What makes you a better record label?
The music business does not do any favors for the independent artist or band. Even smaller independent labels operate like the "Big Guys". Our approach is simple; create good music and allow the artist(s) to earn their fair share. Music labels, large and small, use confusing contracts and confounding revenue models. They try to keep the artist(s) under extended contracts and find ways to pull money away from the artist.
We have simple terms, don't control the artist through 360 contracts, and work as a team to promote the music. It's not just the artist's reputation that is being built, it is also the record label and the producer's. So we take pride in everything we do.
Tell me more about the process.
The process starts with the song. If you have one or more ready for recording, then we make arrangements with local studios to get you in and get the tracks recorded. If you are still writing the music, as a producer and musician, I can help with ideas and become your writing partner. During the recording process I will be your producer, listening to the song, the performance and making changes and recommendations to get the best out of the recording. The studio engineer may do an initial mix of the song to have as a reference when it comes back to our studio for mixing and production.
We mix and produce the track(s) at our studio. This allows us to be out of the recording environment and in a place where we know and trust our equipment. When mixing is complete, we will master your music. You, the artist, have a choice when it comes to mastering. We will perform a very basic level of mastering (loudness, minor EQ changes), but do recommend using another mastering engineer for this process. This is done because a true mastering engineer will have specialized equipment for the process and have a different perspective on the song(s). We have a number of mastering engineers that we can reach out to and trust them with your music.
The completed song is then submitted to CD Baby for distribution. We use CD Baby because they are one of the top companies to distribute music and make sure that you get paid from the largest number of points available.
Can't I do this myself?
Yes. You can be your own record label and sign up for CD Baby to distribute your music. I still recommend hiring me as your producer so you can have another person critically listen and make your music sound its best.
Think about this. If you try to do it yourself, you spend all your time doing it by yourself. If you select us to be your record label, we now have a vested interest in gaining as much visibility to your music as possible. It's not just distributing your music, but all the other things you spend your time doing when you should be building your brand. Getting copyrights for your music, publishing rights, finding a mastering engineering you can trust, finding a studio to record in, are just a small sample of everything we do as your label. Sure we take a percentage (not in the confusing way of the other labels), but that also provides us incentive to push your music more.
If hired as your record label:
$99 per song
25% Royalty on sales, publishing and sync licensing
If only hired as your producer/mix engineer:
$200 per song
5% Royalty on all sales (record one)
All studio costs (exclusive studio rate!)
Advanced master fees ($50 - $120 per track)
CD Baby Digital Distribution ($35 - $90)
All other costs