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Discuss anything related to the business side of things. getting signed, starting your own label, contracts, distributing your music, licensing tracks, getting paid for gigs etc
I've been doing this producing/DJ thing for a long time now, since I was in 10th grade. I never really thought, being self-taught, that I could make it in the big leagues, but now I've been getting a lot of positive feedback from my music. I know there are a lot of people who have been signed on this site and I wanted to know exactly how to go about getting signed. I just don't really know what it entails, aAaAnd I don't want to blow it!
I want to make music my life! It would be nice to pay the bills from my artistic creations!
Could you help a brother out?
I think there's a tradition about going to the crossroads at midnight and making some kind of deal.
Sell yourself dude.
Wat I mean is ur musik. Hustle it. Send tracks to people.
Get local dj's to play it. That's wat im doin. I found a digital DJ on soundcloud, he's starting his next mix wiv sum of my tracks. I do dubstep, but its the same idea for any kinda musik. Youtube, myspace (if anyone still uses it), any where u can show ur stuff off. Get in touch with ppl. Put ur self out there, someones bound to see u. Making alotta money doesn't generally happen wen it comes to producing. Producers make like 12 an hour where I live. Its a fruit of love thing.
Im not signed.
But I want my name out there in my community,
And where else I can paste it.
Always carry a pen!
Do insane actions on stage too.
I should be banned for even posting GG allin lol
LOL I'm mad you put up GG as a response to this hahahahaha
I am crazy on stage tho lol, I love dancing and have been known to take off me shirt. However I draw the line at feces, and urine lmfao
yeah GG allin was messed up man.
Still, i think a good light show, or video... somethin' to promote.. all of these things are important when getting signed...
Kewl beans guys, thanks or all the ideas
Hiya dude, iv been signed a couple of times now and heres how I did it.
Make a list of record labels you think your stuff is comparable with and once a month send them all your new tracks along with a covering letter. It will take a while to be honest but its a little like the lottery and the only thing that will improve your chances of winning is having more tickets (tracks) then the next man.
Its worth baring in mind tho that most of the people u probly look up to in the scene are not that financially stable and will take alongtime to get yourself noticed.
Best of luck and let us know how you get on bro :)
doing shows aint always the way to get signed i edont take people on just cuz they get gigs i go more on the quality of their work and also whether there heart is in it or not. wanna know more try talking to me ill always answer any question you wish to ask.
not all labels are greedy or use and abuse people just something to bare in mind.
Relentlessly, write tracks, post tracks, hassle labels and most importantly. Never give up.
nickq and avidlife have the right ideas. mostly just be there and make sure your heard, live shows are the best ways to do this, websites like this are the second best way
I was signed to a major label a while back. All they did was give out cash here and there, but when it came to pushing the music they let it sit on a shelf, and then eventually just dropped me. It was a waste of time. Independent labels are out there, pushing better music and not screwing with musicians. Or DYI. Thats the best way. Control your music like a painter controls his paintbrush. Keep whats yours. Dont be afraid to shamelessly self promote. Do whatever you can to get your music to the people. eventually you will see a result. Alot of people think that "when they get signed" the next day they're rolling around in limos and have pockets full of cash. You have to put in major work. So you might as well put in that major work for yourself.
We (Hidden Agenda) just got signed to Genetic Music earlier this year.
But nothing about it was typical. We were suggested by a fan from Sweden to a friend in Germany who found our old Myspace tribute site.
Seems Minimal Electro is making a big comeback in Europe.
How to go about getting signed? Well I wouldn't know anything about it as it took us 27 years. But it seems the advice you're getting here is right. Write a lot of great tunes that are true to you and not just genre chasing and then gig the hell out of them. Working with a partner is a good idea in my view. More ideas and people to bounce them off. If they work in a different style, so much the better. Everything seems to be genre bending these days.
Good work is like cream, it always rises to the top. And if worst come to worst relax and wait twenty five years and what you do will come back into style again! :~)
Oh, one more thing. Do other stuff than what is expected.
My personal side project has been more successful these days.
Got work on two surfing movies from the UK.
And a UK commercial-
So don't JUST seek a lable, work on selling film soundtracks, commercials, anything to build up your portfolio of work. I'm right now contributing my music to a local theatre for an experimental dance piece. Won't get money. Will get a DVD of a performance for my resume'.
You never know how you might be discovered. Seek out film students who need soundtrack music for their films. I wrote 100 e-mails to film professors asking they put my info up on film school message boards on campus and got a lot of little no pay jobs that way. but my name and contact info is on every one of them and I get copies. They may become the next Tarantino. Seek out commercial producers who need music. And don't stress out about money, these people seldom can pay at first and the real currency here is exposure and building a portfolio of a body of work.
Hope that helps. And if you do Minimal Electronic consider submitting something to Genetic Music. Great fair people with a great catalogue.
Best of luck, mark
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