Not excited just tired of the periods...
There are several reasons not to sign with a major label but today we will highlight ten that are near and dear to our hearts.
- They will not pay you – royalties (what’s that?), what about an advance (not any more but if they do, it’s as if you’re dealing with a loan shark…).
- There’s no staff working there – most labels are outsourcing various tasks to contractors that once were done by dedicated employees of the label. How dedicated is someone who has no stake in a company?
- They stifle your creativity – labels tell you what you can and cannot do with your music career. Sounds like you are their employee to me!
- They need a hit, even if it is not yours – it another artist’s project on that label gets a hit, guess what? Your project goes to the bottom of the pile – no more promotion for you!
- No more tour support – that’s a thing of the past for labels. You have to grind it out on your own, but don’t forget you still owe them money and have to pay them every time you gig.
- They will only sign you if you have a fan base and heavy sales – what kind of deal is that? Sounds more like pimpin’ to me!
- They control distribution – yep that’s right! That includes physical and digital if you’re not sure what kind of deal you are signing.
- They have the power to say no and most times will – you want to give away free music…that’s a big no – no. What about break a new single – uh that’s a no! Especially if it competes with another track.
- MTV, VH1 and BET are dead – any and everyone who wants to see music videos are onYouTube and guess what? Indie Artists can get paid for featuring their videos but if you’re signed to a major label – um maybe not!
- Terrestrial music radio is dying – with the advent of iTunes, Satellite Radio, Pandora, other online radio stations and smart phones who needs to tune in to their local radio station to hear the same stuff repeatedly.