The Pros of being an unsigned artist.
You will never be dropped.
You will always be able to make all your own decisions.
You will be able to keep all your hard earned money.
You will never have to compromise your musical style.
You will always have a clear vision as to where you career is truly going.
You will never have to fear that your phone will one day stop ringing.
You don’t have to feel paranoid when key executives from the label don’t turn up to a gig.
You can decide on your own image.
You pay the bills so you know how much you are really spending.
You own the music you
The Cons of being an unsigned artist.
You will always feel you should be signed to a major label.
Others will always think you should be signed to a major label.
You will always feel you want a major label to sign you.
You will think at your next gig you will be signed by a major label.
You will always wish you were signed to a major label.
You will think that signing to a major label will solve all your problems.
You will think when the phone rings it is a major label wanting to sign you.
You will always want a major label to sign you.
You will spend a great deal of time on matters that you think should be done by a label if only you were signed to one.
You will feel that signing to a major label is the answer to everything.
So ok this is very tongue in cheek but the guys at Quite Great Music PR who work on the music side of things spend their days helping acts to develop media coverage, structure release patterns and help unsigned acts look to the future. The major labels are vital at some stage in a band’s career but they must not become the focus of that band or artist’s vision of the future.