Saturday, April 11, 2009

Question of the Day ll: April 12, 2009

elissa p asks:

I've been contacted by a guy who's putting together an indie record compilation. He sent me the following re: my songs at Does this seem like a scam to you? Always very much appreciative of your sage advice!!

Hartmann responds:

Its a good pitch. If they weren't asking for money it might be worth a shot. There is no way to know for sure if these guys are legit. It would take a lot of time to research his claims. To succeed in the music renaissance you need to have a solid live act and a booking mechanism. If you have that you can sell you own product. There is no future in being with record companies. They don't sign or break new artists any more. To interest them you have to be happening on the Internet and in concert. If that is the case, you don't need them. Their strength in the old days was delivering radio, but radio is no longer relevant. Start you own record company and own your masters and publishing. Then use your live act to build a fan base and sell your product and merch directly to your fans at a high profit. The first level of success is survival. That means building a business around your music and not needing a day job or gimmick compilation records.

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