This is a question I think most of us have been wanting the answer to, and still, I don't know. If any of you have some advice then please share!
For a while now I have been producing music. I've recently started to get my own kind-of sound, and am finally starting to get happy with my finished tracks. My confidence is building, but one thing that seems impossible is actually getting recognised / getting yourself out there.
I know listens on your tracks are important - the more people that hear it, the more likely it is it will get shared. But it seems to me, even if you do make the 'best track of the year', if no-one hears it, then it's nothing. This may seem obvious, but it's just hit me (hard round the face!) that making a tune is half of it, promoting it is the difficult bit. Once you have your contacts then I s'pose it's a lot easier, but for a producer that's just starting out, it seems impossible without lots of money
Even getting in contact with record labels seems difficult. I know it's punching (way way way) above my weight, but I emailed Defected Records, not expecting a response, I just wanted to be pointed in the right direction to send in a demo. But like I thought, the message was viewed, but not responded to.
My point here is, what if I had the 'track of the summer?' A track that would make them lots of money (as this seems to be the only thing they are interested in.) - They would never know!
I always try hard to be formal and professional with record companies, making the artwork myself and aiming my tracks at the right companies, but it seems so difficult now to make yourself stand out.
I know there are a lot of producers out there trying to make it, and the R/c's must have to sift through a lot of rubbish before they find something worth releasing. I just wondered;
To anyone that's had something released, be it a small or massive label; how did you go about it? Did you send a physical demo? Were you constantly chasing for them to listen to your track? Did they recognise you from your Soundclouod account?
I won't ever give up on what I love, and I'm not into it for the money. It's all about the music.