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Dear Record Label: Making Friends with Your Competition, and How to Get the Most Out of Touring

Dear Record Label: Making Friends with Your Competition, and How to Get the Most Out of Touring

In a band? Have no idea how to go about getting a label to take you seriously? We've got the answers you're looking for.

In our blog series, "Dear Record Label," we went to Roadrunner Records -- home of Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Opeth, Megadeth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Trivium and more -- and asked them the tough questions young bands should know the answers to. Each week, we'll be bringing you advice from members of the Roadrunner staff to try and get you on track to get noticed.

Q: Should fellow up-and-comers be considered friends or foes?

MONTE CONNER (VP of A&R): A big part of success in the music business is about who you know and the connections you make along the way. It's always good to bond with fellow bands as you may need those bands one day, whether to open for them or have them open for you and help your tour. That doesn't mean you can't aspire to blow them off the stage every night. And that's just touring. What about all the other facets of being a working musician.

For the same reasons you need friends in life, you also need friends in your career as a musician. A little competition, not to mention confidence in your own band, is never a bad thing. While it's a small business (and one you don't want to burn any bridges in) it's also big enough to support many successful bands.

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