My thoughts on this are pretty clear cut. Everyone wants to be a rock star. That is what I say. Glits and Glam, never fail to bring everyone out of the woodwork. I don't mean to say that none of them deserve a shot, but what you must remember is that business is a cruel thing. It involves no emotion. It is about the end product, and how someone will make money off of it. It is about how well of a promoter, and advertiser you are as a person, not as a musician. So why do you need a label? O.o
Listen, having a label these days is almost as easy as becoming an ordained baptist minister. You take a couple of courses, you pay a few bucks, and your print out your white collar from a color printer. Anyone can start a label, and anyone can ruin a label. In my humble opinion to make it "BIG" in the industry you have to spend money in the industry, and I mean A LOT of money. Because the market is so saturated, you have no guarantee what so ever that you will have a return on investment. There are so many great musicians out there that never got heard, because the business demanded more scratch than what they had. Unfortunately those that took their place in my opinion were most of the time much less talented. The music suffered because of money. Wonderful yes?
Making it big? Fuck that, my advice it to make it small. If you want to make money and have fun at this, than you are going to probably make a better return by being your own boss, and booking your own shows. Even if it isn't "glamorous". Man... I tell ya, there are so many people that fall into that whole "I know it is a hard industry, but I am special." thing. The thing is the people that say about themselves are right on both accounts, but the industry just doesn't give a blue fuck. Businessmen will smile in your face, invite you to thanksgiving dinner, let you play softball with their kids, and as soon as you aren't a money maker for them, you are left on the street with a cardboard box to eat your can of beans out of, and you will do it alone.
I really don't understand why good musicians need those people anyway. Why do they get a cut of your deal? I mean, they have no talent, they aren't busting their ass, and the ones that have talent as businessmen don't need you anymore. They have already made their dough. Go out there, and promote yourself, make friends along the way. Word to mouth advertising is the best form of advertising, and if you leave a good impression, put on a good show, and you are talented, you will find work, and people will flock to you. That is the way the music industry SHOULD be. Now we have people being put in panties half naked, drinking cans of Pepsi to make more.. ah fuck it.. I am not going to let myself get pissed about it man. You know what I am talking about though. It isn't about the music anymore, it is about how much money someone can make off of it.
Bottom line: Business cheapens art. Don't let it. You have to decide what is more important to you. Don't be swindled by this bullshit label stuff, and make your own way. Work for it, and you will deserve what you get. You will get out of it, what you put into it. Don't forget your friends, and treat people well, and be kind. Be yourself, and be genuine. Because no matter what it is you decide to do for a living, those fundamentals will never let you down. If you find a label that believes in the same fundamentals, then my friend, they will do everything FOR you. Don't be fooled by a dog a pony show. I would also move to a more centered metropolitan area if you are not in one already.
Thank you for reading, and I hope my response helps you in some way.