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  • 21 Aug 2018
    Now, over three years later I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented musicians, producers, engineers, and artists, but getting from there to here wasn't as easy as I thought.A&R: Simultaneously the Most Frustrating and Fun Part of the Jobwork out Chicago has an awesome music scene, but sifting through the muck is a daunting task. I put several ads on Craigslist announcing the label and soliciting for artists; I received over one hundred responses review within the first week.A few tips for bands that are soliciting music labels:MySpace is a great place to showcase your music to your fans, but not to labels - the sound quality is poor at best.Include a little bit about yourself - there is more to a band than its music. If you have a story, tell it.Make sure you are ready to solicit music labels; just because your girlfriend thinks you're a rock star, it doesn't mean anyone else will.The Fun PartGoing to shows has to be best part of the job. What other job allows you to hang out in some great clubs and venues, see live music, enjoy adult beverages, and hang out with some incredibly talented musicians?In my opinion, a band's excercise live show makes or breaks them. I have heard some amazing tracks sent to me only to be let down by a band that mopes around on stage.Time is Your Worst EnemyRecording schedules, day cd jobs, line-up changes, funding challenges, and studio issues make what you anticipate to be a three-month project into an eighteen-month project. Nothing goes according to schedule, so be prepared, and more importantly, keep the artists prepared. Bands can disappear when they feel they aren't at the point they should be, but they aren't always aware of what happens behind the scenes to get that record in their hands.What Worked in the Past Won't Always Work in the FutureThe music industry is undergoing a revolution,many people recording cd music and when the dust settles, those that embrace technology and cater to the changing ways in which consumers find, buy, and listen to music will still be standing.When people ask where they can buy our cd music releases I list off all of the popular online destinations. Then they ask, "Why so you don't sell CDs?" and I ask in return, "When was the last time you bought a CD?" The answer is always a resounding, "I can't remember!"Think and Act DifferentlyPeople don't get their music the same way they used to as most are on cds today and the industry needs to be flexible to adapt. My label decided to be an buy all-digital label, partnering with a review distributor that gets our artists to just about everywhere people go for music, including the consistently growing music streaming sites.We also operate on a profit-sharing system where we split the revenue with the artist to help with cost of making music cds over the traditional royalty structure. I thought back to my friend and his checks for a few dollars, and I wanted to do something different. So instead of the artists making tiny percentages off of high-cost physical media, they take a large cut of a low distribution cost digital sale.So if you think you have what it takes, go for it! Just remember that they call it the music business for a reason.For Great Selection of Dvd,Cd,Vhs,Books Visit My Store By Going To chmailorder.com,www.bonanza.com/booths/Chlp/,
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  • Now, over three years later I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented musicians, producers, engineers, and artists, but getting from there to here wasn't as easy as I thought.A&R: Simultaneously the Most Frustrating and Fun Part of the Jobwork out Chicago has an awesome music scene, but sifting through the muck is a daunting task. I put several ads on Craigslist announcing the label and soliciting for artists; I received over one hundred responses review within the first week.A few tips for bands that are soliciting music labels:MySpace is a great place to showcase your music to your fans, but not to labels - the sound quality is poor at best.Include a little bit about yourself - there is more to a band than its music. If you have a story, tell it.Make sure you are ready to solicit music labels; just because your girlfriend thinks you're a rock star, it doesn't mean anyone else will.The Fun PartGoing to shows has to be best part of the job. What other job allows you to hang out in some great clubs and venues, see live music, enjoy adult beverages, and hang out with some incredibly talented musicians?In my opinion, a band's excercise live show makes or breaks them. I have heard some amazing tracks sent to me only to be let down by a band that mopes around on stage.Time is Your Worst EnemyRecording schedules, day cd jobs, line-up changes, funding challenges, and studio issues make what you anticipate to be a three-month project into an eighteen-month project. Nothing goes according to schedule, so be prepared, and more importantly, keep the artists prepared. Bands can disappear when they feel they aren't at the point they should be, but they aren't always aware of what happens behind the scenes to get that record in their hands.What Worked in the Past Won't Always Work in the FutureThe music industry is undergoing a revolution,many people recording cd music and when the dust settles, those that embrace technology and cater to the changing ways in which consumers find, buy, and listen to music will still be standing.When people ask where they can buy our cd music releases I list off all of the popular online destinations. Then they ask, "Why so you don't sell CDs?" and I ask in return, "When was the last time you bought a CD?" The answer is always a resounding, "I can't remember!"Think and Act DifferentlyPeople don't get their music the same way they used to as most are on cds today and the industry needs to be flexible to adapt. My label decided to be an buy all-digital label, partnering with a review distributor that gets our artists to just about everywhere people go for music, including the consistently growing music streaming sites.We also operate on a profit-sharing system where we split the revenue with the artist to help with cost of making music cds over the traditional royalty structure. I thought back to my friend and his checks for a few dollars, and I wanted to do something different. So instead of the artists making tiny percentages off of high-cost physical media, they take a large cut of a low distribution cost digital sale.So if you think you have what it takes, go for it! Just remember that they call it the music business for a reason.For Great Selection of Dvd,Cd,Vhs,Books Visit My Store By Going To chmailorder.com,www.bonanza.com/booths/Chlp/,
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