3 Tips For Landing A Record Deal

We get asked all the time here at Music Clout; how can I get a record deal? The answer is somewhat complex in this day and age within the music industry. With so many things changing at neck breaking pace, record labels are often changing their approach when looking for artists to sign to their label. However, there are some fundamental things acts can work towards that can increase their chances of locking down the record deals they dream of.

We’re going to lay out the 3 basics of what just about every label that is still in business is probably looking for. You’ll probably agree that these things are very simple and what artists should be doing to constantly be evolving with their music. However, with so many music acts out there that are not growing and following these steps, it sometimes makes the most sense going back to the basis.

Ok, so here are the three basic tips that are at the core of how you get a record deal.

Having The Best Music: I know this goes without saying, but you’d be so surprised by the numbers of acts that just don’t pay enough attention to their actual music. Most people end up getting blinded by the truth, because of close friends giving them praise for the music they’re putting out. Always look for people who can give you a non-bias opinion about your sound, and don’t be afraid to take criticism. It’s always honestly that makes you grow the most. Also, make sure your current sound is somewhat in line to what’s popular within your actual style of music. Record labels aren’t looking to go too far outside the box when it comes to their current and future signings. Always make sure that the music you’re putting out is the absolute best it can be, and if you feel like it’s not ready, just be patient and release the music when it is ready.

Having A Ton of Fans: Nothing will get a record label more excited than signing an act that has a ton of fans. Actually, if just this one area is strong, everything else can be overlooked, including having great music. However, don’t count your lucky stars that this is going to happen to you. Most of the time stories like that are made from “American Idol” finalists and rarely translate to your everyday average up and coming music act. Regardless, acts must always try and work on building a solid and supportive fan base for their music because it’s going to be a main factor in helping the acts build their careers and eventually receive a record deal.

Be Proactive: Being proactive is underestimated and totally underused. If you’re working on growing your music career five days a week and someone else of equal talent is only putting in three, there’s no doubt who’s going to make the most moves forward to get a record deal. One of the best things an act can do to increase their chances of getting a record deal is by breaking up the responsibilities to various members of the group. This technique ads accountability for actions and also increases the overall productivity of the bands growth. Once you start to make strides in all areas of your career, you can then be very aggressive when it comes to really learning how to get a record deal. Start off by finding the labels you would want to get signed to, learn their contact information and start being proactive by contacting them and making them aware of your music.

So now you know what to say if ever asked: how can i get a record deal.

Top 5 Ways To Spread Your Music

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Being new to the music industry is not always the easiest time in an artist’s life, working hard to write songs, record and getting noticed. This doesn’t always have to be a hard process and as long as you have the first two perfected the third will be easy. To help give you that extra advantage in the start of your music career there are 5 easy ways to help spread your music across the globe.

1. Start Local – Hit the local areas first, visits local bars and pub to see if you can get yourself a small gig. At this point in your career don’t worry about the money, it’s always good to have but this shouldn’t be a factor when deciding where to gig. Start of small and work up to bigger venues, if you know someone that does have a small bar that would like some live music you could offer your talents for free as a tester to help give you more exposure to other local bars.

2. Freebies – Everyone loves something free; get yourself some CD’s printed that you can give away at the gigs that you do at the start of you career. These can be easily obtained from a CD duplication company and on a variety of disc sizes with custom printed discs. Always keep some of these with you in your usual daily life, visit local pubs, bars and clubs to see if they want a copy to play.

3. Online – The online world is always growing and it offers simple and easy ways to get yourself noticed. YouTube has always been a very popular sites for new artists but as the site becomes more popular more videos are being uploaded. The daily upload is so high that it is impossible to watch everything that has been uploaded to YouTube in 1 day. Most recent stats show that 60 hours of video are uploaded every minute and although this is high you should still use it but should not focus all you attention to this site.

Outreach to music website and music blog, this is where you will get the most appreciation from what you create, make sure the website is relevant to your type of sound and you can also use the CD’s you purchased in the stage above as a gift for adding a track and something about you to their website.

4. Friends – Where would you be without them? At home drinking and playing games is usually a common answer. Friends are always going to be there to help you in whatever you want to do so get them to help spread you talent to their friends and people they meet. You will get your chance to thank them and pay them back later on in your career. While you are doing all of the above your friends will grow and you will get more exposure from this.

5. Social – Facebook and Twitter are great for keeping you audience up to date. If you don’t already have these setup get yourself one now, Facebook page about you and your music and a twitter account for your music as well. I have many pages on Facebook and would advise on not connecting these as the Facebook messages are much longer than what twitter can post. Using these networks and even putting some money in to Facebook advertising can really help, start will a small campaign to get your page likes up and link your page to your music.

Following the above you will get much more exposure and your music will spread across the globe faster than it is currently doing. Everyone has a talent and this will help others find and appreciate yours.

Daniel Marriott lives in the UK and spends most of his spare time reading blogs and increasing his knowledge of everything. Spending most of his life with Drummers, Singers and Guitaristshttp://hyipinvestigation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Top5logo.jpgDaniel enjoys helping others within the industry to grow.