18 minutes | Sep 10th 2020

The Pros and Cons of Independent labels vs Major record labels for artists and bands

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In Episode 13 we look into the pros and cons of independent labels vs major labels for artists and bands, discussing everything from - What makes a record label 'indie'? to what are artist-friendly record label deals? When it comes to getting a record deal, finding the right fit and structure with a label is crucial — but is an indie or a major record company a better overall fit for you? Firstly, you will need to know the difference’s between a major and independent record label. The common perception of a “record label” is one of the major record labels, located in London, Los Angeles or New York, which signs all of the major artists and bands. These major record labels, including Sony, Warner, EMI, Capitol, and Universal Records, are major corporations with hundreds of millions of dollars behind them to support projects they choose too. This allows them to fully fund the biggest artists out there. In the eyes of emerging artists, a record deal with a major label was always the big prize to go after. However, the major music industry is on life-support with the introduction of online social networks (Facebook, Twitter) and digital music retail stores such as iTunes & Amazon. The fact that major releases are often leaked to the internet weeks before their release day. Enter the Indie (short for Independent) record label. Follow & subscribe to The Entertainment Engine for weekly news & updates. Twitter @entengine Facebook www.facebook.com/TheEntertainmentEngine Instagram @seamless_entertainment The Entertainment Engine  - Website  Seamless Entertainment - Website The Entertainment Engine - Merch Store Email the team:  podcast@seamlessentertainment.co.uk Send us a voice message via https://anchor.fm/entertainmentengine/message  The background music was written & produced by BeX & Alan Glass. (Seamless Music productions) Podcast engineered & mixed by BeX Gregory. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/entertainmentengine/message
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