Great website for finding independent music stores
Posted on Jun 16, 2004 11:45 am
bace135 in the house tonight!
Member Since: Jan 28, 2003
I think it was created to help people find records that they are looking for. But I find it great as a directory of stores to potentially stock releases by my label.
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Jun 17, 2004 06:09 am ahh, very cool link. :) What type of label do you run? I run a small indie label also. Check out disclogic.com also if you are looking for somewhere to distribute online download sales for your label. They are pretty cool and work with a lot of indies.
Since: Apr 10, 2004
coolobace135 in the house tonight!Member
Jun 17, 2004 11:22 am My label is basically focused on good music(!), but since me and my partners mostly do hip hop, and are most connected in that arena, that's what we are starting out with. We just recently released our first uh, release, a hip hop compilation. You can check out the site at www.paraphan.com.
Since: Jan 28, 2003
I will look into this disclogic you speak of.
Jun 19, 2004 12:56 pm cool, I will definately check out your site. We pretty much focus on projects that we believe in also and don't limit to one particular genre. Although lately, we've been doing a lot with acoustic/pop rock kinda people on different things. Congrats on your first release!
Since: Apr 10, 2004
If you guys ever need any help on cd replication also, I have an inside contact at Disc Makers out in NY that I can hook you up with. :) peace
Jun 19, 2004 02:36 pm How come none of the people that own these little labels will sign lil' ol' me and distribute my forethcoming EP...
:: sigh ::
No love, man, no love...
Jun 20, 2004 05:56 am Agree wi you on that DB!
Jun 20, 2004 06:33 am Hey guys,
Since: Apr 10, 2004
Have you guys sent out any copies to other labels yet? I'd be willing to atleast give your projects a good listen if you'd like to send a demo disc. The only reason I don't do online submissions at the moment is caus I end up listening to everything in my car when I am back and forth between studios and what not.
I am always putting together projects though, and if I run across anything that would suite your tunes I am always happy to drop a fellow musician a line and help out where possible. I used to actually work in A & R for a production company out of NYC, but am doing everything independently now days due to the fact that I like to be involved with everything from start to finish. :)
As for distribution, what type are you guys looking to get into? If you want to hit stores locally in your area, most likely you're going to get consignment deals if you go after them, but nationally you will need a good business plan and a tour to back you up.
You should also try a company called Oasis manufacturing. They do a deal for national dist. through Best Buy, Amazon, Tower Records and a few others that might help you out. The only catch is that you have to have people order your cd at those stores that you want to have them in for them to actually "stock" your cd. The good news is that you'll be in their database and on their roster though if anyone does any online purchases.
You could also try the ever growing popular online distribution if you look for some of the indie companies that are sort of like Itunes. There is a cool one called disclogic.com that is a good spot for starters if you have your own tunes. :)
As for getting signed, its not that hard really. It comes down to having a tight product which they can sell and knowing what you are doing when you jump into the business side of things. You basically have to prove that you're sellable to the record companies to get a deal instead of the mis-construed ideals of most that they will sign something that sounds like something else.
Basically if you have fresh tunes, and a drive to succeed its not terribly hard at all. I'll warn you though that you will make a lot of sacrifices hitting the road when you get into a deal though. I was on a label with a band for 2 years and toured extensively and it takes its toll which is why I started my own company and settled down in one spot and got married. lol
As for anything that you would want to ever know about the industry though check out: starpolish.com and read the Advice section from start to finish. :) You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about getting deals, distribution, touring, marketing..etc..
If you guys want to shoot me a demo or press kit though, e-mail me from the addy on ntertainmentgroup.com and we'll chat. Thanks
Jun 20, 2004 09:07 am Eh, I was just bustin your chops a little bit, I won't waste your time with my tunes. My EP is getting close to do and I plan to put out a little subdomain of my business site with my music, much like what flametheband did. I don't expect to sell a lot, I'm juts an old dude playin' old rock music :-)
That said however, I do agree with a lot of what you have said above :-) Maybe you could write an article for HRC regarding methods of distribution, promotion and such...
Jun 20, 2004 09:34 am Hey DB,
Since: Apr 10, 2004
No problem. :) I never consider any tunes to be a waste of time actually, but I always commend musicians who like to push the envelope. I think there are far to many out there that realize its not too hard to push forward. :)
As for the article, sure e-mail me @ [email protected] and let me know details a bit further and I'd be happy to work something up for the boards.
If you ever want to shoot me a demo disc also, you're always welcome. I listen to just about anything except my ears must be getting old on me because I can't take much of the death metal side of the music spectrum now days. lol
Jun 20, 2004 01:48 pm I have 4 tunes (I think) in my profile that represent my songwriting pretty well I think...a couple more coming before too long I hope...
Jun 21, 2004 06:09 am Hey Charlie..
Thanks for the offer and some good stuff in your post there my friend!
I am kinda similar to DB in what I am doing. I am also close to completing my EP with just a couple of tunes to be added and some final touches.
I am planning on putting it all on my website which is under construction right now. I do have 4 songs done though..if you fancy a listen let me know and I can upload em for ya.
Unfortunately, sending a disc in the post may not be ideal as I'm sitting here in Scotland!!
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