M. Porter, Senior Executive, Master of Art, San Jose
Answered Mar 11, 2019
The music industry is a versatile and an unpredictable world. Depending on the choice and tastes of the audience you record could sell or flump either way. Moreover, it also depends on what you envision for yourself. For example, if you chose to start with a record label, there is a stability in the deal that will help you focus on your music career as a whole.
Plus, record labels often take a specific characteristic of your music and sell it as your strength. On the other hand, going independent means you get to follow what you want to do. However, the lack of promotion means you may not come out into the open for a long time!
It depends on how you envision your music career playing out. If you go witha record label, there is more of a sense of stability and they can help you promote your music. However, record label often want you to portray a certain characteristic and may even ask you to make changes in your music or your appearance.
If you are independent, you will have the freedom to make the kind of music that you want, but you will not have the stability or a record label to help you promote your music.