ATTENTION: IT IS MANDATORY THAT ALL ARTISTS SIGNED TO FMTR MUST ATTEND THE WINTER TOUR.
Tips and Tricks on how to get a Record Deal!
Most of this information is going to help you across the board, no matter what record label you are trying to land a deal with. Before going into more details. We get atleast 50-60 submissions per day of artists trying to get signed. We generally do not sign people who spam our email with a bunch of their music, and if you attempt to get signed with any bigger labels, such as SONY records or Atlantic records, they will not appreciate a bunch of emails from you requesting to get signed either. We generally prefer to reach out to people we feel have done their homework and can benefit from the company, just as much as we can benefit from the artists. With all of this in mind, here are very important tips and tricks to keep in mind.
1. Know exactly what genre your music is classified as. Do not respond by saying "I sing all kinds of music," as someone potentially wanting to sign you may feel you are unsure about your music, as a whole.
2. Listen to the kind of music that is played on the radio TODAY, although you may not like the way today's music might sound, try your best to create similar music, with a slight twist. This all goes back to the "fake it till you make it" theory. It really does work. Being unique is key!
3. Know your audience, choose the demographic that you wish to target. You will see an increase in popularity.
4. If you do not already have a youtube account, you are in trouble. In this time period, it is almost mandatory that any musician actually trying to make it in the industry, have a youtube account, along with other social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat).
5. Musicians who are truly trying to get signed should have music related sites, such as reverb nation and soundcloud. You may not gain so much attention from them, but the fact that you have those accounts sets you apart from those who just send an mp3 attachment. (By the way, if we receive emails with sentences saying "I want to get signed" and only an mp3 track, with nothing else in the email, we will disregard those type of emails).
6. Have a music kit ready to go. Never respond by saying "I do not have one, and I am going to make one." Your response should be that you already have a music kit. If any label asks for a music kit or resume, you should be prepared to give that to them immediately. They will not take you seriously if you are just at that very moment, creating a music kit or resume.
7. Never think anything you have done is minute or small. If you played the flute in 6th grade, incorporate that into your bio/resume/music kit.
8. Apply to be part of our red carpet events or concerts. This type of opportunity may not be available in most record labels, but some do offer event types like this. Basically, the more concerts you perform at, as an opening act, the better chance you have of getting noticed and signed.
9. Get an agent, if you have too. We do provide a list of up to 90 amazing and different agents to choose from. At some point in your career you may think to yourself that you have done everything you can do and gotten nowhere. It just may be time for someone of higher authority to take over. Having an agent, not only takes pressure off your back, but it also looks better to record labels, and allows them to take a second look at you. We can assist with that.
10. As corny as this may sound, it is a huge factor. Be confident. If a label senses that you are scared or shy, or have doubts about making it, they will not look at you twice. How can a label put their trust in you if you can not put your trust in yourself? All record labels are looking for people who will bring in revenue, not jeopardize the company, by quitting because internet trolls made mean comments. If you can not handle the industry, and lack the confidence, then none of the 9 tips above even matter.
Specifics to Foreign Music Records :
We have a list of benefits associated with being signed to Foreign Music Records, including, but not limited to:
o Models/Dancers for your music videos
o Recording Studios
o Music DJ's
o Actors for your music videos
o Your music used for movie soundtracks
o Hotel/Flight Coverage (Variable)
o Red Carpet Invites
IF YOU HAVE READ EVERYTHING ABOVE, THEN YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC BELOW. FILLING OUT THIS FORM BELOW DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE SIGNED. THIS ALLOWS OUR SCOUTERS AND CEO TO REVIEW YOUR RESUME/MUSIC. IF THE SCOUTERS ARE AROUSED BY YOUR WORK, YOU MAY BE CONTACTED FOR AN INTERVIEW. GOOD LUCK!