The music industry may be changing, but most artists, especially those who are still building their careers, remain interested in signing record deals and being part of a label’s roster. It may or may not be necessary to making a living in music (depending on who you ask and what kind of music one is making), but it is still something millions of artists aspire to.
Because of that reason (among many others), getting your music heard by someone at a label can be incredibly difficult, let alone actually landing a deal.
No matter what anybody says, there is nothing you can do to ensure a record deal is in your future. You can make the best music, sell a million copies, or even become a viral sensation, but nothing is promised. Having made that clear, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. If there are people out there interested in buying your music, streaming it over and over, and seeing you live, there’s a chance at least one record label is willing to sign you and your band up to some sort of deal. The first step is getting your music heard by the right people, but it’s a very tricky first step.
Here are a few tips to help you find out which record labels are accepting demos and how you can actually submit to them.