I plug myself largely online. My experience with reps has been neither good nor bad, occasionally disappointing but nothing earth shattering either way.
I sell my own music. Record companies are no longer part of the big picture. You don't need them- however distribution is important. So I invest in myself to distribute my music as far as I can- even to outlets that do not grant me a huge financial reward. I also have been talking to private investors about tour support. Regionally I've come as far as I can on my own.
Oh, I'm not much into selling myself. I don't deal with record companies, not really. I have a producer who works out of his apartment, I upload my stuff to tunecore.com and have it distributed to iTunes and Spotify. I'll screenshot a few things to my facebook, but that's all, really.
I don't feel comfortable with selling myself - I try to make myself visible and be my best and hope people pick up on it. With regard to record companies, like with anything in life, there are good people and bad people, and I have met about an equal amount of both.
I have pitched to some major labels quite a few times. It has always pretty much ended the same way. They love my voice, but I don't have the songs, or the fanbase. Unfortunately no one takes risks on an artist anymore, it's all about the numbers. But honestly, if you can form your own fanbase, then who needs a label at that point? It's a catch 22 really...
As I'm not a professional, this question may not be aimed at me, but I'll give it a shot.
Everything I've read about standard contracts, royalty payments, and other business practices of the music industry has made me glad that I'm not involved with it. There was a time that I wanted to become a rock star, even a very specific time when, but for a single choice, I might have actually launched a career; but the man I am now is of the opinion that the man I was then dodged a bullet.
I seek out other creatives to find ways in which my work and theirs will mutually benefit. I'm looking in multiple directions to find ways for the music to find its audience, even as I rearrange my life to give the music a larger role in it.
And, mainly, I play, and let the music suggest what I should do with it.
I had no option other than to promote myself. It is not easy, but if you do not
'sell' yourself out there, then no one knows you're even making music!
I have never sought a deal with a record company. I do my own thing
in my own way and so far it's working!!
I guess my best option would be to sell myself the way that I am - true, genuine, passionate about music and what I do. I don't think I could ever pretend to be someone I'm not - sooner or later truth would come out anyway.
well i feel i am marketable enough.. record companies are obviously looking for whats selling or what has the highest potential to sell. can't blame them because they have to make theirs. but at the same time, they end up passing over some great talent.
I haven't been active in selling myself at all. I've had some experience with record industry people though, and in general they come off as disingenuous.
in ways it could be tricky,because u have to be marketable or highly indie to be considered for a deal..in which i think i have most of the work done...but i wont stop even if im not noticed!i love what i do
I don't try to sell myself very often. I mostly share on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Blip.fm, etc. I am mostly interested in doing music for movies or businesses as far as anything commercial is concerned.
I've become my own record co.I find that there is no longer a need for record companies as long as you have distribution ,publicity and marketing you can do it yourself.