GETTING A RECORD DEAL

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The holy grail of many an artist’s aspirations is getting a record deal.  While there is much to say about being careful to get your contract checked out before you sign how do you actually go about getting labels interested in you?
 
 No one just gives away record deals, actually, a solid one is really difficult to come by, and you have to put in your own time  (self-promotion, publicity) before they even find you worthy enough for them to invest in you.  
 

    1.Record your demo. If at all imaginable, have it look professional on a CD or even included in an EPK. If using a CD make copies of your demo and have at least 5-10 extra ones for yourself, friends, or just in case.
     
    2. Find out to whom (a name of a person) you should send your demo. Don’t send it to the name of the company, as it might end up in the wrong hands or simply passed around from office to office. It is always best to have a contact who you can follow up with.
     
    3. Put your best tracks first. If your worst track is first on the CD then there is every chance that those listening to it won’t give you a second look.
    Be relentless. Don’t just send it to them and wait, call them up and ask the specific person you sent your demo to how he/she liked it – this is equally important whether you sent a CD or an electronic press kit.
     
    4. Be professional. You’ll be seen as a mature individual.
     
    5. Don’t use an overblown name to represent yourself. Make sure your also known as, if you choose to use one, is something that suits you and something that you can represent. For example, if you’re from Beverly Hills dont use the moniker ‘Ghetto Child.’ Keep it real and you will get respect.
     
    6. Have some unbiased consumers listen to your songs to get a true judgment of the quality of your music before you send them off – make sure you are giving yourself the best chance to make an impact. You only have one chance to make a first impression.
     
    7. Try to do some research in advance to ensure that the record labels and A&R’s you are trying to work with are actively looking to promote the specific style of music you create. This can help save everyone involved a lot of time in the long run afterall there is no point sending a heavy metal track to a Classical music label!

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