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Getting signed to a label
« on: April 04, 2015, 02:29:33 AM »
Has anyone here been signed to a record label? I have talked to a few, but they seem to not be worth it. Of course, if you get a $100,000+ deal with a large label it seems worth it, but you can just release everything by yourself now. It seems useless in my opinion.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2015, 09:26:44 AM »
From what I've read major labels will soon be extinct due smaller, more niched independent labels. I'd be curious to hear about any personal accounts related to smaller labels as well.

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2015, 10:46:31 AM »
As far as I know, I think getting signed to a label is great, but it isn't everything. You can release music on your own or possibly seek out a smaller label, but even though it is harder to do it on your own, it's not impossible.

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2015, 03:03:09 PM »
Yeah, I agree with KRR, I'm not seeing much of Major record labels today as much as I did back then. Way more and more artists want more for their artistry and are going independent. I think it's more work, but it's all the more worth it. LOL

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2015, 09:25:36 AM »
Getting signed must be amazing and I would love to be, but I would like to be signed to a smaller label really because my voice is more niche and to be honest I don't believe a big label would want me, I don't have the look they're after.

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2015, 05:59:43 AM »
Has anyone here been signed to a record label? I have talked to a few, but they seem to not be worth it. Of course, if you get a $100,000+ deal with a large label it seems worth it, but you can just release everything by yourself now. It seems useless in my opinion.

Any thoughts?
Here's something to think about: only one in twenty artists signed to a label manages to recoup their expenses and make a profit (mostly for the label). Also, the major labels are now turning to the smaller indie labels to find music. Many artists are now starting up their own labels. Being signed by a record label is very much just like having a very large loan (or advance) - you have to pay it back using the income generated from your music career. The only advantage really is their contacts and expertise. You also may have to go on to record, release and tour three or four albums just to pay back the expenses of your first album and it can go on like that for years, if not a decade or two.

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2015, 03:13:02 AM »
Has anyone here been signed to a record label? I have talked to a few, but they seem to not be worth it. Of course, if you get a $100,000+ deal with a large label it seems worth it, but you can just release everything by yourself now. It seems useless in my opinion.

Any thoughts?
Here's something to think about: only one in twenty artists signed to a label manages to recoup their expenses and make a profit (mostly for the label). Also, the major labels are now turning to the smaller indie labels to find music. Many artists are now starting up their own labels. Being signed by a record label is very much just like having a very large loan (or advance) - you have to pay it back using the income generated from your music career. The only advantage really is their contacts and expertise. You also may have to go on to record, release and tour three or four albums just to pay back the expenses of your first album and it can go on like that for years, if not a decade or two.

It's VERY tough to make it without a label unless you're a HUGE name (Beyonce big). I know of several moderately famous singers who self-released albums (the mohawk guy from Glee for example) and they were all major flops.

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2015, 11:33:19 PM »
Has anyone here been signed to a record label? I have talked to a few, but they seem to not be worth it. Of course, if you get a $100,000+ deal with a large label it seems worth it, but you can just release everything by yourself now. It seems useless in my opinion.

Any thoughts?
Here's something to think about: only one in twenty artists signed to a label manages to recoup their expenses and make a profit (mostly for the label). Also, the major labels are now turning to the smaller indie labels to find music. Many artists are now starting up their own labels. Being signed by a record label is very much just like having a very large loan (or advance) - you have to pay it back using the income generated from your music career. The only advantage really is their contacts and expertise. You also may have to go on to record, release and tour three or four albums just to pay back the expenses of your first album and it can go on like that for years, if not a decade or two.

It's VERY tough to make it without a label unless you're a HUGE name (Beyonce big). I know of several moderately famous singers who self-released albums (the mohawk guy from Glee for example) and they were all major flops.
It's VERY tough to make it regardless of whether you are with a label or not. I personally know several artists who have left the labels behind and have gone on to become a LOT more successful without them. Having said that, the labels are about commercial releases whereas being an unsigned or independent artist doesn't need to be. I'm not famous or a celebrity or even very well known and I have managed to develop a successful music career for myself in a very short amount of time.

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Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2015, 01:34:50 AM »
I have been signed to an independent label, not a major label. Personally if you're aiming to be signed they both have their cons. Unless you're the best they have on the label you're likely always going to be put on a waiting period before you get your turn to shine. I advise starting your own label in that case and doing things your way.

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2015, 08:53:33 PM »
I think the best route to take with regards to labels is research, research, research.  If you're hoping to get a record contract with a major label, it's best to understand how they conduct business with less-developed artists, both financially and how they promote you.  My personal preference would be to self-produce and look for a label to assist with some post-production (mastering) and distribution, but handle everything else (gigging, writing, recording, etc.) as independently as possible.  I think the biggest danger of a major (or some smaller) labels is that you often sign away your rights to your music, which can be very dangerous or risky to you, the artist.

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2015, 04:45:09 PM »
Whatever you do, don't send it demos directly. You need a manager or lawyer. Record companies DO NOT listen to random demo's sent in by singers. They get thrown in the trash. You need to look up managers and attorney's and find one who can send them in for you.

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Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2015, 05:32:10 PM »
To get signed, you have to be found. Play everywhere, anywhere and all the time. Someone is bound to be there sometime who knows someone who knows. Agents are all around looking and scouting, even if they never actively announce they are.

Re: Getting signed to a label
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2015, 06:41:03 PM »
With the way things are now, I'd say it's a good idea to make youtube and daily motion channels. A Vevo channel too if possible. Artist are getting discovered by labels through their videos going viral.