving Under the Influence - Irish Style ]

From Ireland where driving while under the influence is considered a sport, comes this story. (Only the Irish could think of this).

“Recently a routine police patrol was parked outside a bar in Donegal Town. After last call, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so apparently intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing.

After what seemed an eternity, in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car and fall into it. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off; it was a fine, dry summer night, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little, and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons' vehicles left.

At last, when his was the only car left in the parking lot, he pulled out and drove slowly down the road. The police officer, having waited patiently all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, and promptly pulled the man over and administered a breathalyser test.

To his amazement, the breathalyser indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, 'I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyser equipment must be broken.'

'I doubt it,' said Paddy , truly proud of himself. 'Tonight I'm the designated decoy! “


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  • “Hi Dec £170,000 I've made in the past six months ... so many projects I haven't a minute. Number 4 in Music Week chart ... can't wait for next year ... they are predicting huge chart success for my productions. Unbelievable.
    D**** E****”

  • Enjoy video for a song I co-wrote with extraordinary Dutch singer Jenny Lane.
    I have 2 co-written songs on her great new album Monsters.
    Thanks for all the continued support & advice... Mick Lee.

  • In 2010 film, just budgeted in LA, for full theatrical in the US for $8.7mill with Paul Kay attached.
    Two Liverpool 08 commissions. First with 200 choir Second a major CD Brass Band album with Fairey Brass Band ... Phil Lawrence [UK]

  • I had my first Top Ten Hit in Germany as a songwriter, great things are happening ... I'm on tour all over Europe with the band that I'm producing. We're the official support act for 50 Cent. 15 shows in the greatest countries of Europe. Marcell Brell [Germany]

  • We played The Cavern Club in Liverpool
    Patchwork Grace were the best thing they'd ever seen!!
    Ian - Thanks again Dec! [UK]

  • I was asked to play at the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires. The most important festival held on the whole South American continent. it lasts 10 days every major local star, as well as many international acts like Megadeath, The Wailers, Die Toten Hose, etc. Thanks again Dec ... Emiliano Canal [Argentina]

  • Recently I have finished a score for an independent movie called “Treehouse”. I am now composing tracks for various music libraries for licencing and am also discussing publishing the MUNKIE catalogue with various publishers. Jason Clarke. [N. Ireland]

  • This is Yosi & Ofir Nafkar from Israel member of The Serious Writer Guild Membership No NET0778030W. We wrote music for an Australian Movie By Kerry Bowden. She is a great woman who helps children in need. The movie and the music had a great success. Together we gathered 1million$. [Israel]

  • Hi Dec, some good news regarding my girlfriend Erin's songs, 3 are being used on a new American TV show. Anyway thanks again for your invaluable support, knowing your there makes this leap into the publishing world feel a lot safer ... Roger O'Donnell [The Cure]

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