The Music Industry

Getting Signed to a Record Label

March 4, 2018
Getting Signed to a Record Label

If you’ve always wanted to be a successful musician but you haven’t known how to go about it then this article should help. It’s fair enough that you begin building your career by performing at gigs, but at some stage you are going to need to go the extra mile and really get your music out there. This is when you’ll probably start looking at getting signed to a record label.

But what does that involve exactly?

Do What You’re Doing

Firstly, you’re already doing a good part of the hard work. Getting signed to a record label involves dedication as well as, hard work and practice.  So keep pushing yourself to be the best that you can be in this regard. Continue to play at gigs and network so that you are recognized as part of a music scene.

Becoming Professional

You’ll also need to become more professional in your approach. This includes things like watching carefully what your competition is doing, thinking about who your audience is, and doing social media advertising.  Facebook of course is a great option but a channel on YouTube might be better.  But you could also have items made for sale displaying your solo or band logo. A following is essential.

The Music You Choose

Obviously, choose your best songs, refine them to a T, get feedback from others, and refine them even further. But best might not mean your favourite.  Maybe a song is personally very meaningful to you but others can’t relate. You need to look into which songs are most relatable. Think about catchiness too.

Recording a Demo

Recording a demo in a studio might be pricey but it’s probably your best option for getting a record label, rather than getting help from those you know.  This is because, with the amount of submissions that record companies receive, they’ll generally look at higher quality ones first. You may be a pro musician, but the recording quality needs to reflect that.  Here is how to record a demo.

Business Means Business

Some companies need you to create a business structure if they offer you a record label. Obviously, professional music producing is a business and creating this business structure is a way protect your music and your career.  There are several options for business structures, and different record labels might prefer different models.

Keep At It

It’s probably every musician’s dream to get signed to a record label, but unless you’re the latest hit on America’s-Got Talent, these things don’t just happen overnight. As you can see from this article, getting signed to a label involves a few different factors, and perseverance is key.

You’re not the only one wanting to get your music out there, but if you truly believe that your songs should be playing in car radios or be available in CD stores, go through these steps as many times as need be, and don’t give up.

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