Have a read.
I think this links to the statements I made in the 'also-ran' thread. If you want to be in the running for getting signed etc. there are certain things you probably should do.
I think the points made in the HYPNOS article have been made here before several times (I've been on fastfude for quite a few years) but for new comers i think this information is quite important.
I don't think it matters if you've heard of HYPNOS before, you could change the name to DOMINO, SONY, SMALLTOWN AMERICA, or any other established major or indie label.
I think the idea that you have to work for yourself is vitally important to become established. Every little helps.
Great link there Barry, cheers for posting it.
Are there any other interesting links to record company demo-policy about?
Maybe No Dancing, or Acroplane could post theirs?
As local indie labels (dealing with indie-pop-rock and dance-electronica respectively).
I'm sure there would be plenty of interested readers.
Any other interesting policies and articles on this subject?
I think record companies are nearly all about word of mouth/people they have seen themselves and consider good enough.
They have scouts but they are mainly told to go see bands by people that are above them in the company. I think the best idea for a band is to try and set yourself up independently and never think of needing a record company to get by.That way if a record company does come in, you are that much more attracitve to them because they have to do very little work and the money they give you will seem like a sounder investment and therefore you would possibly get more!
Look at Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! they didn't have a deal for their first album yet were huge in the UK indie scene! Once their album sold well they then signed onto Witchita (V2 publishing/distro) I believe.
Another thing record companies are going to look for is evidence of your on the road work ethic.
If they look at your myspace and see a stream of upcoming gigs (and a decent history), they'll be encouraged to look further. This certainly applies to the punk / metal / HC scene.
[quote:758eccc30b]Look at Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! they didn't have a deal for their first album yet were huge in the UK indie scene! Once their album sold well they then signed onto Witchita (V2 publishing/distro) I believe.[/quote:758eccc30b]
They're still independent in the US. They keep as much control as possible and only outsource when they can't physically do it themselves eg. Europe
Hardly any bands get 'signed' any more unless they're more or less fulfilling all of the functions of a record company themselves already. The company will just (hopefully) be able to do those things in an enhanced way (certainly in terms of promotion, touring and distribution) and provide capital investment (or 'a loan').
But to narrow the odds down to the point where someone is even going to consider you as a serious proposition (and assuming we're taking being sh*t hot as read), they're going to want to see a self-sufficient machine ready to hit the ground running and used to hard work. 'Development deals' are very thin on the ground these days.
There are exceptions but extremely few...
Sign yourselves and press your own records.