My friend, a chinese boy just graduated from college, very fancy in singing; he can compose variety songs, and write some romantic and moving words to match his songs.
He had wrote more than 100 songs originally so far and recorded them as CDs.
BUT now he is a little confused and didn't know how to be a singer. He is truly want to sing in the stage, to show his music for the audiences.
DO u have a good suggestion for him on how to be a singer, or at least, how to got the admisson by the record company?
This post was edited by Ratfink at 2013-7-26 09:00
Honestly his best bet apart from TV shows like X factor, The Voice etc is to take his material and pick the 3-4 strongest songs and have them professionally mastered and pressed. Then he needs to write and include a biography that is well written and informative and then send it to every record label in the city where he lives as well as the major operators in China. Packaging your material professionally is essential. Most demo's are only listened to for a few seconds by the A&R guys and if it doesn't have what they are looking for it's going to be forgotten.
He will also need to put together a band and get out there performing on the circuit, building up a following and honing his performance skills.
Sadly the truth is that talent and ability don't get you that far in the industry these days, you also need "star qualities such as the right look, and on stage presence. Ultimately it's about luck. If you are in the right place at the right time with marketable product you may get picked up and have material released. Record companies will usually sign almost anything with a pulse but the contract doesn't stipulate that you will record or release tracks, it's called an "option" and is standard in the industry. It effectively stops you being signed by another company so if in the future the band or singer turns out to be marketable then they may be used.
It has to be remembered that record companies are only interested in the bottom line which is sales of product. Singers and performers are mostly discardable product, once used up they are tossed aside. It's a harsh world in music.
There are tens of thousands of great musicians and singers out there and very few make it a career. Such is life.