So, you're a musician and you need to know how to get a record deal? You've come to the right place. Here, you'll be taught the basics so that way you can get started on your path to recording arist superstardom. Keep in mind that getting a record deal takes a lot of time and dedication.
- Write great songs. First, you'll need to write a lot of songs. Set the mood that you want your songs to have. Then, write musical parts and write lyrics that correspond to the mood. If you want a song to sound sad, write the music in a minor key. Make sure that the arrangement of the songs sounds appealing to the ears.
- Practice whenever you can. "Practice makes perfect." You've probably heard that a million times, but it's true. The more you practice, the better you sound. No record label will hand out a deal to someone that sounds terrible.
- Develop an image for yourself. Be original when making an image for yourself. An image is your public appearance— how you look and dress. For example, the Ramones' public image was wearing leather jackets and tattered jeans, completed with serious faces and long hair.
- Start playing live. Playing live is a great way to get attention from locals. Playing live is also a great way to gauge the audience's reaction to your songs. Invite your friends and their friends to your gigs to develop a fanbase. Figure out what songs are popular and get good reactions from the audience. Make sure pictures are taken of you and your band to help with promotion.
- Market your shows. Advertise your shows on Facebook, Twitter, local music stores, etc.
- Make a demo. Make a demo of your most popular song. Don't make a demo of a cover though, regardless whether it's popular or not. Record labels like original content. Once you have your demo, give copies to fans, people on the streets, and studio heads at record labels.
- Reaching out to a record label. Find a record label that you and your band feel comfortable with. Pack up your demo and your live photos into a bundle. Include a biography of all band members. Write a letter making the case as to why you should be signed. Follow up and be persistent without being aggravating.
- If you don't get the record deal, keep trying. Don't be disappointed if you don't get a deal on your first try. The chances are extremely slim. Sometimes, you'll have to reach out to multiple record labels to get a deal. Continue to play local shows get more attention. The more attention you get, the better. Once you have your record deal, enjoy it!