The days of Cowing Down To a Record Company Are Limited
Does it matter what record label you are on these days? In most cases I would say it doesn’t matter any more what label you are on because it all comes down to the distribution and not the record label. At least this is what I was told. Now here comes the rub. An artist who had 8 number 1 records in his career was recently told he couldn’t purchase a booth at CMA Music Fest because he wasn’t on a major label. What does that have to do with anything is what I want to know. Wilbert Harrison had a world famous hit called “Kansas City,” on FURY Records. Do you think the millions of fans that bought that record gave a care if it was on a Major label or not? What does the company name on the label have to do with whether the public likes it or not? Consider this…. Do you care what company name is on your car battery or is it more important to you in the morning when you turn the ignition key that the battery will crank and start your engine? It is very nice to say you are on a Major record label but that alone does not sell records. There is a rock band in Detroit that makes a living touring and selling their music online that doesn’t even have a record label. Their music is available everywhere you can download or purchase music and there is no label listed because they are not on a label. If you are fed up with trying to get signed to a record deal why don’t you stop looking and just record what you want, how you want, when you want, and where you want. Then offer it for sale and keep what ever money it makes. The days of cowing down to a record company are limited. The record companies knows this and are scrambling to figure out what to do about it.
– The Music City Ghost [File #20] 2015