Record Labels Looking For Artists To Sign – Accepting Demos
There are always record labels seeking new artists. After all, the artist is the reason that the record label exists in the first place. But, finding out where and how to submit your music to the record companies can be like walking a maze. Forget that, that’s the old way! We have a list record labels looking for new artists and talent to sign…and most of them accept your submission online! Figuring out how to get a record deal is usually a long process, but if you are ready to get signed now, these labels are looking for artists.read more
How To Get A Record Deal
Figuring out how to get signed to a record label isn’t as hard as it sounds. I have been signed to record labels before. I’ve also started my own independent record label, and I’ve signed artists to record deals on my own label. Even before I had any success in the music business, I always thought that I knew what it took to be successful. After I had some success in the music industry I really thought I knew everything, most artists do. Every time I thought I knew everything, something else would reveal itself to me and remind me that I didn’t know it all. If you’re working hard towards getting signed to a label, and paying attention, you start to see patterns repeating themselves.
Working within the music business is much different than being on the outside trying to break into it. When you’re in the music business you get to talk one-on-one with other artists. You do business with people who make their living in the music industry. Now what you have to understand is that people that are already in the music industry talk each other much different than they talk to people who aren’t in it. What I mean is if you ever ran into a well-known artist and you asked for some advice, he probably gave you some general advice on what you should do to get your foot in the door. He gets this question 15 times a day and is tired of repeating it. It’s nothing against you, it’s just how it is. The conversation that you had with him and the conversation I would have with him are two totally different things. I’m a successful artist having a conversation with another successful artist and we have mutual respect for each other, so we don’t talk to each other the same way that we talk to fans.
Over the years I’ve had hundreds of real conversations with artists who signed deals with major labels, independent labels, CEOs of record labels, distributors and so on and so forth. I never passed up a chance to pick their brain for information. Now all of their stories had different variables, they all took different paths to becoming successful in the music business. Even though they took different paths, I started to see a pattern. It didn’t matter if the music was rock, country, rap, metal, pop or EDM, they all had certain things in common with me, and with each other.
Every single one of them were the exact same in three areas.
You’re probably wondering what they are and saying “get to it already.” I will, real soon. It isn’t a secret technique and it has nothing to do with the Illuminati. Yes the Illuminati, LOL. I’m hearing more failed artists, mostly in the hip-hop genre, blaming the Illuminati as an excuse as to why they haven’t signed a record deal yet. Kill yo self with that nonsense. You, and pretty much every other artists has not been able to sign a deal with a record company because you have not been focusing on, and building upon the three BASIC things that you need to work on to get signed to a record deal.
99% of musicians spend their whole career trying to figure out the magic formula to signing a record deal with a label. It’s like watching a dog chase it’s tail, he’s never going to catch it. To make a long story short, there is no magic involved when it comes to signing a record deal. There are definitely things you should be focusing on if you are trying to sign a contract with a record label but they aren’t really secret.
If you want to know…
- How to get a record deal
- How to get signed to a major record label
- How to start your own record label
- How to go on tour
- How to (insert whatever you are trying to do in the music business)
It all comes down to 3 things.
- Information (aka Knowledge, Intel etc)
Every successful musician, artist, band, singer, DJ or rapper, no matter how much you think they suck and don’t deserve fame… Either
- out spent you
- out hustled you or
- outsmarted you
Period. Point blank, you can take that to the bank.
Musicians tend to get so caught up emotionally in their music and the fantasy of getting signed to a record deal, that they stop using common sense. I know I did anyway. If you want to know how to get a record deal, I can help get you focused. You have to do the work, but I can show you what you should be working on.
If you noticed, I said absolutely nothing about TALENT did I?
The primary factor in getting a record deal is rarely talent. How can it be? Talent is a different form of taste and there is no accounting for taste. One person thinks a musician is very talented, the next person thinks that same artist is horrible. People do get record deals based on talent but there is no standard for what is and what isn’t talent. Even those who are signed off of “Talent” still used one, or all of the 3 things I listed to position themselves properly so that their talent would be noticed in the first place.
You just do the music that you do, you continually try to improve on that music, but if you want to know how to get signed I’m telling you now it’s more about…
than it is about talent. You don’t have to believe me, but I’ve seen it. If you think about it for a moment, you have seen it too. Just think about all the artists that you think aren’t really talented. Their signed, their famous, but they suck to you. Record labels have producers, songwriters, musicians and big teams of professionals that will make you sound extremely talented. You have a better chance of getting a record deal if you have…
- average talent, but
- have an above average work ethic (aka Hustle)
than you do if you are…
- the best singer in your state, and
- too lazy or timid to constantly sell yourself (aka. Hustle)
There is no easy way to getting signed, but there are shortcuts. Like Wikipedia says, a record deal isn’t much more than a legal agreement between artist and label…look at it that way and you will see that you have to have something appealing to get signed
There is no one specific technique that will get you signed to a record deal, but there are many “common damn sense” techniques you should be using, there are tons of record labels looking for artists, you just have to make yourself attractive.read more
Get Signed To A Record Label