How do you achieve success as an indie artist? Enjoy baking and sell your bread.
by BRYAN WEBER
“Major labels didn’t start showing up, really, until they smelled money, and that’s all they’re ever going to be attracted to is money – that’s the business they’re in – making money. My idea was: Enjoy baking, sell your bread, people like it, sell more. Keep the bakery going because you’re making good food and people are happy.” – Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat, etc.)
Like most of you reading this blog, I too have an indie band. Our story in many ways is similar to that of all hardworking indie artists. We’ve made a bunch of records over the years, toured a ton through the U.S. and Europe, and achieved some great accomplishments along the way. Have we received record label offers? Yes, a couple. Did we take them? No. I wouldn’t wish those contracts on my worst enemy.
The funny thing was, and this literally happened last year, when I told one of the label reps we weren’t interested, he actually attempted to justify the proposed acquisition of our music rights with, “But you’ll be on a record label.” What? In an industry that is evolving and tilting more towards the strength of the indie artists everyday, it blows my mind to think that record companies are still holding on to that outdated and entitled attitude. They actually EXPECTED us to give away everything (for basically nothing in return) just to “be on a record label.”