#1
I always read about big bands now and see their first ep or album or something was released on a local independent label? What do local independent labels do for you? And how do you find some? And do you recommend using them?
#2
They distribute or promote material for you, or help cover expenses of recording. Generally the former.

I recommend it if the offer presents itself, just don't sign anything stupid.
#3
make one yourself

But what can they do for you?
Let you keep almost all, if not all the creative rights to your music.
how do you find some?
Ask some local music shops, ask some of the local club managers(only if they have a stage) and ask some musos on the street. They will be the people that know

And of course I recommend using them, you're not going to get signed to a big label. If you want to print a few cds and have a good time, a local independent label is the best thing for you
It's over simplified, So what!

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#4
I buy a lot of stuff from independent labels. It's great, because the prices are almost always better than buying from a bigger label.
#5
Most independent labels are mainly distribution & promotion companies. A lot of the bigger bands release material on an independent label, then the label makes a deal with a larger label (which prevents the larger label from bullshit things like partial ownership of a song) to distribute the record to a greater degree. Any profit that the two labels get is significantly smaller than the profit a large label would get if the band just worked with the large label, which works out well for the band itself.

Alternatively, a few big bands have decided to crowd-source recently (Protest the Hero being one and Radiohead being another, iirc). The only thing about this process is, you have to have the fanbase to support you. Without a large enough fanbase to support the cost of recording, distribution, promotion, etc., then it might as well not be worth it.

A lot of smaller bands use independent labels, because it's a smarter business move than signing with some big record company and owing that company thousands.
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Most independent labels are mainly distribution & promotion companies. A lot of the bigger bands release material on an independent label, then the label makes a deal with a larger label (which prevents the larger label from bullshit things like partial ownership of a song) to distribute the record to a greater degree. Any profit that the two labels get is significantly smaller than the profit a large label would get if the band just worked with the large label, which works out well for the band itself.

Alternatively, a few big bands have decided to crowd-source recently (Protest the Hero being one and Radiohead being another, iirc). The only thing about this process is, you have to have the fanbase to support you. Without a large enough fanbase to support the cost of recording, distribution, promotion, etc., then it might as well not be worth it.

A lot of smaller bands use independent labels, because it's a smarter business move than signing with some big record company and owing that company thousands.



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#7
I think a lot of artists use independent labels as a stepping stone to major label deals.
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