HOW SHOULD ARTISTS APPROACH A RECORD LABEL?
Before you approach a record label you need to make sure that you are completely happy with your music and the artist that you are. If you feel you need any further development, take your time don’t rush straight to a record label. You need to make sure what you go to a record label is exactly what you want to be as an artist.
DEMOS FOR RECORD LABELS
Demos should be kept short and sweet. Record labels get sent thousands of demos so they aren’t going to listen to each demo for hours and hours. Pick your 3 best songs to showcase on your demo, making sure the first one is the best and is going to draw them in to listening further and then contacting you to hear even more of your music!
Check out more top tips and advice on how to get signed to a record label from Sony Music’s Layla Manoochehri here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQUVf56y7q8
HOW TO GET SCOUTED BY A RECORD LABEL
Record label A&R scouts are always out and about at gigs and open mic nights searching for new talent to sign, so it is essential to get yourself out there performing live at as many gigs as you can as you never know who might be there watching you.
It is also important to have a strong internet presence as record label scouts are also always searching the internet for new talent. So make sure you have your music up on SoundCloud and YouTube etc.
WHAT ARE RECORD LABELS LOOKING FOR?
Record labels are constantly trying to find the next big artist that is going to make it in the music market. So you need to make yourself unique to stand out from the crowd. They’re not looking for a copy cat artist; they want something different, so make yourself different!