How does the recording industry work today?

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  1. hendrik7

    hendrik7 Member

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    Maybe a naive post. But how do you go about getting a record deal today?

    Could I email some producers a song or two and hope to get sponsored for a record? Or should I email record companies?

    Or is it all about youtube today?

    What say ye?

    The music scene seems to have changed a lot in these last years, and I'm wondering what could work today that didn't work a few years back, where you basically had to play the clubs and bars and hope to get spotted and signed.
     
  2. greggorypeccary

    greggorypeccary Member

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    What is this 'record deal' of which you speak?
     
  3. bgmacaw

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    Show biz connections and looking super hot (preferably female) is what you need. Don't have those things? Oh, well...
     
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    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    Best advice I can give: Make your own recordings, work out distribution deals and release it yourself. You don't need a record company anymore.
     
  6. Mark Robinson

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    "poorly" is the most succinct answer.
     
  7. Steve Hotra

    Steve Hotra Silver Supporting Member

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    This.

    If you sell a lot of units, they will take notice.
    Thats a big "if"

    Its not the same like it was in the 1970's ( golden age of records)
     
  8. loudboy

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    Then sell enough to get a label interested.

    Still tho only way to really make it big.
     
  9. Al Varez

    Al Varez Member

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    1. Become a child actor

    2. Get a show on the Disney channel

    3. Make record to cross promote the show

    4. Quit Disney channel show

    5. Make record with "dark" lyrics about cutting yourself, your body image issues

    6. Have publicist run a major publicity campaign informing all media outlets of your upcoming stay in rehab. Demand they respect your privacy.

    7. Exit rehab. Make record about loving yourself as you are.

    8. $$$$$
     
  10. Bogner

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    You sincerely need to read the book entitled "Confessions of a record producer" by Moses Avalon. It will help clarify a lot of things for you. It is a great read and gives tremendous insight into what all the various titles do and why, etc. A record "deal" is a pretty word for a loan.
     
  11. greggorypeccary

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    Wait...you mean the record company expects you to pay back the money they gave you to make that record? :p
     
  12. Heinz57Pep

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    Unsolicited emails will end up in the same place as unsolicited cassettes and CDs did back in the day: in the trash.

    And what's all this talk about "selling units"? People aren't buying music anymore. Get your songs on YouTube, Spotify and Pandora and hope you rack up enough streams to take your act on the road.
     
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    I don't know how it is today, but evidently back in the day the expectation from the company was that you gave up all the money...
     
  14. Zandalf

    Zandalf I don't remember Silver Supporting Member

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    In her recent cover story in New York Magazine, Joni Mitchell recalls hearing a radio interview around 2007, with a recording company executive who stated "quite confidently" that: "We're no longer looking for talent. We're looking for a 'look', and a willingness to cooperate."

    I'd say that the entertainment business, in all its forms, has always favored good-looking young people, but it is now distilled to such a false purity that few can present themselves to that standard or to the rest of the BS that these money grubbers are offering. Thank your lucky stars that there were some cracks in the veneer in the last century.
     
  15. Baminated

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    FTW !!!

    Gotta have a "sex tape" in there somehow.

    Maybe make this point 8
    8. After career starts waning after "loving self" record, distribute sex tape.
    Maybe A 9?
    9. After sex tape, Release "spiritual" Rock record about redemption from the world.
     
  16. Dumdeediddle

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    How does it Work? Not very well
     
  17. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    unless you do.

    what no-one needs, ever, is a ******, irresponsible & economically/personally abusive record company.

    anyway, imo:
    the question the OP posted is almost impossible to answer well or deeply, without resorting to snips, snipes & sarcasmic bon mots.
     
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    1) Make an album that sounds different and new.
    2) Record it at home and sell it locally at shows.
    3) Take that money and re-record the album so it sounds great, it is NOT beer money. The thing is - discipline is key here at this point and if you focus early in the plan you'll have a better chance as the project snowballs, which it will. Tour in the states near you. Wash, rinse, repeat. Bad publicity is publicity too! You already know what it takes to "make it" by looking at who is doing what and making money today under the ever changing rules of the music industry. It is easier than ever to make a living today, remember, the cream will always rise to the top and there's only enough room for the toughest hill climbers. Work your ass off often.
     
  19. markjsmith

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    Amen!
     
  20. Bradmeister

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    Dude, that's way more than the three steps to Profit???? I can't deal with that many steps!
     

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