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Postby steveydubz » Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:29 pm

personally i would say if u was starting up on your own, you should get some free music/mixes out to get your name about, then once there is a demand for your music people will be willing to pay for it! i wouldnt go and buy a tune if ive never heard it or the artist but if ive been getting free tunes off someone and they then started charging for their music i probly would buy it!

Thats my opinion tho i dont really have much expiriance within the industry!

Good luck tho man!
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:52 pm

Adsinthe has been doing his own distro through an ebay shop he set up ---> http://www.myspace.com/adsinthe

His marketing strategy was pure myspace spamming (which works surprisingly!)

£500 to press 500 cds that come in plastic sleeves x £5 per sale = :N:

But I believe his main source of income is his day job....
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Postby FSTZ1 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:00 pm

DIY label essentials (IMHO)

1. Good tunes. This is really key

2. Distribution. Even DIY distro, sell on ebay, amazon, streetcorner style, just have a plan. No one wants a basement full of records.

3. Timing. Remember, hot tunes only stay hot for about 6 months. have a plan to get rid of the first press before the music goes stale.

4. Build your network. Build a repoire with artists who's tunes you want to release, and dj's you want to play your tunes.

5. DON'T BE A PRICK!
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Postby Sharmaji » Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:19 pm

FSTZ wrote:DIY label essentials (IMHO)
3. Timing. Remember, hot tunes only stay hot for about 6 months. have a plan to get rid of the first press before the music goes stale.


if even 6 months. If yr paying to have someone else master and press your vinyl (which you most likely are, since it ain't exactly an apartment-friendly activity), you're not going to be in control of the timing. Your project WILL be delayed off the schedule you expect-- so don't start promo'ing something until your product exists!

and yeah-- don't be a prick about it!
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Postby deadly_habit » Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:22 pm

its a bitch if you do it diy
don't expect to make much
and always pay your artists first before anything
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Postby faun2500 » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:10 am

You need contacts.

Its not WHAT you know, its WHO you know. Thats how the music business works, trust me.



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Postby Sharmaji » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:00 am

distro is the biggest part of the equation. secure solid distribution, you have a label. dont', and you have a basement full of records.

you need contacts to get music, sure-- but there is a huge world of talent out there.
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Postby FSTZ » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:52 am

I want $1000 copies of my own shit tunes!!!
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