Nowadays, It’s hard to be exposed to record labels, especially when there is so much competition out there. In this post, we will talk further about 12 tips on how to release your music in the major record label. And hopefully, you’ll find some tips that would be great for you!
1. Focus Only For One Genre
Look at the musicians that have significant success with their music releases. They stay focused on the primary genre to get faithful fans but also to get noticed by record labels. When you are focused only on one genre, then you can start shaping your skills and making things more advanced as you grow. And that’s precisely what labels needs. Just find the type of the genre in which you can produce music for a long time, and you are good to go.
2. Listen To Tracks That Have Been Released In The Label and Get Inspired
However, it may not work well for everybody, but it’s good advice if you are just looking for inspiration but also what the actual label is looking for and what’s trendy. However, sometimes, you would surprise the label with your very own music production style, and that would be even better.
3. Create a Better Version of Sounds That Are Using a Lot On The Label
Listen to many tracks on the label to determine what are the main sounds and elements. Then create a better version of that, but don’t overuse it as it may become so obvious and also because you want to have your own production.
4. Be Sure What You Are Doing
When starting a new project, make sure that you work on single sounds as long as they sound great. Don’t try to add many instruments and elements there because it can hurt the quality of your track over time. You have to know when to use specific effects and appropriate tools to have excellent final results for that current project state.
5. Make Deadlines
Start practicing deadlines, especially when considering that the label you want to release your music in is your dreamed one. This action is forcing you to have specific things done without a headache because you don’t need to do everything on that day, so you can be focused on a particular thing and make it as best as you can.
It’s also great if you are serious about music production because of consistency. Being day-to-day consistent is a must for you in that case. Anyway, if you are looking just for some occasional release, then you don’t need to make strict deadlines, and you can focus on producing when you have free time. However, with practicing deadline routine, you can slowly get closer to your first significant release.
6. Be Extremely Self-Critical
This practice applies to many other things, not only music production. Don’t worry about being self-critical because it’s the right way to go. First, you need to hear the other’s opinions to know even what others think about it. So ask your friends, producers or label itself if it’s what they are expecting from you to do for them.
Maybe the first feedback wouldn’t be so good for you, and you will have to receive it, but you will know what’s your weakest page but also the most powerful so only then you can start working in the right places. It’s also good to keep the updated label with your latest tracks and keep communicating with them, and if they will see some potential in yourself, then it’s a pretty high chance that they will give you honest feedback in good time.
In opposite – when sending your first thing to them, make sure that it has really good quality; otherwise, you can lose the chance that they will reply to you.
7. Compose And Send Them More Songs/Tracks Rather Than One
Think about it this way – what’s the chance that big label will let you know after you will send your file to them? If they are pretty big, they will receive tons of audio files daily, and what will happen is that your song will lose in that amount of track. On the contrary, after you will prepare more tracks, it would be more appealing, and you will get much better chances that the label will hear your track.
But it’s not only one reason for sending them more songs instead of one. Another benefit is that when you send them various subgenres of this primary genre, they can hear what’s your best tracks there so you can easily recognize where you can focus more and where you have to pay attention to make it better next time.
8. Send Them Mastered Versions Rather Than Premaster
It’s optional, but as you will send them mastered songs, it will make a better first impression than sending them quiet mixdown. In case that they will want that they heard, they will ask you for the mixdown version anyway.
9. Contact Musicians That Released There Already
Feel free to contact music artists that are your favorite and also in case that you would bring something new to the collaboration and make it unique. Send them your tracks that you are working on and ask them if they would like to continue on it. Keep in mind that you have to contact people that are at the same level – then it’s a pretty high chance that you will get the feedback.
In the end, this is a useful shortcut in your career in case you don’t have a big name, and you are not recognized as much yet as you would wish to be.
10. Before Sending Anything To Label – Publish Some Tracks For Free
One of the first things that label will check is your published music and actual feedback. Before you try to send your music to label, it’s good to upload some of your tracks on your profile (SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Pandora, MySpace, Last.FM, anything you prefer.)for free to better understand what’s your music about.
11. Expose Yourself
This is one of the best tips on this list. It’s similar to the previous one where you have to publish your track for free – but to be more efficient, upload your track to the SoundCloud and then enter them to platforms like Hyppedit or TheArtistUnion. You can enable free download for your track in exchange for comments, likes, or reshares.
You will not only get better exposure and being more visible to the labels, but you will also know the honest feedback that’s important to you in this stage. Don’t worry about publishing tracks for free just because it would be on the label. For example, we’ve made (me and mate) a free Drum & Bass collab release as a Zound with the Wingz because we weren’t satisfied with the track.
We’ve just uploaded the track to the Reddit and get some good feedback even when we didn’t expect it for this tune. The great thing about that is that you can make the Remix of that track in the future.
12. Release In The Small Labels First
It’s the right approach, especially if you want to grow as a musician. You just simply can’t get big enough from day to day to be able to release in the major label. Yes, there are some exceptions where some artists have tremendous potential and would be signed immediately, but most of the time not. It’s a great mindset that will keep you growing as you will learning new things.
However hard it could be, there are tons of guides, tutorials, courses on how to improve your sound and get it on the new level. You just have to be more critical to yourself, and after some time, you will see some good results. But also, as I said above, more factors would be essential on your journey to release in big record labels. Anyway, don’t stop thinking big.