How To Get A Record Deal

If you’re considering a record deal, you are dedicated to your music career. This is not a hobby or a side job, but your life’s passion. You find yourself spending every hour practicing until you develop the perfect sound structure and chord progression. You hit the right notes. You find the missing lyric. If you’re at this point, you’re ready to start finding the best labels and managers.

When preparing to physically or digitally send your music to an A&R representative, it’s very important to understand that if you send your music to a major label or a major independent label, then it will compete against tens if not hundreds of thousands of artists that are at the same stage as you.

In order to ensure the best reception from an A&R team, consider preparing a press kit of bios and links to your social media accounts. This kit is a necessary supplement to your music submission that gives your music some context and background while revealing to A&R reps what your music doesn’t show.

Social media:

A strong presence on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube accounts, etc. is essential. A&R reps want to see that you’re raising awareness and creating interest among fans. They also want to gauge your organic following on social media. How interactive and supportive are your followers? More importantly, how interactive are YOU with your followers? Being as socially interactive as possible with your followers will not guarantee you precedence over other artists, but it proves you’re aware of digital trends and that you’re willing to dedicate time and energy into creating and developing a digital footprint. A&R reps want to see that you’ve made the commitment to connect and expand your fanbase.

Biographies:

Include individual bios and a bio of the band/group, if applicable. Bios should be very current and should contain quotes from newspaper articles that have mentioned you, links to music reviews, etc. A&R representatives want to know the important details about you. Who are you? Where are you from? What’s your sound? When did your group form? Have you had record deals in the past? Do you have an agent? A manager? A publicist? Are you currently on tour? Have you ever been on tour? Do you generate many downloads or streams? Have you won or been nominated for any serious awards?  Have you opened for any major musicians? Have you been quoted or discussed in any publications? A&R reps want to know this. They don’t, however, want to know how you formed or what your motivation to write and perform music is. Keep it simple; the passion will show in your music. Include a recent, high quality photo that reflects your/your group’s image. Do not be disheartened if you don’t have the answers to some of these questions, especially regarding newspaper articles or music reviews. People of many varying degrees of experience will be submitting their music. Everyone has to start somewhere.

MUSIC–THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE SUBMISSION:

Different labels expect different types of music submissions. Some labels require SoundCloud submissions or links, others want email submissions through the inclusion of a digital mp3 attachment, and others want a physical CD. The important thing to remember, whether your music submission is streamable, an mp3 file or a physical CD, is that the recording quality of the music is not the most essential aspect. Of course, the music must be audible and be of as good quality as possible. You want to give the the label the best representation of your sound. However, A&R representatives will understand if you don’t have a professionally produced album. They expect to hear a rough cut or a good representation of what the final product could be, not the necessarily the final track. It’s called a demo for a reason. With that being said, continuity is important. All of the songs you submit should be of similar recording quality, unless the label specifically asks for a different version.

Different labels ask for different numbers of songs. Some ask for your entire repertoire. Some ask for two or three songs. Either way, it’s important that these are your BEST songs and that you’re not just sending them to bulk up your submission. Quality takes precedence over quantity and you need to ensure that every second of your submitted songs serve as the best possible representation of your potential.

Most artists just submit music and a few sentences describing themselves. However, consolidating all of the information discussed above, characteristics frequently forgotten or ignored, makes the A&R rep’s job easier and gives them more time to focus on reviewing your profile and music rather than searching around for your personal details.

Backtrack takes all your information and consolidates it into one comprehensive digital platform. Your profile becomes an evolving submission and representation of you. The service allows you to add and remove songs, constantly update your status and biography, and document your progress in achieving your career goals. Backtrack bundles this information into a concise, accessible format for the label you’re interested in submitting your music to. In essence, the service is one fluid submission platform as labels can discover you even without a formal submission on your end. With Backtrack you have access to labels and managers of all different styles and visions that could best represent you throughout the world. Submitting your music to labels and managers has never been easier. Simply send them a message on our service and your profile is highlighted on their page, allowing for increased efficiency in terms of reviewing the profiles of unsigned artists. Our goal is to provide new opportunities for serious artists looking for the perfect label and manager. Discover and organize your future on Backtrack, where the music industry has never been as accessible and full of new possibility.

