DIY Musician, Featured, Music

Label-Less instead of Hollywood

September 29, 2015

In a world full of record labels, it’s easy to get caught up in the dream.
That dream of getting your big break moment, when a big-wig from Hollywood calls you up and wants to sign you on their label.
PERFECT! It’s everything I’ve always wanted, and the rest of my life will be sorted out and everything will be rainbows and cupcakes!



I can’t tell you how far from the truth that statement is.


There’s been many times that people ask me “Why haven’t you signed a record label yet?”
Well, it’s pretty simple. I am a control freak!  When it comes to my music anyway… Put me in a restaurant and make me choose a plate, NOOOO way. But music? Hellll yes. I need to have full control. I’ve heard so many horror stories of artists signing up with a label in their young years, to then later in life be forced into a different genre, just to please the masses. I could never imagine having the give up the sound that is in my heart, just to please somebody else.

I want to tell you a little bit about my set up; My living situation, my work load, my social life, etc… Right now I live with my sister Katie. She just bought her first home and we are roomies! It’s a win-win for both of us because I’m a bit house-wifey and enjoy cooking, cleaning and of course, hanging out with peachie our doggie. I graduated in a film program 2 years ago and haven’t found any work on the production part of things. To get by, I work part-time as a waitress, I have a part time job editing videos here and there and of course, full time musician life. That’s a whole big beast by itself!!!

Music consumes my entire day, no matter what. I feel like I never have a day off, which at times is exhausting, but for the most part, it’s a beautiful thing. When I’m doing music stuff, I get to work from home, for myself. Nobody tells me what to do. I don’t have a manager, I don’t have a label, no promoter. Just me and only me. The ‘big-wigs’ that I get to report to at the end of my day are my fans!! This is magic for me.

It's a brilliant idea, and you're brilliant for thinking of it.@lynneknowlton
Essentially in our day in age with crowdfunding platforms and patron fueled set ups, the VIEWER has become the LABEL.  Perhaps just a mere piece in the puzzle, all patrons combined to fund something art related are becoming the big picture: Funding without the label. This gives us artists and DIY musicians so much flexibility! It could very well possibly be the best thing since canned corn! And who doesn’t love canned corn?

This modern way of support is also amazing because us artists are forced to learn a LOT of things as we go. It’s the beauty of the beast, and I personally love this part. It can also be a love-hate kinda deal because at times, the work load is very heavy. There are lots of things that I can be unsure of on a daily basis, but just keep hoping ill be able to swim and stay above the water! My fans direct me in doing just that.

Life as an indie, label-less musician is wonderful. I am constantly able to interact with my fans, be social, be involved. But things get tough when I have to deal with the complicated business side. Like, dealing with contracts for producing my next record, figuring out the right way to release a single, managing my work income to make it always launch my music farther, and trying to figure out how to fund my next project; There are a million pieces of food on my plate and I’m trying to eat them up one at a time!

On the other hand, if I had a label, a lot of these things would be taken care of, and I would have the time to focus JUST on music… But, is this really a good thing? Is this really what I want? If I have nothing to do but to focus on music on a daily basis, I’m unsure if I would be inspired enough to write songs. It might be super amazing, but it might also hold me back in other ways. As much work as it is managing my music alone, I get to control the rights to my music and my style. I get to be me, and nobody can tell me what to do. I can allocate funds where I need them most to keep me growing as an artist, and I get to know every little detail going into my business. All of these things stress me out, but in the long run, from learning I become inspired. And when I’m inspired it’s music time, baby!

So friends, I want you all to know that for now, it’s still me and only me. I’m the one writing this blog. I’m the one writing my facebook posts. I’m the one making my youtube videos. It’s no publisher, manager or record deal. I’ll always be here to chat and post pictures of my breakfast in the mornings.

Ain’t nobody gotta worry about that!

So thank you for reading, and let’s keep on keepin’ on!
Be kind and stay lovely 🙂



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1 Comment

  • Reply Dave Wallace October 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    You are doing things exactly the right way. Even if you were with a label, you would still need the knowledge you are now gaining, simply because you would need that very same knowledge to protect yourself. Every morning, I try to say a simple prayer of thanks, which includes being thankful that I am a free man. So many people are in prison – and not just the kind with bars. A piece of paper and the stroke of a pen can put you in a type of prison, sometimes worse than the kind with metal bars. You are being very wise.

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