Originally Posted by bermuda
I'm not aware of a way to have both. If you were to be signed, you can be sure it's for the label's advantage, not the band's. If the band makes it to the end of their contract, has been successful and the label wants to hang on, only then does the band possess any negotiating power.
Longevity is the way to make money in this business, very very VERY few artists make any real money right off the bat (and only a few of them can hang onto it.)
Things just aren't as simple or fair as you'd like them to be regarding the business.
Thanks for the info. It is helpful for sure.
Let me ask this, if a band comes to a label with a decent following of fans does not this give them more negotiating power? I have always thought this to be the case.
What would you say is the key to a band having real longevity while staying true to their beliefs and thier musical vision?