June 16, 2013
Technology, being the double-edged sword that it has always been, has created an environment where artists can prosper without the help of well known record labels, but as a consequence has flooded the market with too much to choose from. How many kids are out there producing Dubstep on their laptops, hoping to become the next Skrillex? When an artist pops up and makes it, there are hundreds waiting in line to take that position if he or she should ever fall from it. Some of these young artists are actually very talented at what they do, so they should at least be given some credit for having talent.
Artist promotion companies like CD Baby and Tunecore are geared towards these types of artists and producer, who are independently making music but don’t know how to go about promoting it. Basically these companies will get their song “out there” …
June 5, 2013
Since the beginning of organized business it became apparent that there needed to be executives in charge of underlings. Some of the most talented people in business may be great at what they do; they could a stellar engineer or a hot shot accounting professional, but that doesn’t mean that they know how to run the business they are working for. Every business needs managers, or people that can direct workers and artists on what to do next. In the music industry you will find the same thing. Often times these managers have no experience as a musician, but they are experienced with the industry and that can ultimately be more important than talent alone.
When an artist or DJ gets signed to a label that means that the label is now part ownership of those artists. Everything that is creatively produced is owned by the label as well. …
May 11, 2013
When you discover how the music industry makes money, you’d be surprised at every little law and loophole that seems to work in favor of the production companies and labels rather than the artists. You’d think when you create a song, the lyrics, and the beat – that a song belongs to you and you alone, but you’d be wrong. The second you get signed to a label, you’d better read the fine print at the bottom of the contract. Some of these songs you produce no longer belong to you, and you could wind up hearing you song on a commercial without ever seeing a penny from the sale. This happens all the time, and band and their labels have been known to have it out publically for the rest to see.
Radio stations are not immune either. In fact, they are basically run by the labels and the …