Just as a note... for my replies, I will be assuming you are asking about being signed to a major label.
At 11/15/11 11:19 PM, SpaceWhale wrote:
alright, i'm gonna start looking into finding a record label to sign me, but first i need some questions answered:
1) i never make people pay for my songs. will i have to start doing that if i get signed?
If you get signed to a major label, you will be very restricted in what you can release for free... Labels sign artists they think can make them money, not artists they think can be charitable.
2) will i have to stick to a specific genre if i get signed?
Likely, yes. You can't sign on to a trance label (For example) and start making dubstep, you'll get punted to the curb.
3) will being signed fuck me over in any way?
If you want to keep your creative freedom, yes. If you want to make money, yes (Labels will be soaking up all the money you make until you start making more than they spend on you). If you want more exposure... no.