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The music industry diy v.s independent label v.s major
The Music Industry:
DIY v.s Independent
Label v.s Major Label
The Music Industry
The Music industry is large, beautiful and complicated industry that has been
Changing for the decades. What hasn’t changed is that artist need a Artist will
always need help with marketing, distribution and growth in popularity. Artist of
the past would sign to a major label and all of those things would be done, but
now there are more than one way to present yourself.
History of how music was done
In the Past to make it big as a artist you would
have to get noticed by a major label they would
market you by getting you on the radio,put your
music videos on tv and more. In recent times
major labels would do the same but would take
majority of the profits of artist and would even
take their creative control.
My theory is that major labels thanks to the internet is sort of obsolete and
that people are better off with doing it on their own or signing to a
independent label (at least till they have built their name in the industry).
I believe that it is better to be an independent label/ DiY artist than with a
major label or one of its sublabels.
In this presentation I will reveal pros and cons of all types of labels/ artist.
How the internet has changed that
Music is now streamed so there are less people actually buying music.
Streaming stopped some from file sharing (Stealing)
Thanks to the internet artist can Market themselves with the sites like
Instagram, Vine, Youtube, Facebook, Youtube, Myspace.
There are even social sites like soundcloud and bandcamp where artist can
listen to other artist, collaborate and promote themselves.
What is a diy artist?
A DIY artist is a artist that deals with things on there own or has a team
chosen by the artist to help them.
DIY artist depends on him/herself as well as the team that they have created.
This type of artist has all of their creative rights and earns all of the profit they
What Is an independent Label
A independent is a label that doesn’t depend on the help/funds from major
Independent labels can either be a stepping stone for artist to make it to a
What is a major label
“A giant publishing company that manages such
brands and trademarks; coordinates the production,
manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and
enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and
music videos; conducts talent scouting and
development of new artists”
Pros of Major labels
Large Budget on marketing, producing.
Several ways you are marketed.
You don’t have to do anything that does not deal with making music and doing
They create your merchandise.
Cons of doing a major label
Small Percent of profit returned.
Little to no creative room.
The label always knows best for an artist.
Uses the artist till ran dry.
Sometimes only signs artist to get a buzz and neglects them.
Artist that are on Major labels
Red Hot chili pepers
Independent label pros
Owners of independent labels
tend to mentor and help artist
Artist has control over most of
Artist receives more marketing
than they would than they
could for themselves.
Artist also receive more profit
Independant label cons
Less connections to the bigger labels Example: if you wanted to collaborate
with a big artist your label may wouldn’t be able to contact said artist or the
(some) Labels market you in “goofy” ways like by making fake news about you
to save money.
Less Radio play.
Artist on independent labels
Pro’s of Diy
You are your own boss.
You receive the amount of profit you want.
There aren't any yes men.
You build relationships with distributors of your music or merchandise.
You can make your own album.
Con’s of DIY
You have to do everything by yourself.
You don’t have the money to market yourself.
You have to learn who to meet and how to work with them.
You have to build your fan base.
You need people around you to help engineer your music.
No Radio Play.
Chance The Rapper
Why it’s hard without a label
You have to find people that you trust to help market.
You have to meet people that will help you distribute your music.
Their isn’t really anyone to guide you on what to do.
You have to find your own manager and be able to trust them.
You will be the product and the boss so you have to learn how to sell yourself
(musically) and have to lead your team in right directions.
Less room/more room for errors.
Why you may not need a label anymore?
The internet made it possible to become
famous within a night.
You can market yourself on social
Word of mouth through social media/ blogs
is better than being on tv nowadays.
You can distribute your music on your own
website, soundcloud, spotify or through
itunes or google music.