ESTABLISHED musicians from Britain have been commenting on the unsigned music scene.
In the UK, acts from all genres have to make their way as unsigned artists, before finding a fan base and eventually signing to a record label that can provide them with the resources to help them succeed in the industry.
The road to the record label is known as being incredibly difficult, as competition from other performers and issues with funding can get in the way of success, leading to band break ups, as members go in search for steady work.
Former Kaiser Chiefs drummer, Nick Hodgson released his debut album ‘Tell Your Friends’ independently on his own label.
He said: “Doing things independently is total freedom for me. I love being able to make instant decisions about things without having to go through a dozen people.
“It’s a lot of hard work though. For unsigned bands it’s always been hard but now is a particularly tricky time to get signed.
“If they’ve got great songs and refuse to give up they’ll make it. I believe that.”
Folk musician, John Smith has been successfully recording albums on his own for years, as he opts to remain unsigned.
He Said: “I think the music industry has changed a lot. I’ve been a professional musician for twelve years and it’s changed a lot in that time. There’s so many more people who have access to an audience.
“Now, any numpty with a guitar can make a record and put it out there. Some of it is frighteningly good, but some of it is terrible, so the competition is so much bigger and so much more diverse.
“People send me stuff and it sounds amazing and these people would never have had a platform a few years ago, but making it in any arts industry is never going to be easy.”