Here Come the Regulars: How to Run a Record Label on a Shoestring Budget

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Ian Anderson started recording music when he was thirteen and launched his own successful label, Afternoon Records, in 2003, when he was just eighteen. Now this wunderkind of the indie music scene has written the ultimate guide for all those aspiring to a career in the record industry.Here Come the Regulars covers territory ranging from a label's image to its budget, focusing on the importance of blogging culture and how to use new media like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, ...

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Here Come the Regulars: How to Run a Record Label on a Shoestring Budget

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Overview

Ian Anderson started recording music when he was thirteen and launched his own successful label, Afternoon Records, in 2003, when he was just eighteen. Now this wunderkind of the indie music scene has written the ultimate guide for all those aspiring to a career in the record industry.Here Come the Regulars covers territory ranging from a label's image to its budget, focusing on the importance of blogging culture and how to use new media like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and iTunes to the best advantage.

Aside from its essential advice--including a truthful account of the role of attorneys, contracts, and record deals--this accessible guide also contains key practical information ranging from sample legal agreements and press releases to actual figures illustrating how much money to spend on what (promotion, tour expenses, even T-shirts), all specifically geared toward the young upstart with very little in the bank.

As the front man for the indie-pop band One for the Team and the editor of the music blog MFR, Anderson demonstrates how an energetic and persevering small label can thrive in an era of big box stores and homogenized radio stations. Showing how to start with $500 and an office that's the size of your bedroom closet because it is your bedroom closet, Here Come the Regulars will become the dog-eared, underlined bible on your nightstand. C

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“The Doogie Howser of rock has a record label that’s going to take over the world.” Rob Van Alstyne, Seattle

“[Ian Anderson’s] got a keen ear for investments . . . and his faith in the underage underground is starting to pay dividends . . . Productivity like that will get you everywhere in the music biz.” —City Pages (Minneapolis)

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Anderson—who launched his own record label, Afternoon Records, in Minneapolis at 18 and is front man of the indie band One for the Team—details how to run an indie label from the ground up. He instructs readers on starting their own label, developing a budget, approaching potential artists, writing press releases, and more, also giving essential advice on contracts, record deals, and attorneys. In addition to the basics, he speaks to younger audiences with chapters discussing how to approach people without feeling slimy and saying no to friends. VERDICT The individual market niche—twenty- and thirtysomethings with upstart record labels or entrepreneurial dreams—sets this useful book apart from other how-to guides. For the growing pool of DIY hipsters.—Bradford Lee Eden, Univ. of California Lib., Santa Barbara
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865479814
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,023,157
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Anderson fronts indie-pop band One for the Team, founded the Minneapolis-based indie label Afternoon Records, and is the editor of music blog MFR. Here Come the Regulars is his first book.

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