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What happens when you've signed your first track? - Seminar

Mr. Belt & Wezol, DJ/producer duo from the Netherlands

What happens when you've signed your first track? - Seminar

Mr. Belt & Wezol, DJ/producer duo from the Netherlands

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9 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Label copy

    • 3. Collecting company

    • 4. Splits

    • 5. Contracts

    • 6. Release date

    • 7. Budget

    • 8. Release day!

    • 9. Keep track of your track

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About This Class

Signing your first official release can be a bit scary. There's a lot of stuff happening like contracts, splits, a collecting company, a label copy, an attorney and your first budget. In this course we'll talk you through every step you need to take during your first release. 

In this course we'll talk about:

  • Label copy
  • Collecting Company 
  • Splits
  • Contract
  • Release date 
  • Budget 
  • Release day! 
  • Keep track of your track

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Mr. Belt & Wezol

DJ/producer duo from the Netherlands


Often described as the Netherlands' most striking DJ duo, Mr. Belt & Wezol stand out both production and appearance wise. Hits like "Finally", "Boogie Wonderland" and "Let’s All Chant" have an old school house and disco vibe, twisted with Mr. B&W’s characteristic dynamic drops. While their sound is easily recognizable among the other Spinnin’ Records' releases, there's also another piece to the cake that makes this act special: their videos. Always spot on between humor and originality it often makes the fans eager to not only listen to the next track, but also to see the next track.

With their packed festival schedule there is a big chance you will see the guys in real life. 2018 marked their debut at Tomorrowland and Wish Outdoor Mexico. Shows like those on Ki... See full profile

