October 27, 2013

The Musician’s Unconventional Guide To Getting A Record Label Deal

Conventional wisdom says that if you want to do something right, you follow the footsteps of a person that did it before you.  This is generally the safe way of doing things.  It’s kind of like trying to get into a college; you don’t know what to do, so you take cues from people who did it before you.  If they can do it, then so can you, right?  The music industry is a big trickier, since there is no school for musicians that guarantees employment after you graduate.  You could be some kid who just thought up a song in their basement, and end up a multi-millionaire when it is all over.

Sometimes an unconventional approach will help you succeed.  On your downtime, focus on the content of the music itself.  You may have a catchy song, but the sound seems to lack that professional quality that you hear in other songs.  Also, taking feedback whether it be good or bad is never a wrong move.  You really need to hear yourself from another perspective, since you are used to listening to yourself all day long.  You should also refer to what the big guys do, even if you are a small fish in the big pond.