If you submit your material to a major publisher or record label without them requesting you to do so, you’ll probably receive your material back with a huge stamp on it that says “RETURN UNSOLICITED.” The reasons for these companies not accepting material from unknown outside sources are many. I will discuss three of the main ones here.
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
—King Henry VI, Part II.
Even though this line by William Shakespeare may sound funny, many argue that he was not saying that we should actually kill all the lawyers.Rather, he meant that if there were no lawyers, there would be nobody to be the advocate for the common man.
One of the most important decisions a new act must make is whether to sign a recording contract. If you are lucky enough to be offered a deal with a major record label, you may think, “I’ve finally made it!” But have you? The answer depends on a number of factors.
“Good quality demo” can have multiple meanings. Some people refer this way to high quality sound, exceptional engineering and perfect mix. Others mean a unique song that has a high potential of becoming a hit. Considering that most musicians record a demo with a purpose of getting a record deal, we must understand what record companies think of this matter.