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How Do I Get My Demo Heard?

Aug 17, 2007
Just how do I go about getting my demo heard? This is a famous question among aspiring musicians looking for a recording contract. Honestly, the bigger the label, the lesser your chances become of them listening to the demo you send them.

To solve this problem, call the company and ask if they even accept unsolicited demos. If by chance they do, get exact instructions on how, where and to whom it should be sent. Then all you can do is hope they hear you, love you and offer you a music business contract.

You can also take another approach. You can try to gain the attention of an A&R Rep. Take a look at the company and who they have signed recording contracts with. Then ask yourself what the A&R rep may be looking for.

You are going to have to in some way or another demonstrate your ability to be marketable enough to offer a music contract. Do you know any club owners that will give you a solid recommendation? Do you have a fan club of 1,000 or more? Have you created a powerful promotional pack? You should try to answer yes to all these questions, if not, you have some work to do.

You need to get noticed and can do so through local media outlets. Showing that there is a positive buzz about your band or music can help you get one step closer to a music business contract.

Be persistent but keep in mind that there is a fine line between a persistent person and a stalker. Remain professional at all times but let them know that you are interested in contacting them for personal success and success for their label.

Make a list of solid researched companies that you believe you would fit in well with. Make these particular companies top on your list of prospective recording contracts. While you are on the road, network. Meet as many people you can when performing because you may get lucky and run into someone of importance.

Lastly, don't be afraid to talk to independent labels. These days, Indie labels offer recording contracts and music contracts and the profits can be nice. If you want to succeed you should explore every option out there. And don't worry, if you don't find success then you always have the option of starting your own independent label and releasing your music on your own.
About the Author
Online music industry's most recognizable voice-the former owner of an Indie label-current owner of Platinum Millennium Pub. & music industry seminar speaker/panelist. Author/creator of 40+ best-selling music biz materials & other "How to" resources, that helped 1000s of people. Visit http://www.order-yours-now.com/ for more information on music contracts, recording contracts & music business contracts.
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