How Well Are the Artists on Grindscene Records Treated?
I can only talk about my own experience from being signed to an independent record label but all I can say is that is has been pretty good for me. I have complete created control over my music, artwork, and videos. I also have control over releasing albums or EPs. The past two records I have done on Grindscene have both been EPs. This is due to the fact I find working on EPs more interesting, and a good EP will do a lot more for me and the label than a weak album ever will. Grindscene understand this and have never asked me to do a release before I feel I am ready.
Being on an indie label can been stressful at times because the budgets are a lot smaller than major label’s. Because my deal works more like a distribution deal a lot of the money for the record has to come from me rather than the label. This does work out in my favour because I get more copies of the record than the label does so as a result of this I make more money from the records. The label do sort out the distribution through code 7 they also have paid for PR in the past and they pay for the CDs for their online store. So it’s not like I am paying for everything.
On my next record that will be released on February 26th I decided to add more of my own money to the over budget. This was so that I could record in the parlour recording studio in Kettering with Neil Haynes for a week. I did this so that I could have a more professional sounding record to the previous records I have done. I also added extra money to the budget to work with Costin Chioreanu to make a completely animated video for the title track of the record. I also added money so that I could have a more professional 3 month promotional campaign with Future PR
But I am not worried about the amount of money that I have put in to this record because I wanted to spend the money on it and I know because I have more CDs than the label so if I sell all of them for £5 each I will make £2000 back. I also make limited edition t shirts to go along with the CD and over the year there will be about 4 limited edition t shirts made for the release each will be sold with a copy of the EP for £15 each and only 20 will be made of each design this will make £1200 once all have sold out.
So in the end it’s a lot more work being on an independent label but at the same time you are able to keep your independence, and not have your music messed with by a record label in order to sell more copies.