If you have good songs and a real desire to make music, the next thing to do, instead of approach record companies, is to get yourself a really good manager because then it allows you to focus on your profession of being a musician. Then they can focus on the darker art of the record label and the music industry.
By now you should have understood that it’s better to start your career slowly on your own, instead of hoping for quick fame and of trying to get a record deal right away. This will allow you to develop your own sound and style, while chances will be lower that a record company can turn you into some mass-compatible, expandable puppet. One last thing I’d like to say is that as soon as things will really be kicking off, you’ll need a good manager that can do all the networking and paperwork for you, so that you’ll still have time to work on your music. You may not yet need a manager at this point, but as soon as things will really kick off you’ll quickly need some good connections to people you can trust, so it may be a good idea to start looking for some capable people right away.
Your manager cannot just be just one of your buddies next door, you’ll need the real deal. But even if you’ve found a good manager, make sure that you’ll still be in control of everything. Don’t allow other people to take important decisions for you. As soon as you will be approached by a record company, you’ll also have to get yourself a good lawyer who will check all of the details for you. Never sign a deal without talking to your manager and to your lawyer first. But we’ll discuss all of this in the second half of this manual, for the moment you should get ready to learn a bit more about the Golden Age, and about the Masters Of The Past.