How To Get A Record Deal – A Few Broad Tips
Posted by Derrick Johnson
Unsigned artists always ask how to get signed to a record label. There is no clear cut answer to this question. The music industry has changed over the years and it is still changing. With that said, there are some things that don’t change in the music business. Here are a few broad stroke tips on how to get a record deal
Most musicians focus so much on the music that they forget about the business. Record companies have bills that need to paid on an ongoing basis. Once you start understanding that you will look at things a bit different. If your band looks like it will make a record label a profit, versus simply being another ongoing expense, you start to look like an investment a label might want to make.
Here are a few tips on how to get signed.
1. Have really good music.
Even though the industry is looking for what they think are profitable acts, they still want to put out music that sounds good. Most of the people working at record labels love music more than the average person. They want to be proud of the music that they market. Getting signed to a major label deal may be more business focused, but signing with an indie label usually means that someone with authority at that label really likes your music. Don’t snub your nose at indie record labels, they are usually ahead of major labels when it comes to what is popular on the streets today.
2. Build a big and active fan base.
Even if your music sucks you will find that having a big die hard fan base will have record companies calling your phone. This is the one thing that will give you the best chance of getting a record deal, hands down. If you are able to build a fan base by yourself, with your limited resources and limited experience, a record company knows they can expand that with minimal financial risk. You probably should be spending half of the time you work on music focused strictly on building your fan base.
3. Hustle Hard.
Nobody is going to make this happen for you. If you want a record deal you have to do it. I’m sure you have heard that “The Squeeky Wheel Gets The Oil”. The musicians that are out there emailing, calling, promoting, distributing, writing and recording on a consistent basis are the ones that are on the right track to getting signed to a label. If you look at what you do on a weekly basis and you realize that you are spending more time on anything other than pursuing a record contract you are doing it wrong.
As I said earlier, this advice is broad. There are many different ways to accomplish each of the 3 things I listed above. Some methods are more effective than others, but regardless of how you try to accomplish these these things, you will be ahead of the game as long as you are working on them. There is no definitive answer to the question “How To Get A Record Deal” but you can increase your chances of getting signed.
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