How do you get signed to a label? Let’s talk about what labels are looking for. Labels want artists that can compete at world class level. But it’s more than just talent they are looking for. They want to know you’ve got a strong team around you. They want to know you’ve laid some groundwork on your own. This is where that FTGK attitude shows itself. The label is going to make a bet on you.
- Okay, so now you have some ideas about why…you actually might need a Label.…Let's talk about how you actually get signed to a Label.…First let's talk about what it is those Labels…are looking for when they sign an artist.…First and foremost, they're all looking for…great, unique talent.…It seems obvious that Labels would want…great, unique music.…And everybody is going to have their own take…on what they think is great,…what works for me,…might not work for you or the next person.…But if you're looking to get signed to a Label,…you need an A&R person working at that Label…to think you're special to have a shot.…
I interviewed my friend Tom Corson one day…on a Redman live show…and asked him what it is that Labels are looking for.…Here's what he had to say, quote unquote.…"You have to have tremendous talent…"to cut through to the top level of this business.…"No matter who you are and what genre you're in,…"because you're competing against the very best…"and you are from day one."…Labels want artists that can compete…
In this installment of An Insider's Guide to Today's Music Biz, Steve Rennie explores the role of record labels in the music business. He starts by talking about the different types of record labels and what they do, from marketing to manufacturing and radio promotion. Then you'll learn about why you need a record label, how to get a record deal, what a music contract will look like, and how the signing process works. As a little bonus, Steve gives you some insights on your commitments and compensation (advances and royalties) once you get signed.
- Understanding how record labels run
- Finding a record label
- Meeting with A&R and business teams at a record label
- How record labels promote your music
- Negotiating a record deal
- How record labels recoup costs