You might think it takes a ton of money and connections to become a rockstar, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
One aspiring rock god named Brett Goldstein, who goes by Monty Del Monte, is changing the way we think about music production.
Goldstein recently wrote an excellent post on Medium, chronicling his journey in producing a professionally recorded pop track for about $290. That's right.
The guy made a radio-ready song with nothing but a couple hundred bucks and an iPhone.
Goldstein was able to accomplish this by using his limited musical ability and an app called Fiverr.
Goldstein first recorded a scratch track of the song he wanted to make, titled "Throw Me Out To Sea."
Basically, he made a bare bones recording with vocals and piano.
Here is that scratch track:
Goldstein then sent the track to a number of musicians he hired using Fiverr.
Fiverr is an app that allows users to hire musicians from around the world, starting at the low price of $5.
They interpreted his scratch track as they saw fit and took the song to a whole new level.
Goldstein used the app to get his drums, bass, piano, guitar and a full orchestra for his song.
He also used it to get artwork for the track, a lyric video, mixing and mastering and marketing. Again, he was able to get all this for under $300.
Here's the breakdown of his expenses:
When it was all said and done, Goldstein had a finished product that sounds pretty damn good. And he never had to change out of his pajamas in order to get it.
Here's the lyric video for the finished track:
So, if you have dreams of being a professional musician (and an iPhone), you really have no excuse not to chase them.