Dealing with labels can be a pain due to possible fear of rejection, but it’s often necessary for us to achieve our music goals, especially when thinking about reaching new audiences.
4 THOUGHTS FROM ME
1. Never email more than one label at a time. What if you sent an email to label A and label B, and they both want your track, what would you do? Make a priority label list and email it one by one. It’s also good to have a ‘label limit’ as well. For example, if label C doesn’t accept my track, it could mean you need to get better instead of trying smaller labels.
2. Prefer to send emails directly rather than using services to reach out to labels. Emails are more personal, you can track them and get a better feeling if the label has listened to your track. To find them, looking on the label’s Facebook page, website or Soundcloud can lead you to the right email. Or, just email them and they might give it to you.
3. If the label answers your email, but rejects your song, ask for feedback. Don’t ask why your songs were rejected. Instead, ask how your song could be better for next time. People don’t like answering why they don’t like something as it could be unpleasant to write, but they are often open to giving feedback to help you improve.
4. When emailing a label, always be sure to follow up if they haven’t answered you back. Wait at least one week for your follow-up email and don’t follow up more than once, especially if they have listened to your song and didn’t answer. A ‘no answer’ is a ‘not interested’ answer and pushing for a response can lead you to go to the spam box.
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
Have you ever gotten stuck waiting for an answer from a label and not knowing if you should send it to another label?
Tools that track email opens like Hubspot, Polymail or Mailtrack can often come in handy to know if they are at least opening your email or clicking on your link. This often can show they are busy or just have moved on, and so should you.