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1. Introduction: This time we are talking about your first release. Yes. And that's the whole process from signing the traffic still little bids after their release date of turning. Yet there's a love going up, I think. Yes, it could be a bit scary when you are doing your first release. Yeah. So this is another video about, you know, getting your trek signs to a label. That's already happened. You know, you've sent her trek to label and the label says, yes, we want this drink. What happens then? So in the first step, label copy. 2. Label copy: So the first thing the labels are going to ask you is for a label copy and enable copy. There's all sorts of information about the people that wrote the song, verse off the title track, the artists of the track. And the rider is the individual producers who wrote the track, but also their addresses, their email addresses, not just all the contact information and everything to get all that information for the contracts in order because you are going to get a contract. 3. Collecting company: So one of the things you need to fill in the little coffee is you're collecting company. And if you're already producing and producing music for a little while, you probably already have a collective company in the Netherlands. It's, you must stand without, it's basically what to collect. The company is, it's, it's it's searches around the world for places where your music has been played. And it then collects an amount of money so that you get that money for the work that you deliver. Those places can be radio stations, gets decibels, jumps, and even movie shows somewhere on, on the internet. All sorts of things. And in America guides ace AS CAP or something. In UK it's PCR or something, I'm not sure it will get milk, but the logo somewhere in the screen. So yeah, you have to get registered with a connected companies so that they can gets the money from the release into your pockets. 4. Splits: So what's also important is the splits. When you create an extract widths another producer. If it's a collaboration or something, you have to negotiate about how many percents of the royalties the one guy is going to get and the other guy is going to get. And this is often a pretty easy negotiation. You know, normally it's 50-50 if you both did the same amount of work. But you know, if one guy did all the work and the other guy a little bit less than maybe it should be 75-25. So that's something you have to talk about as well because the label is going to, once that information from you. 5. Contracts: So when you have the label called B, if you're a registered when it collecting company and if you're if you've negotiated at the splits, then the contracts can get into order. And the label is just going to send you that it's a big legal documents that you have to go through which our tyranny or some guy that knows thing about rights. We did a couple of times. And, you know, it's a big contract that's often for one track, it's like 78 pages long with all kinds of complicated information, I think so. Go to an attorney, go check it out favorably. You want tyranny that's specialized in music rights, royalties, that kind of stuff. Someone who has experience in the business. And I think beginning producers out there are two hyped up about their first release. And it just saying that right away we were as well nice. We just felt okay. Let's go once again to safer leaves. Or it is better to to ask sir any or someone who knows stuff about this? Yes. 6. Release date: So now it's an official release design. It tried to contract and they'll probably come up with a date to release his track. Sometimes that's Friday, sometimes that's a Monday. Always around six to eight weeks after you start the contracts. Right. And there are there are different benefits to each day, I think Fridays or good day because it's before the weekend and one day could be a better day for play lists. And keep in mind that you don't want to release two or three tracks in one month. So look at your agenda and make sure you have like a month between each track and look for the best date. Yeah. Like quality is more important than quantity. You want your fence. Maybe in the beginning you won't release a lot. But at certain moments, you just want to pick the best projects and get those released. So you can really give them the attention that they deserve. At least in our being. 7. Budget: Next up, some genes about money. Money, money, money. There's money involved. For a release. You could make. A music video, may be dares, advertisements. There's radio promotion. There's lots of stuff to spend your money on. Just solve with the label or what they think is best and give your opinion on what you think it's best for that track. So really make sure to think about the ways of promoting a track. Let's say if you have a very darkish deck house Shrek, and there's another way to promote it then. P ADME focal track. Yeah, so there are, there are, there are different ways and think about which way is best for your trail to get up to label by Vijay dramas, there's several companies that do DJ promise. And the one promotion company has a lot of DJs and a certain genre. And the outer promotion as a whole, lots of other DJs and a whole lot of genre. So you want to build that promotion pool that has the most connection with your track and also think about budgets. So the label is going to assign you your track and budgets. There's going to be a promotional budgets with advertising and that kind of stuff in it. And there's going to be a music video budgets. And often with labels. Instead they, they come up with the money upfront, but they will take the royalties for that amount of money when you earn a. So let's say the budgets for your promotion is €500. The first €500 of royalties that you make will get collected by the label company to receive back those costs. That's how it goes. Mostly in my experience at least. But that's all a contract as well, right? So yes, you should know about that. We give yes. It's far. Also it's not always the case. Depth. You make a music video and there's advertising budget. Our first released, there was none data's promotion for Indigenous by themselves. And there was no music video or no advertisements. So it's not always the case that you get a lot of money to make awesome stuff. And in that case, you may be asked to get creative herself, make a music video yourself or something like that. 8. Release day!: Next up, the big days, their release day, you have an awesome view, music video, awesome content, good promotion stuff. And now assigned to promote your trick. It's probably released on Spotify before on iTunes. And that's all stuff that labeled AS like distribution through those channels? Yeah. Yeah. And no, Derek, one thing left, I guess, promote the shit out of Yes. Yes. All over the place on your YouTube or your Twitter, on your SoundCloud. Make sure to send it, send it to all the DJs, you know, get some digits for 10001001 trip lists. What else? Well, I think you've covered most of it's, of course it's nice to not just write a bit of text about sung and post a picture of you playing a DJ. Since you know the content that you want. The more unique the content is, the more attention your track is going to get, at least most of the times. So really think about, you know, bringing it to your audience in a unique way. Yeah, I think that's important. And yep, that's good or no streams and get all those all those digits, 40 minutes. And then, you know, maybe you have a a clump banner in your hands. 9. Keep track of your track: Last but not least, some stuff you can keep track off to know how well your track is doing. There are few of websites to check. One Spotify and you have, you probably have an artist's profile by now. And you can see all the blindness. That's worth a trek. You can see how many plays he got up with the Spotify for artists. And you can look it up online. And also Thousand and One Track lists. You can see all the digits were on there. Yeah, it's sort of the genre. Like it depends what kind of music you make. Like if it's somewhat of the commercial dance, then it's one friendliest. Yeah. And if you get support from certain DJ, maybe thank them. Send them a tweet, thanks for sport. Make a connection with those. The case, you can check out the amount of shes ohms shows up. You can see all the comments on YouTube. Charts, of course. Yeah. You can get a good overall fly off. How well did TREC is doing on those websites, I think. And and that's it. I think thinks I was well, now it's time for your next release. Maybe. Thanks for watching. See you in the next video.