I remember one of my people said "why don't you put Sony on the cd and make people think that you are signed to Sony Records." I remember laughing extremely hard at this person because of the fact that even if the cd did well I would still be sued. Also why would I do all of the foot work to put a project out and make it a success just to give that success to someone else unintentionally.
But I see that a lot of artist in SC are making it to the big game and I am happy to see all of these great things coming to my state. The only thing I ever say when I see someone doing something great is that I hope that they are doing business the right way, because if your lying you basically ruined your career. You can't go from being on a label to not being on a label in a matter of months.
I also want to take this time and explain a few things. To me this is basic knowledge but to others it might not be. All of these record labels have websites, they all have areas on their website where you can see the new releases that are slated and coming out next. So if someone wants you to pay them or give them something in exchange for you getting on their project I would look into these things. Labels also do press releases to let the public and the media know that they have a new artist. If you don't see any of this and this artist isn't on television I wouldn't pay them anything to work with them and I would be questionable.
When an artist signs a deal it's an event. Radio stations all of a sudden start showing love and putting the songs in rotation, the artist does substantially well monetarily at least until the advance is spent. And the artist is visual anywhere the artist can be visible. I'm not saying this to bring drama or tension I just believe that we have had enough scams in our state for a lifetime. So I tell my artist that before they lie to you they have to get away with lying to me and that normally never happens!
To all of the artist signed and with deals just know that a lie doesn't care who tells it so when you show them you have a deal they will believe you and hate you more, but if you never come out can you blame them for not believing you?
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