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Artists/Bands that paid big name producer to record an album, then got signed?
Old 4th February 2010
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Artists/Bands that paid big name producer to record an album, then got signed?

Bands that recorded the album with their own money and then a label picked them up and used that record that they paid for?

I know Jimmy Eat World paid Mark Trombino to produce Bleed American before they were picked up, do you know of any others in similar situations?
Old 4th February 2010
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It's a big gamble isn't it.
And well know producers don't come cheap.
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Old 4th February 2010
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I wouldn't assign much credit to a "big name producer" for getting an artist signed. Most won't touch any artist who hasn't already got a great deal going for them.

Certainly a high profile producer's name will attract the attention of people at labels but the decision is almost always based on being convinced that the artist is capable of actually going out and selling a significant number of records. The "name" will get you listened to but the most that generally results in is somebody from the label checking the artist out at a gig.
Old 5th February 2010
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The comment about J.E.W. isn't entirely true.

They knew Mark Trombino because he produced their earlier album Clarity while they were signed to a major record label. After they left the major, they called on him for Bleed American.

With that being said, he certainly did have to have a lot of faith in the band to work with them on such a small budget and no label support.

Interesting topic though.
Old 5th February 2010
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Originally Posted by jonaknt View Post
The comment about J.E.W. isn't entirely true.

They knew Mark Trombino because he produced their earlier album Clarity while they were signed to a major record label. After they left the major, they called on him for Bleed American.

With that being said, he certainly did have to have a lot of faith in the band to work with them on such a small budget and no label support.

Interesting topic though.
Even further complicated by the fact that Tom Delonge - the mouthpiece for one of the biggest bands in the world at the time - mentioned them as one of his favorite bands in a Blink 182 DVD. Having friends helps. Having friends who millions of 14 year olds want to emulate helps even more.
Old 16th March 2010
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Originally Posted by jonaknt View Post
The comment about J.E.W. isn't entirely true.

They knew Mark Trombino because he produced their earlier album Clarity while they were signed to a major record label. After they left the major, they called on him for Bleed American.

With that being said, he certainly did have to have a lot of faith in the band to work with them on such a small budget and no label support.

Interesting topic though.
it wasn't that small of a budget.

they all worked temp jobs to pay for that record----took over a year!

i want to say it was in the ballpark of $100k.
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