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Indie VS Major A good thing to remember there are of course pros and cons to both major and indie labels and questions you should consider before signing any kind of deal Before signing any kind of contract consult an attorney KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING This is especially true when signing a deal with a major label You must have at least a general knowledge of the workings of a contract ie options publishing merchandising coupling etc to even THINK about signing a deal Major label contracts can be up to hundreds of pages in length- complete with payment responsibilities for every portion of a bands albums and videos But thats a whole other article in itself Without proper guidance you could easily end up with a label owning you and your songs A label that leaves your band in limbo forever or until you eventually become disenchanted with rock-n-roll and become an accountant or janitor Of course this is worst case scenario but a lot of unpleasant things can happen and HAVE happened if you sign a record deal without representation Lack of proper representation makes it that much easier for you to get screwed Of course major labels are not all out to exploit innocent garage bands and gobble up everything in their path In fact most major labels are very supportive of their acts especially in monetary terms On the down side majors usually expect results much quicker and much more visibly than an indie Indies tend to be more laid back and much more into artist development and more long term promotion The difference is simple Major labels especially now are more singles-based than ever before Larger labels tend to look for the quick return on their investment- a hook heavy hit radio song they can feed to the masses Indies on the other hand are artist based Meaning that while the major wants the quick gain
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