Originally Posted by drummingman
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.
If a band has 'decent' enough following to attract a label, I would recommend they sell their own CDs in order to reap the most money.
What would you say is the key to a band having real longevity while staying true to their beliefs and thier musical vision?
The first thing is having music that people want to hear. plenty of artists have strong beliefs and a vision, but their music doesn't have enough widespread appeal to translate into any money for them, or a label. And starving for one's art is highly over-rated.
The second thing is, understanding that those same people will tell the band when they've had enough. Meaning... the band really has little control over how successful they will become, or how long it will last.
But most importantly, if there was a workable answer, every
band would last forever.
PS: I think I answered this exact question on another forum...