11 Video Types About Music For Artists
Why Should You Create More Than One Music Video for Your One Song?
Hey! Music for artists only, what if I suggest that you need to produce more than one type of music video for your one song? You might say, “Nah, I already have one music video for my song. I am good. Thank you for suggesting.” Think again. An additional music video like a lyric video is an extra income earned apart from the music video. Got your attention! Good. When you’re in the music business, you’re there to make money out of your music. Why would you want to settle with just one music video when you can make more money?
Coldplay – British Rock Band
Many of you already know Coldplay, and I will spare you the details. If you have never heard of them, Coldplay is a British rock band formed in London in 1996. In this article, I chose Coldplay because they have a variety of music videos for just one song called Higher Power, and I want to use this song as an example of how they did.
Higher Power’s 5 Types of Music Videos:
- Acoustic video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm5a30AJNI8
- Dance Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WOwa0lWEz4
- Lyric Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-B7jMljhbk
- Music Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lfnR7OhZY8
- Performance Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5XPKi9w2ok
Be sure to check all five types of music videos. You don’t have to like their song but to get some ideas by watching their five music videos. Oh, there’s one more video, but it is not considered one of the music video types. But it’s worth mentioning. Check it out also.
Behind the Scenes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHMcrpGgNyk
Hardcore fans would love to watch behind-the-scenes for the Higher Power song.
You saw all five music video types of the same song. Coldplay did it; why can’t you?
Now, you probably are so eager to find out how many types of music videos are out there? There are eleven music video types out there.
Eleven Music Video Types
There are eleven video types:
- Cover (worthy note)
- Music Video (traditional)
It is a worthy note to mention here, but it is not considered one of the music video types.
- Behind The Scenes
The Behind-The-Scenes video is considered a documentary film.
I will explain each type of music video in a minute. After reviewing the list of music video types, you’re probably overwhelmed, especially with the video production cost or which type you should start with first. Keep that in mind; when your team makes a music video, you don’t need to do it all at once. You can gradually add a video type over time and see where it best fits. One music video type at a time is all you need.
This article will not detail video production cost, process, or strategy for each type. I only want to list out music video types and explain each class with an example of a music video.
Imagine having all eleven music video types for your one song. Fans will never get bored listening to the same song repeatedly on the radio or apps like Spotify or IHeartRadio. But will they get bored watching the same music video over and over again? Who knows. Some will and some will not. Fans will always appreciate the variety of your music videos, and they will love to watch a different type of music video with the same song.
Ok, ok, ok. I lied. I promised you I would not explain which music video type you should start first? What the heck? I will tell you a bit anyway and give you a better insight. For example, if you are unsure if your song will be a big hit, start with a lyric video, the most inexpensive way to produce a lyric video. How about an audio video? You and your band already have a song in an audio format, right? Then put the audio of your song and album cover art together to produce an MP4 video.
It is your safest way to find out how the world is responding to your song because why spend a lot more money-making an expensive music video with sets and casting if the song isn’t a hit! After all, you would waste your money and resources.
Alright, artists, I will go ahead and explain each video type and provide you with the link of each music video type by several different music artists.
Glossary of Music Video Types
- Official Acoustic Video
Acoustic music is played only without amplified instruments that produce sound via auditory means.
Higher Power by Coldplay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm5a30AJNI8
- Official Animated Video
Original designs, drawings, illustrations, or computer-generated effects create an animated music video, and it is probably the most expensive music video to produce.
Hellraiser by Ozzy Osbourne – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw79RVnlCb0
- Official Audio Video
The music video comes with a still image, commonly using the album or single cover and the audio sound of lyrics. It is probably the cheapest way to produce a music video.
Chunky by Bruno Mars – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oacaq_1TkMU
- Official Cover Video
This cover video is fantastic! You and your band should embrace this concept. You’re making money off of their cover video. Think about it. Fans who love your song can’t legally make money from your music. You have copyright protection; you have the right to your theme, and you have the right to your song. Hence, you make money from your song using someone who covered your piece. Embrace this. Let them create their music video using your song/audio in theirs, and you still make money from them.
Enter Sandman by Liliac – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INouvLl1JiQ
- Official Dance Video
Dancers are featured in a music video to help express the emotion and idea that the music presents. Hip Hop, Electronic & Dance, and Rhythm & Blues have commonly used dance videos.
Higher Power by Coldplay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WOwa0lWEz4
- Official Lyric Video
A lyric video is animated content that focuses on the music lyrics, and the central part of the video is the text. The lyrical music video has become popular these days.
My Little Love by Adele – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIF70l1zUKU
- Official Music Video (Traditional)
Traditional music video remains very popular these days: video type, classic or standard music video, used for promotional or musical artistic purposes.
Walk by Foo Fighters – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PkcfQtibmU
- Official Performance Video
When the music band performs at a concert, music venue, or even on a talk show, the performance is video-recorded to produce a performance video.
Nothing But The Blood of Jesus by Carrie Underwood – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6XMSPJzfEU
- Official Remix Video
A remix music video can alter adding, removing, or changing song pieces.
You’re Mine (Eternal) by Mariah Carey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn1JClLqcSg
- Official Rhythm Game Video
Rhythm Game is so popular. You probably already know several games like Just Dance, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and others. You should produce a Rhythm video for your music video, and it’s going to be remarkable.
Chop Suey! by System Of A Down – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoeqEe_yRtg
- Official Sign Video
Sign Video is a sign language video. We have a pretty large audience here who would love to watch your music video in sign language. We have like 28 million deaf and hard of hearing citizens in the United States and probably 100 million worldwide. It would be awesome if you take up some ASL classes, and once you become fluent, you can do it for your music video and draw more fans… You won’t need to learn ABCs or numbers, and all you need to know is how to sign based on your lyrics. Another option, you can hire a deaf person to perform your song in sign language. That would work too.
Pride by American Authors – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bAaN-LCcHI
If you are serious about your music business, you should consider producing several more music videos for your one song. Fans will check out your new music video, and they will always appreciate the variety of music videos for each piece. Create more music videos, post them on your YouTube channel, and generate additional income! Well, what are you waiting for?
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