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How To Get Signed To A Record Label In Nigeria

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How To Get Signed To A Record Label

Are you an upcoming artist or an artist and you have been searching for labels to sign you? Are you aspiring to be an artist and you have been looking for the simplest means to get signed to a record label in Nigeria?  In this article we will be briefing you on the best way to get signed into a record label and improve your brand.

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The music industry in Nigeria has developed and evolved so much that people can now earn a living with their music and even live a flamboyant and flashy lifestyle if they choose to. The fact still remains that record labels in Nigeria look out for upcoming and new artist to bring into their fold.

Your target as an artist is to get signed into a rich label and get better and improve your brand, so also is record label, their top target is signing a well talented artist too, as they look into artist they can invest on and make a profit in return. The goal of every record label is making money as you too as an artist make money, they are not just money spenders that want to just lavish money on you.

The reason why record label would want to spend so much on you is because they have seen the potential in you and they know they will make good profits in return, example of this move is the Mavin industry when they signed Ayra Starr, the Nigerian record label founded by record producer and recording artist Don Jazzy on May 8, 2012. Ayra Starr currently has one exciting EP with songs such as Away, Ija, and she went ahead to release a single in 2022 titled “Rush” which has fetched the Mavin record label much funds.

What Are The Steps To Get Signed Into A Record Label In Nigeria?

  1. Record A Good Song
  2. Do A Colorful And Creative Video On The Song
  3. Build A Core Fan Base
  4. Make Good Use Of Social Media
  5. Acquire Some Other Skills
  6. Look Out For Musical Contests And Shows
  7. Contact Them Directly
  8. Be Active
  9. Stay Patient And Work Hard
  10. Believe In Yourself

How To Get Signed To A Record Label In Nigeria

1. Record A Good Song

This is the first and it is very important. As an artist you are expected to have a good song available on musical platforms for record labels to see you. Now as an upcoming artist, you need to make a beautiful and sensible music, try to create a different song from the normal songs in this industry, nobody wants to listen to you as an upcoming artist if your music is not different from the one they listen to everyday. Try and be different and you will get a record label calling on you.

2. Do A Colorful And Creative Video On The Song

Now put into action a beautiful and exciting piece with your song, make sure this video is an attractive one that will buy into both your old audience and randomly new audience.

If your video doesn’t look attractive from the first 15-30 seconds, then they won’t be interested in seeing the full video and dropping a comment and going as far as sharing this video on their own social media page and stories. So creating a colorful and creative video on your song spreads your gospel and makes record labels look into signing you.

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3. Build A Core Fan Base

A label looks out for artists who have the whole package in them, they will invest in you and no label wants to sign a cheap version of another band, they want someone that is super hot and trending too. The size and passion of your fanbase ensure you will constantly be gaining new fans, as your old fans and audience share out your song to their new friends.

4. Make Good Use Of Social Media

Making good use of your social media handles such as Tiktok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, even Snapchat, as this helps you easily get a good record label looking out for you. Create an amazing content with your music as the background music and post on your social media page, especially tiktok and instagram, this can take that particular music far, which will make brands contact you.

5. Acquire Some Other Skills

Labels also look out for artists with a diverse skill set. We are in a capitalist system now and you need to lookout for things that can make you attractive and an added skill will help you out.

6. Look Out For Musical Contests And Shows

Music contest and shows is another way of showing your amazing talent to record labels. Go for music contest and shows like Big Brother, MTN project fame and Nigerian Idol as these shows can do you a lot of good for you. Let me remind you, the music industry is very competitive and labels are always looking out for confident artists catching the headlines and trending. In these shows, you do not need to win before you can sell your brand and for record labels to spot you, you can aim for a top 10 or even top 5 and as soon as you leave the show, release a beautiful song immediately.

7. Contact Them Directly

There are some scammers that come out claiming they are middle men to these record labels and offer to link you up to record labels, let me remind you that these people are just there to eat your money, do not patronize them as they are mostly scammers. You need to contact these record labels yourself and contact them yourself by tagging them in your videos and creative contents instead of looking for ghost middle men that will help you.

8. Be Active

As an upcoming artist that is looking for a record label to sign you, you will need to always be available. Just in case a record label finds you suitable to sign, they will want to contact you and when you are not available, they might decide to move past you and go for another artist.

9. Stay Patient And Work Hard

Staying patient and working hard is very important in the music industry. No record label will wake up one day and out of the blue moon sign you if you are not hardworking. The music industry is very competitive and every record label are looking out for hungry upcoming artist who are very hardworking and committed to their brand because they want to get profits after they have spent so much on you.

10. Believe In Yourself

Last on our article is believing in yourself. This is very important as there is no success when you do not believe in yourself. Many fallen artists in the country today is because they never believed in what they are capable of doing. As a growing artist, you need to have full confidence in yourself and believe that one day you will get signed into one record label.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Do I Register My Song In Nigeria?

You can register a copyright with the NCC by submitting a completed registration form, along with two copies of work, and evidence of payment of the prescribed fee.

2. How Do I Contact A Music Label?

Most labels have a website where you can find contact information and they also have social media handles too.

3. Who Is The Richest Musician In Nigeria?

Nigerian-American David Adeleke is the richest Nigerian Musician in 2022.

4. How Long Does Copyright Last In Nigeria?

70 years.

5. Who Is The Richest Actress In Nigeria?

Genevieve Nnaji is the richest actress in Nigeria.


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