Your family says you’re good, your friends say you’re good, and you also don’t hate your recordings when you listen to them. More than that, you really think music is where you see your career going and just the thought of you standing on a stage in front of thousands of people gives you the good kind of butterflies in your stomach. If that’s the case, it’s about the time to put in some work and get discovered by a record label worthy to bring your talent to the broad audiences. Let’s see how you can get there.
Write your own songs
It goes without saying that making it in the music industry these days without original pieces is practically impossible. You either need a person who would write meaningful texts for you which you would then adapt to your style and arrange the music around them, or you can do everything from scratch yourself. Some of the top-level performers do have other people writing songs for them, but until you get there, you’ll need to show that you have what it takes to impress people with original sound.
Polish your music
No matter how good you are, if you don’t have anything substantial to offer, your chances of being noticed are pretty slim. Upon coming across your work and your music, the record labels need to see much more than your voice, they need to understand you’re taking music very seriously. That includes the best quality recordings possible and thoughtful song arrangement. The process is popularly referred to as mixing and mastering; mixing being the part where you form a stereo audio file by putting together individual tracks and mastering is what follows and is necessary to ensure the quality of the recordings and that the entire album is coherent.
Establish an online presence
The days of people handing out mixtapes in the street are not completely over, but they are pretty close to getting there. And plus, unless you’re standing outside the building of a record company, the chances of you handing one to a record label representative and them listening to it are practically nonexistent.
Instead, make sure you have a strong online presence and that your social media is representative of how you envision yourself as a performer. It must be said that it goes way beyond Instagram or Facebook though. While social media is a crucial step to being discovered because it is the easiest way to reach out to people and build a fan base, an official website is a must if you are to receive serious attention from record labels. The people working there need to make sure that what you’re offering is compatible with their style and the music they produce. Plus, an official website will be essential in branding yourself.
Do the groundwork
You’ll need to send out a lot of demos to a lot of places. While it’s great to have a list of top five record labels you’d like to be signed by (they can even be among the top ones in the world), there is no harm in sending out your recordings to many others. In fact, by seeing from whom you hear back, potentially getting feedback and seeing who’s actually interested in your music you can decide whether you need to make changes to how you present yourself or if you’re on the right track.