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Your Questions About How To Discover New Artists

David asks…

what are the best online resources for contemporary visual arts?

online magazines and such. artists profiles, galleries, theory etc..

looking for any online resources to discover new contemporary artists, critique and theory.

thanks.

New Niche Finder answers:

Look at these sites: Artslant, Art News blog, Modern Art Notes, http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/, http://edwardwinkleman.blogspot.com/

That’ll get you started!

Richard asks…

How can I get signed with a major record label as a pop artist?

I would really like to know how I could get an artist development contract with a record label?
It seems like the perfect one for me at the time. I want to develop as an artist with a record label, and gain public notability.

New Niche Finder answers:

I live in Austin, TX. Every spring we have an event called South By Southwest, where upwards of 1200 bands play over 3 or 4 days in hopes of being discovered. It never works like that (I only know of 2 bands signed to major labels in 10 years).

First off, getting signed to a “major label” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be anymore. A lot of bands have figured out that they can sell their own music online and make a lot more money than through a label. So, don’t get too hung up on that.

If you are hell bent to get signed, most labels are looking for artists that already have developed a regional following (that means more than your 10 friends coming to see you). They’re looking for acts that have already recorded and sold some amount of music. In other words, they’re not interested in taking someone off the streets and starting from scratch.

So, you already got to be playing and have recorded and released product.

There are volumes of books written on getting started doing this, and any meaningful answers are beyond the scope of this forum.

So, start writing songs…perform whenever and wherever you can. Promote yourself every chance you get. And once you’ve built a following, then record a great demo and hire an entertainment lawyer to shop it for you.

No easy answers…

Good luck.

Greetings from Austin, TX
Ken

Lisa asks…

Are you more inclined to like popular songs or music you discovered on your own?

Do you tend to listen to Top 40 type music that you would hear on the radio or do you prefer to find music on your own that most people probably don’t listen to?

Personally, I might listen to the songs that are popular at the moment if they are catchy, but my favorite songs are generally lesser known. I find that music has more meaning if you discover it on your own, rather than just listening to the same stuff as everyone else.

Also, what are your favorite bands?
Mine is Muse.

New Niche Finder answers:

WOW Great Question. I was born in ’82, and all my favorite songs and bands were from 1990 or earlier with a few exceptions. I tried like hell to like Rock and Hip Hop from the 90’s, and hated most of it. There was too much anger, screaming, and angst in the music from that decade. That which wasn’t angry was very popy. I started getting into Gun’s and Roses, which led me to Iron Maiden, To Led Zeppelin, to Rolling Stones, To Chuck Berry & Robert Johnson, to Howling Wolf, to Stevie Ray Vaughn, to Jethro Tull, to The Dubliners, to The Pogues. I like all kinds of music now, and I’d say 70% of it was written and produced before I was even born.

I really like listening to Pandora, the selection of songs in that service is very wide, and you can find lots of great, lesser known styles & artists, and the website can tell you lots of information about the band, so you’re not scrambling to find out who it was.

I mentioned Exceptions. My all time favorite band is the “The Presidents of the United States of America.” Their most popular song was “Peaches” released in 1996. They’ve produced about 4 albums since, most of which got no radio airplay at all, but I still follow them. I also liked Dance/Techno music from the 90’s. Popular stuff like Gina G and ATC. Some other, more modern bands, that get airplay still that I like include Jet, and Avenged Sevenfold. It all boils down to my belief that Nirvana destroyed Rock and Roll, and it’s taken about 15-20 years for it to recover, but that’s an entirely different story.

Finally, I’d like to note that a lot of the popular dance music takes samples from old classic rock songs. I can’t cite sources, because I do not know the artists of the new songs, but I can say that I’ve at least heard the main riff from Eric Clapton’s “Layla” in some song they play on BPM.

Joseph asks…

What do you think is the best way to get discovered musically?

The music industry is tough, I know that. I am 14 and I play guitar, piano, sing, and write my own songs. I want to know what you think the best way to get discovered is. Demos, open mics, etc. Also, am I too young to start, should I wait until I’m older? What do you think makes a person stand out? Thank you for all the answers.

New Niche Finder answers:

Ugh. Anyone who tells you to just send your demo to a record label is either grossly naive about how the music world works or lying to you. You don’t just send unsolicited resumes to possible employers do you? No. So why send unsolicited demos to labels who will probably end up stealing your music and claiming it as their own anyway? Especially if you have no management or anything, sending in a demo will make you less credible. Believe me or not, but I’ve spent the past 11 years working with Independent bands and artists.

There is a process to becoming a musician, believe it or not, and it’s not about getting on American Idol or any of those other moronic, misguided, fictitious shows.

Here’s a step by step guide to becoming a musician – from what sites to set up accounts on to booking shows to selling your music. It takes a lot of hard work and determination.
Http://www.marsbands.com/2012/10/becoming-a-musician/

John asks…

What are some good websites to be discovered in the music business?

I am 14 years old and have been writing raps for about a year now and I think I have everything together but I am looking to be discovered. Can you help me? Thanks you!

New Niche Finder answers:

It’s tough these days to get discovered, mostly because labels are not doing much artist development due to how expensive it is.

However, you’re only 14 years old and if your rhymes are good then you’ve got a better chance than older artists at a label picking you up.

First of all, pimping out your youtube account, facebook fan page, and twitter seem to be the current social media trends, so I’d make keeping up with those a priority. Labels and industry insiders want to see that you’ve done most of the footwork already before they’ll sign you — meaning they want you to have a large dedicated fan base, multiple songs that could easily be re-recorded and released, and a professional webpage.

My Artist Management class had a guest speaker come from The Artery Foundation (an Artist Management Firm) who currently manages Breathe Carolina, and he says no one at their firm will look at a young artist unless they have invested in themselves with social media and a decent webpage.

You could try posting a link to your music on the Artery Foundation’s facebook page, even though they usually do punk rock it could still get your music in front of some industry insiders and increase your viewership. Https://www.facebook.com/TheArteryFoundation

There’s also the Indie’s guide: http://www.indieguide.com — Lots of info on everything you could ever need to know on the independent scene.

Taxi helps independent artists get record/publishing/T.V./ and Film gigs. Http://www.taxi.com/

Have you heard of Indaba music? There are a lot of competitions that attract good DJ’s, you can find new projects to work on, get some music produced, and get discovered. The social networking tool is awesome, and there are some FANTASTIC articles on everything relevant in the music industry that are available for free. Http://www.indabamusic.com/

Soundcloud is also awesome, you can add it to your facebook page and for some reason it seems to be more popular than its competitor reverbnation. Http://www.soundcloud.com

I looked around a little, and Rap Industry seems like it could be promising. Http://rapindustry.com/

The more online contests you can enter the BETTER, even if it’s not rap, any eyes are better than no eyes at all. The key to this industry is hard work, and lots of it.

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