Not posted for a while but I’d like an opinion if possible
Recently posted a couple of new tracks to Soundcloud. Got a message from Mojoheadz records that they liked one of the tracks and asked me to send it in to them for consideration.
I sent it in and they said they’d get back to me. Well, they got back to me today saying they would release and promote the track but that the track needed pro mastering. I could get this done myself or pay for their engineer to do this and it would cost $69.
Once I pay they’ll send me the contract etc. They said they would pay for all promotion and would release the track.
Having researched the label they seem legit but still, it doesn’t sit right paying for the mastering service.
I’ve never had any music released by a label and I’m tempted, even just to say that I had a track released but something isn’t right is it???
i have worked with some great label from the Techno scene, and they always took care of mastering costs…
If i were you I would just try to send some demos to other serious label.
This seems just one of those self-release service
I assume it’s normal nowadays that you have to send them a master. They rarely would pay the master, they want a finished product.
Still… I‘m super mistrusting when I got messaged by „labels“ on soundcloud. Made some experiences where it wasn’t worth any hassle at all.
The ones which are worth it rarely would reach out to you I assume…
Thing is I don’t really back the track myself. It’s ok but not anything very special.
A solid foundation from which to start from going forward if nothing else.
I just put it on Soundcloud, didn’t approach anyone myself.
Might just do it to get a track out there but I do agree with you.
The biggest question always is. What can the label offer to you, that you can’t handle yourself. What do you gain from them?
Release and promotion are just buzz words. What kind of release. Where? How big is the potential audience
There are thousands and thousands of labels without any reach. Label per se doesn’t mean anything. The word just sounds meaningful from the old days
So a small amount needs to be paid. What a joke. Think about it. If they did this for every new artist they’d risk LOSING that artist for a small amount of money. Is it worth the risk. Imagine if they had stumbled upon Radiohead and asked them for 69 bucks! They risk losing them for that tiny amount. Get the picture. Its how thry make a living that 69 dollars. A hundred new acts a week makes a tidy sum. Totally cynical i know but ive seen it so many times over the decades.
Have they stated how many % they want… I would assume 50%?
I think one thing to be on the look out for is who will own “the master”.
if it’s stated in the contract that they will own it then they will basically own the track and give you a cut for it… but if any remix or anything would be done on it then you wouldn’t get a dime… and they can pretty much do as they please with the song…