Aspiring musicians should beware of the pitfalls of record label deals, says Jared Leto
Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars wants to caution young music fans who want to get into the music business. Before singing any kind of record label deal, Leto says hopefuls should watch his documentary, “Artifact.”
The movie documents the group’s high-profile legal battle with record label EMI after getting served with a $30 million lawsuit when 30 Seconds to Mars tried to leave the label in 2007, and Leto says the story should help aspiring musicians learn more about what’s involved when signing to a major label.
“Watch the film first,” he told Forbes. “Maybe twice, and read some good books, get a great lawyer and don’t sign a record deal until you absolutely have to. Gain as big an audience and community as you can, work on your craft and art, get on the road and tour and then find a partner.”
Still, Leto says being on a record label is crucial to an artist’s success. “You need a record company and if you don’t have one you’re going to have to hire a bunch of independent companies to do what you need to do,” he said. “There’s no global success that hasn’t had a record company of some kind, a distribution deal or a publishing deal. You have to have something in place, and that’s not always a bad thing, to have people working really hard for you.”
“Artifact” is currently on iTunes, and the film will also arrive in select theaters around the globe in the coming weeks. For more on the film, visit the Adventures in Wonderland website.
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