Originally Posted by peeder
The major labels have already passed on you. They won't work with someone who thinks they can do everything themselves when they have zero (0) experience or connections.
Back in my teens when I was apprenticing with some very seasoned veterans, I asked, "What's different about the artists that succeed?" The answer was, "The people who let themselves be manipulated the most are the most successful."
Success in this biz requires a fanatical focus on the essence of what makes you unique, and complete welcoming of the contributions of others that don't detract from that essence. You have to give up control of everything else or you are going nowhere. Sorry to bring truth upon you...
I disagree. IF (!), an artist can deliver a demo that sounds like a major label record, with himself producing it, then I see no reason why the label should pass on him. Not all labels want some 18-year old teenage girl who they can manipulate. Some A&Rs are actually inspired by artists having a strong vision for their music and wanting to be involved in as many aspects of their career as possible.