Sending demos to Record companies.
As someone who has been involved in music for over 10 years, I feel the best way to make a career in the music world is by doing it yourself. Building a small company for yourself in order to Record, Promote and Distribute your music. Anyone, however, who is involved in music for the same reason as 'LL cool J' and 'P didy' is, here is a helping hand.
How do I get my music heard?
Most record companies, big or small, are sent hundreds perhaps thousand of demos everyday. There's no way of telling which is the best demo, no way of telling what sort of music is on them and the record company executives are spoiled for choice. So how does a record company executives decide which demo he/ she will listen to? Here's a list of things you can do to give your cd a better chance of getting into the hands of a record company.
I have been told by many people in the industry, as well as watching documentries and reading about it that the execs won't even look at a demo if it doesn't have a set number of requirements. Some are as follows:
- Firstly an opening email must be sent to the record company ASKING can you send them a demo. If they don't reply, don't bother. If they reply you're in. Tell them which cd to look out for.
- Cd must be in a padded envelope with the address written legebly and the return address must be written on the back.
- Cd presentation and artwork is very important. If you haven't gone to the trouble of packaging the cd in a brand new case with excellent artwork, the record company won't go to the trouble of listening to it.
- Cd quality is also very important. Go to the trouble of getting a good recording. I recommend Andy at Krecording.com. He did my band's demo (Hubris music page) and we were very happy. He's cheap, nice fella and he's better than most of the well known studios
There is a list of record companies on or 'Labels' page. We are not recommending them as such, but it's somewhere to start.