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HOW TO GET SIGNED TO A RECORD LABEL

Advice on how to get signed to a record label for unsigned artists.

HOW TO GET SIGNED TO A RECORD LABEL

How to get signed to a record label: Every unsigned artist is ultimately looking to be swept up by a record label and given the opportunity and backing to make it in the music industry. Therefore Open Mic UK gives advice below to unsigned artists on how to get signed to a record label.

For your chance to perform infront of record label A&R, enter singing contest Open Mic UK now.

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 from Sony Music’s Layla Manoochehri below.

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. 

It is also essential that you have synchronisation in all of your social media platforms. Try not to confuse your fans by making each one of your social media pages different. So make sure you’re Facebook cover photo is the same as your Twitter header, and you’re SoundCloud display picture is the same as your website or YouTube display picture. Everything needs to be the same so you have a recognisable brand that your fans and more importantly record labels can identify you.

The same goes for your URL’s, the more synchronised they are, the easier it is to find you. For example Open Mic UK uses similar URLs to increase search ability:

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!

HOW TO GET SIGNED TO A RECORD LABEL

Check out our other tips for unsigned below and enter music competition Open Mic UK now for your chance to get spotted and signed by a record label.

Approaching a record label

Act image and synchronisation

Working on your brand

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