As an artist I feel I have everything it takes to make it big in the industry. If I met with an actual producer or A&R person I feel I’d get signed on the spot… My question is how do I get an actual A&R or producer to hear my music?
-Bryan Alderson a.k.a. Lil_Quiz317
Hey Bryan- From what I have seen and experienced in the recent years, labels are looking for bands that are making things happen on their own. They want to see a band that has already written a ton of songs, released an album or EP and are out touring, already building a fanbase. So the best way to get noticed by A&R or even just your local record producer is really to just get out there and start making things happen on your own. Spend some time really working on writing more songs than you need. Get out and play them live. Make an album. It is easy to find someone with decent recording gear and a good enough ear to make a decent demo. Then do everything you can to get out on the road. Start in the few markets within a couple hours of your home and hit them once a month or every other month at least. While doing all of this, you need to be sure to focus a lot of energy on your online presence and promote your shows as much as possible. Build fans and stay in touch with those fans. Once you have good songs, a decent recording, are out playing shows (and playing them well), and have a growing fanbase, people will start to pay attention. At this point, you have to remember that attention from these people doesn’t mean all that much of anything. Even signing a record deal doesn’t guarantee success or even a release. So focus your energy on being the best artist you can be and figuring out how to be as successful as possible even if a label doesn’t come along. There is nothing worse than a great artist burning out just from waiting around.
–Jeremiah Edmond of Manchester Orchestra