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Independent Record Label Tips for Singers

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Are you ready to get signed to an independent record label?

Independent Record Label Tips for Singers: An independent recording label is a record label that is funded independently and isn’t connected to one of the big majors (Sony, Warner and Universal).

Although an independent record label is a smaller company, they still have the ability to help musicians become big names in the industry. Often you’ll find that an independent record label is a subsidiary of the major record labels but independently run.

Independent Record Label Tips for Singers

Before you consider approaching an independent record label, you have to be realistic in whether or not you’re ready. Remember that the music industry is a tough industry. You’re not going to be considered by an independent record label if you haven’t built up a big enough fan base, figured out your image or gained enough performing experience.

In most cases you are going to need as a minimum three potential hit singles you have written or collaborated on and a fan base. This is important as an independent record label is likely to want to see more than one song, giving them options improves your chances!

Building a Fan Base as a Singer

You will need a fan base, without them you’ll struggle to go far and it will be very unlikely that any independent record label will consider signing you. After all they will be the people to support your gigs and releases. The key to building a fan base as a singer is gigs, events and social media.

Independent Record Label

If you have the fan base, then make sure you have everything else lined up and got everything sorted before you start approaching an independent record label. You wouldn’t go to a job interview with half a CV so why approach an independent record label when you haven’t got everything a label would expect you to provide. Most labels will expect the basics such as the following if asked:

  • A press pack
  • A background to the act
  • Demo CDs
  • Merchandise
  • Social Media fan base
  • Website
  • An income stream

If you’ve got of all these things sorted and they’re successful then the next move would be to send your demos to an independent record label. There is a independent record label that are specific to certain genres, or work with certain acts such as tributes or lookalikes. This will help you to narrow down which independent record label you’re most suited to.

Some great examples of independent record label include:

  • XL Recordings
  • Rough Trade
  • Fool’s Good

Adele is a brilliant example of this, as signed with XL Recordings in 2006 and is now one of the biggest selling artists.

HOT TIP! Remember that being signed to an independent record label may not be the quick path to fame, but it’s a great step in the right direction and could end up being the best career decision you make.