In this post we want to give you some useful tips on how to increase your change of getting signed to a record label.
Good to know: The most important thing is to make a plan of how you’re going to proceed before you start randomly e-mailing every record company you can think of.
Dos and Don’ts
- Send the demo only to labels that fit your style
- Send only your best demo (maximum 1-2, high quality)
- If possible, send a personalized e-mail directly to an A&R
- Keep your e-mail short (be friendly, tell them about your demo and some important facts about yourself)
- Send a private SoundCloud or DropBox link (with optional download)
- Don’t mass e-mail (distribution list or BCC)
- Don’t send more than two demos at the same time
- Don’t be rude! A&Rs are just people, too
- Don’t be impatient (a lot of labels need several weeks to answer your e-mail)
- Don’t be discouraged if a label doesn’t respond (no answer usually means that your demo doesn’t fit)
- Don’t give up if a label rejects a demo!