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How To Start My Music Career

Every year, thousands of people attempt to start their music career. With new technology and online services, this is now a journey that anyone can navigate. Making yourself knowledgeable about the evolving music industry is your key to starting a sustainable and successful music career.

How serious are you about your music career? This question might seem silly, but knowing the answer is essential to defining your personal success. Do you want this to be your side job or your career? Figure this out for yourself and you can approach your career with purpose, and this will be evident in your work.

Create your own music. As an unsigned artist, you can differentiate yourself from other emerging or established musicians by showcasing your original work. Have a repertoire of original songs readily available to showcase and perform. Record your music well; either invest in recording equipment, software or time at a local recording studio. However, the quality of your production is not the deciding factor for a label or manager. Nonetheless, it is important to ensure that you provide labels and managers with the best representation of your sound.

Copyright and protect your music. If you distribute your music online via aggregators or record labels, then you must protect yourself from intellectual property theft and copyright infringement. Copyright can be conducted without a lawyer, maximizing efficiency and reducing expenses. This is a necessity, regardless of the status of your career.

Consider a membership to performing rights organizations such as ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. They will work to ensure that royalties are distributed to you appropriately. While it might not seem important in the beginning, the foundation of legal protection is necessary for your music to flourish commercially in the future.

Analyze your current situation in terms of your career status, expectations, and goals. Should you be looking for a manager, aggregator, or label? Managers book shows, put you in contact with labels, and cover public relations, usually at the price of a retainment cost, however certain agreements result in a percentage of your revenue. Aggregators distribute your music efficiently to all the digital retailers and streaming services for a fee. Record labels assume responsibility for distribution, legalities, and marketing for a percentage of your revenue. When finalizing a contract with a label, there are two avenues to consider: Assignment and Licensing. Assignment results in the signing away of all rights to the label in return for extreme support as well as commitment from the label. Assignment ensures trust on both ends as the artist believes the label is fully capable of handling not only their music but their career. On the other hand, the other conclusion is through licensing your music to the label. The artist will be able to maintain their rights to the music, however, the relationship with the label will be weaker as less trust is evident. What you decide will depend on the size of the label that signs you, your desired relationship with your label, and your vision for your music career.

You need to be heard, seen, and constantly thought of. Create a simple webpage that describes who you are, gives upcoming show dates, and links visitors to music and social networking feeds. Your social media presence must be strong if you want to be a relevant force in an extremely competitive industry.

Backtrack, a music service dedicated to connecting unsigned artists with managers and record labels throughout the world, makes the rapidly evolving music industry more accessible to those who seek to start a professional music career. The conventional method of starting any music career requires a lot of time, effort, dedication, and money–all of which are the necessary and inevitable costs of touring. By giving artists direct access to managers and labels on its digital platform, Backtrack reduces the amount of touring that is needed to get noticed or discovered by labels and managers, thus saving the artist a significant amount of money. Backtrack uses software to connect you to the global labels and managers that would be best for you, based on your goals, sounds, and visions. Furthermore, Backtrack offers organizational and analytical tools which you can use to further develop your sound and image, thus growing your musical career and potential and making you an attractive prospect for record labels and managers.

Starting a successful music career used to seem impossible. It was easy to feel hopeless and overwhelmed by the roadblocks, uncertainty, and magnitude of competition. However, Backtrack is committed to making your music career a very feasible reality, because we believe every voice should have the opportunity to be heard by the right people throughout the world. So go ahead, if you’re talented and passionate and ready to start your career, you can be confident that Backtrack is actively rooting for you and ready to take your career to the next level.

 

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http://btrackmusic.com/