The Internet has permanently changed the music business. How record labels see music and musicians change literally every day. Some would argue that change is for the better while others see death on the horizon. Regardless of your perspective, music is still a viable commodity that will be required because of its multiple uses. There is music in movies, music for commercials, music for dancing with the stars, music in operational theaters – in other words, music is everywhere. To be able to record labels to hear your music, there are some basic rules you must follow:
Define your music – the genre, your style, who you sound and what your influence is.
Do research to find the names of labels that fit your genre, style and influences and carefully read their submission guidelines.
Look for artists who have a similar sound to you and the labels that have worked with them.
4. Create a long list of labels that you think are of interest to your music.
5. Reduce your longlist to a shortlist of labels based on their demo policies, acceptable submission formats, and their follow-up process, if allowed.
6. Before contacting a record company, keep your professional playing hat tight. In other words, good sound quality, mixed and mastered together with a professional press equipment that is well designed without spelling errors.
7. Look for labels that allow digital features, including electronic press packages, mp3 uploads, require registration free of charge and will offer some form of professional development to enhance your career goals.
8. Do not expect a record deal, but be sure to include labels that offer promotional help to get your music exposed to a larger audience.
9. Make a list of all the labels you have contacted and sent your demo so you can take notes on any feedback you should be lucky enough to receive.
10. Remember to choose your strongest songs, no more than 3 songs – the one that will listen to the listener’s attention on their first listen – you only have a few minutes to exhibit among the hundreds of demos that come to these record labels.
11. If you have personal contacts on some labels on your shortlist, you should start with these first but there are now good catalog sources for record online online.
Tips and warnings
This article offers tips on how to submit demo music to record labels without showing how to use the digital music age to improve the submission process and get easier recognition than ever before.