When you have a large following on social media, it may seem like a no-brainer to jump at the chance for a record deal. However, many factors influence what you can get out of the deal and how much you’ll even be able to make. Everything is negotiated: publishing rights, streaming revenue, and maybe even work with other artists on a label.
Before signing any contract, it’s crucial to understand every detail. The more lucrative the contract seems, the more critical it is to read the fine print. This is where an attorney or someone familiar with the music business’s intricacies comes in handy. You should never forget that the record label will look out for their best interests above all else. They want to sign artists who will sell records and earn them money. They don’t care about your artistic vision or your personality! Ego aside, if you do feel confident about your abilities as an artist then go ahead and try to negotiate whatever terms you feel are beneficial to you.
It is not a new incidence for music artistes to float their labels. Several Nigerian music stars have successfully launched their record label shortly after departing from the company that groomed them. Some Nigerian music artists who created their record labels after leaving their previous labels include Wizkid, D’Banj, Harrysong, Davido, Wande Coal, and Ice Prince Zamani, just to mention a few.
Bolanle crooner Zlatan Ibile was previously signed to Alleluia Boys Entertainment but has now left the outfit to set up his record label. Zlatan had a memorable year as he churned out club bangers and collaborated with other music artists like Burna Boy, Davido, Chinko Ekun, and Naira Marley to produce hit songs.
On January 1st, 2020, Zlatan announced the establishment of his entertainment company/record label, ‘Zanku Records’. Zlatan’s move to create his own music group was made shortly after Naira Marley launched his Marlians Music record label.
Initially, he didn’t unveil any signing except for his pet, “Astalavi The Dog”. On Zlatan’s 25th birthday (dated February 11, 2020), the artiste subtly hinted that his label has seven artistes along with his music manager, music producer, PR consultant, and video director.
However, we can authoritatively confirm that Zanku Records has four artistes: Papisnoop, JamoPyper, Oberz, and Zlatan himself.
Despite having four artistes, Zanku Records seem to be looking for music artistes to sign. In this post, you will learn how to join Zanku Records.
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How To Join Zanku Records
This section will provide you with what you need to do to get signed to Zanku Records.
1. Make Good Songs
The secret to making it to the limelight as a musician is crafting good songs. Most musicians claim to be highly talented in making songs, but their songs are wack and unsuitable for public consumption. To make a hit song in Nigeria, you must get a catchy phrase as the song title and get a good sound engineer or music producer to make the song.
The song must be properly mixed and mastered after you must have done your recording. You should not be complacent in making one song, create more songs and collaborate with other music artistes. Doing this will immensely grow your music career.
2. Promote Your Songs
After making a good song, many artistes kill the song by keeping it on their phones, playing it on their sound system, or sharing it with their friends only. Promoting your songs helps you win more fans; it also gives you an excellent connection to record label executives, managers, and personalities in the music industry.
Without a doubt, music promotion is expensive. Many artistes do not have the funds to promote their songs on radio stations, television stations, online websites, and digital music platforms.
If you lack funds to promote your music, you can consider selling your music on digital music platforms like iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, Spotify, Spinlet, Apple Music, Shazam, etc. Some entertainment and news websites may charge you a fee to upload and promote your music on their website.
If you have a reasonable budget, you can consider hiring a PR agency or consultant to help you promote your music. Social media allows any music artist to freely promote their songs online. Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, and Twitter are helpful for online promotion. Moreover, you can also consider creating a YouTube channel to upload your music videos.
3. Feature Zanku Records Artistes
You can get the attention of Zlatan if you feature or collaborate with any of the artists on Zanku Records. Supposing you want to make an Afropop single, you can collaborate with Oberz or JamoPyper. If you are conversant with the aforementioned artistes, you can talk to them to recommend you to their CEO to sign.
You may not get signed immediately, but eventually, you will get signed if Zlatan likes your sound or if there’s an available slot in the label for you to fit in.
4. Contact Zlatan
Lastly, another thing you should do to join Zanku records is to contact Zlatan, the label’s owner. Most artistes contact Zlatan through his social media handles by sending a tweet or Direct Message (DM). Indeed, Zlatan Ibile receives lots of messages from his fans & followers, and he may not read yours. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t deter your aspirations, keep trying till you get his attention.
Contacting Zlatan will be a challenge for people who do not have his direct phone number or email. However, anyone can reach out to Zlatan by first contacting his management or the artistes on his roster.
Contact Zlatan’s management team by mail or telephone, and talk your way into telling him how talented you are and why you want to be on Zanku Records. You must understand that Zanku records receive many messages from upcoming music artistes who want to join the label.
Therefore, try to make an impression by sending your demo or songs for listening. They may invite you to their studio to sign a recording contract or make music together if you are considered.
Getting signed to Zanku Records will be a dream for many music artistes. However, not every musician will get signed to Zanku Records. Some significant benefits of becoming a Zanku Records member are a recording contract, an official car, and an apartment. You also get featured in Zlatan songs and videos and shoot top-notch music video production for your songs.
Also, the celebrity status of Zlatan can help your career by helping you collaborate with A-List music stars. For instance, JamoPyper has a new song with DMW artiste, Mayorkun, and the song is doing well on the music charts.
Do you believe in your dreams? Do you want to get signed to Zanku records? Without a doubt, implementing the tips in this post can help you secure a record deal with Zanku records. Congratulations in advance. If you found this helpful, leave a comment and share this post.