Hello again everyone, I have returned!
So, let me tell you about the horror I just went through. So, my song "Wilmas & Bettys" got pretty significant radio play in Canada and that got the attention of Capitol Records. They looked into me and then we had a Zoom meeting (Coronavirus) and they sent me a development deal contract. This stated that they would assign me a man (his name was Marcus) from a development firm, who would give me advice and guide me through maximizing my social media presence, my streams, and show Capitol that there was a market for me and my music. In return, the firm would get a piece of the pie. (This sounds shady, and honestly it is).
During this process, Marcus treated me like garbage. He would insult me, tell me I was always going to be nothing, and unless I played by the rules was destined to fail. They listened to my song "Footstomper" and told me it was garbage and I needed to replace it. ONE GOOD THING was they pushed my song "Dernier Cri" through the red tape from Apple. (English song with French title).
Marcus called me at work, text me at night, repeatedly woke my wife up (California 2 hours under central standard time USA), and constantly just hassled me.
Finally, the deal was over. They told me to completely scrap my upcoming album "All My Many Houses" in light of coronavirus possibly lifting soon and festivals resuming and they wanted me to create a hardstyle festival album and they might be able to get me on a small spot on a festival tour. I told them no and I refused to scrap my entire "All My Many Houses" album.
This led to a very heated argument, some death threats to them from me, and them "dropping" their services to me. I received a phone call later, from Marcus, telling me I was out and I was blocked and they blocked me on Zoom, they blocked me on cell phone, and that Capitol Records is no longer interested in my development. Marcus also told me before he hung up that I would never be anything, I would never have success because I am lazy and inflexible and refuse to do the necessary hard work to make it and he's glad to be rid of me because I'm a "whiny bitch". He says music is to make money. If you want money, you make better music. Since I am incapable of making better music, I must not be interested in money and therefore they are not interested in me.
Just wanted to share that for all of you folks who might have hopes and dreams of getting a record deal. Artist development is what they use to make sure you will be a viable success for them and that's basically the treatment you will get in artist development. Nonstop phone calls and them deciding your music sucks suddenly make new music.
Or at least that was my experience, but I wanted to share it with you.