Music To Get You Hopping!
Hi all! I started Square Dancing in 1970 in a little town called Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. Having always had an interest in music, I first tried my hand at calling in1972 and in 1978 I established “Knee-Deep Squares” with my wife Linda. Why “Knee-Deep Squares”? Well Linda said, “frogs go knee-deep, knee-deep”, and our name is Froggatt, so why not? Naturally, it followed that we would call our music label “Knee-Deep Melodies”. We believe that having fun is an important part of the dance experience.
Over the years I’ve admired the many talented people who produce the great music we callers use in this activity. Back in the1990’s I was fortunate to have recorded some vocals on Silver Sounds, and I am grateful for the generous help and advice that Jack O’Leary has offered to me in getting started with this music label.
I look forward to contributing to a wide spectrum of Square Dance Music available to callers, and intend to maintain a high standard of musical production with Knee-Deep Melodies. I am confident you will enjoy adding some of my releases to your musical catalogue and look forward to hearing your feedback.
Please contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
The instrumental tracks on Knee Deep Melodies releases are produced at Circle Left Recording Studio in Nashville TN, played by talented, professional studio musicians. We only select tunes that Square Dancers relate to, and that translate well to the unique Square Dance format. We are very proud of our music and believe it is amongst the best available.
Is making a Square Dance Recording on your wish list? Send us a live recording of your calling and tell us about yourself and what song/songs you would like to record. Choose tunes that have not been released already as singing calls (at least not in the last five years). We will review your request and let you know if we think it will work. If so, we will prepare a contract for you, and once it is in place, we can go ahead with the production.
The music will be arranged and produced using a selection of instruments appropriate to the original recording of the tune. Initial production usually takes a month or so. Once the preliminary mix is produced, we will send it to you to practice calling your vocal. Together, we will discuss any tweaks/minor changes needed in the music, and write the choreo to be used on your vocal recording. When all parties are satisfied with the music and choreo (this may take a while), a final mix will be prepared and sent to you so you can record your vocal at a professional studio (at your cost). Alternatively, you can come to us and use our studio for free. You send us the vocal (on a separate track to the music, unmixed) and we will mix it down, ready for the final release. The recording should all be finalised and released for sale within two to three months of signing the contract.
As a Knee Deep Melodies recording artist you will receive complimentary copies of all releases on our label. If included in your contract, you can also receive a percentage of the sales from your release. There are other fringe benefits, such as having bragging rights that you have recorded with a top quality label.
Recording a single singing call starts at AU$400. If you wish to
negotiate a multi-record package, the unit price will be less per song.
Because we deal in Aussie dollars, this may be quite economical depending
on the exchange rate.
If you are interested, send me an email on email@example.com and we can start the ball rolling!
Cheers, Chris Froggatt