If you found this from google you are one of the following:
1. Super lazy and don't know what hard work is.
2. Getting old and feel like your window to becoming a rockstar is closing fast.
3. Have some serious fire music and need to get signed to a record label ASAP.
Whichever one you are I am going to show you exactly how to get a record deal fast. I cannot guarantee a label will sign you but I can guarantee you will connect with important people at big labels. What happens after that is up to you!
Have you made a fire track? Put your heart and soul into it? Maybe you just rapped over a shitty beat your friend made in garage band? Either way, if you want a deal you are going to need some type of demo, an account on SoundCloud, or music released on Spotify, Apple Music etc. How much does this factor into you getting a record deal: 30%
- Put your music EVERYWHERE.
If Soulja Boy can make it going from Batesville, Mississippi and get his music out there you can too. Living in a small town or not a "Music Industry" city has nothing to do with the level of success you can achieve. Soulja uploaded his music everywhere online and posted his first YouTube video just 3 months after they launched their beta version. Upload your music to these platforms to reach the most ears and eyes.
Do you think artists get signed purely based on musical talent? Sorry but they don't. A good amount of stars parents pay their way into the music business. The other part is how good looking you are or how unique you look. Labels are looking for people they can turn into larger than life characters. They need to see if you have the ability to be molded into a huge pop star (regardless your genre of music) all labels are looking to take you in the pop direction. They go where the money is. There are the rare occurrences where musical talent heavily outweighs the looks/appearance factor, people like Them Yorke and Ed Sheeran come to mind. If you look like an average Joe then cover your face in weird tattoos and get a weird haircut. How much does this factor into you getting a record deal: 30%
This is the step that 90% will likely not take. Yes, you are going to pick up the phone and call someone on it. I know its frightening but you want a "record deal fast" remember? Don't worry I will tell you exactly what to say word for word and exactly what to do. How much does this factor into you getting a record deal: 40%
First we must establish our record label A&R checklist. A&R's are people with typically little to no musical talent who hangout with producers and will invest time to develop an act into a huge pop star. If you don't like that definition here is wikipedia's: Artists and repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label or music publishing company that is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists and songwriters.
A&R Bros You are going to call each respective label and deliver this exact pitch. I have used this pitch personally and had success with it but it only works if you nail it. You need to practice over and over again. Call the record label. Someone will answer and say ____ records. This is when you confidently ask for the person's name of whoever you are trying to reach. State your name confidently first.
As an example: "George Goodrich for Nate Albert" then you will be sent through to their secretary or assistant.
This is when you goto battle with the gatekeepers! The assistant will ask you in a hurriedly frantic voice who you are and what you want.
Follow this script-
You: "Hey how are you?"
Them: "I'm fine how can I help you?"
You: "Sorry what was your name?"
You: "Hi Steve my name is George Goodrich and I'm a young up and coming rapper from Portland, Oregon my artist name is Wolfie Blackheart. My fans say I sound like a young version of (super successful pop star that sound somewhat like you). I know you do not accept unsolicited material but I already have music on (SoundCloud, Spotify) and would appreciate your feedback on my music. Can I get your email to send you a link to it and if you like it could you pass it onto (name of A&R)?"
Them: "Uhhh ok email@example.com"
You: "Great thanks for your time Steve" *Click*
This is where most people fall off. You will call this person again the very next day and they will be flabergasted and borderline angry you are calling them again! There's a 90% chance they didn't even listen to you music or just trashed your email. Simply state your name and let them know you are following up. Do this everyday until they either do one of the following. Send your music through to the A&R, tell you your music sucks, agree to meet with you in person. Use this list of A&R's and start dialing.
NATE ALBERT Executive vp, Capitol Music Group
Notable Signings: The Weeknd
Capitol Music Group Phone Number: 323-462-6252
Time Zone: New York
Senior vp A&R, Epic Records
Notable Signings: DJ Khaled, Travis Scott
President A&R, Interscope Geffen A&M
Notable Signings: Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez
Interscope Records Phone Number: 310-865-1000
Time Zone: Los Angeles
Global vp A&R, Warner Music Group
Notable Signings: David Guetta, Jason Derulo
Warner Music Group Phone Number: 212-275-2000
Time Zone: New York
Senior director, creative, Pulse Music Group
Notable Signings: Rihanna, Kevin Gates
Pulse Music Group Phone Number: 323-665-0008
Time Zone: Los Angeles
Executive vp/head of A&R, Atlantic Records
Notable Signings: Melanie Martinez, Santana
Atlantic Records Phone Number: 212-707-2000
Time Zone: New York
These are just a few of the hundreds of A&R's. It is important to establish a relationship with lower level assistants as they will someday be running the label. Here is a larger directory of record label phone numbers. Don't get discouraged if someone hangs up on you or calls you an idiot. It's part of the process and the more people you call the better you become at it. Send me a message if you have success or good stories from your cold calling adventure. Then again, who needs labels? Why not just get your music on some huge Spotify playlists and do it yourself?
BONUS TIP: It has been now a known fact that if you can garner 5 million Spotify streams streams on a single in under a few months that is enough to get you a recording contract in the 6 figure range. If you have a long term vision career and want to build your Spotify profile visit PlaylistPush.com which helps get your music to independent curators. This can trigger algorithms on Spotify and feed your song into official playlists.