You have chosen to brighten up your musical program with a few interventions (live or in voice track, i.e. pre-recorded)? This is an excellent initiative! A little human presence in a musical thread, there is nothing better to give reference points and build listener loyalty. But as you know, radio hates blank space! And, except for radios broadcasting classical music, any music radio must have background music while the host speaks.
Background music? Yes, it’s where the voice of the host comes to rest between two elements (musical titles? reporting?) of the program.
But which background music should we choose? How to use it well? That’s what we’ll see here.
First of all, you should know that you will find many sites that offer you for free (musicometre.com, hibou-music.com) or for a few euros (radio-jingles.fr) lots of background music to download. Finding background music in coherence with the musical style of your radio is therefore not a big difficulty. Especially since once downloaded, you will be able to rework it if needed.
Because the background music must start with a hook, a very brief sound element, a sound effect that can attract the attention of the listener, it’s up to you to add it if this little effect is not in the original version. Then the music starts and the presenter can start talking.
The melody of your background music must be simple, short, and discreet. No musical amplitude between weak and strong beats, the totality must be homogeneous. No question of attracting too much attention at the risk of diverting the listener: the important thing is the voice of the host. The music is there to create a pleasant background sound during the host’s speech.
The background music, we do not realize it but it is always there. It occupies the space, the smallest silence because lets remember: the radio hates emptiness.
While you speak, the sound of the music must be constant. There is no question of raising or lowering the level as you speak. On a classic voice track, you can set it to -18 db compared to your voice. You don’t need to hear it much except in the case of silence, which can (rarely) happen during an interview for example.
Last question, is it necessary to have several background music during your interventions? Not necessarily, one will suffice, as long as it does not cut completely through the previous or following sequence. Otherwise, it is up to you to have several tracks adapted to the mood of the moment.
Background music is never obvious, but when it’s not there, it’s immediately noticed!