I have agreed to sign with the new iOS Music focused label, LazerKat Records. The agreement has not yet been formalized, nor have they presented me with any contract yet, but when they do send it to me (if in a reasonable amount of time) I intend to make it official and sign it.
UPDATE As of this date 9-27-2013-
I have yet to receive any agreement or contract, and have still not signed anything.
It’s been months since I’ve heard from LKR and am puzzled that there has still been no movement with making anything official.
It doesn’t offend me or anything, I have no hard feelings at all, but I do not consider myself officially signed to LKR having never received any document of any kind. I had sent a few emails over the months asking questions, but other than a couple casual, and friendly social media private messages, I’ve not really heard much from them at all, and not had any real answers.
My role with LKR was never defined, and I couldn’t ever get any solid confirmation to anything. The compilation vol 2&3 have not been realized still after several months. Again no hard feelings. I understand that despite best intentions things don’t always go as planned.
However I have been through similar scenarios prior to LKR with FatelessFlows. That said, I consider myself a “Free Agent” with no binding commitments to any label or organization at this time. I am however considering signing with another label. This time though, I will be sure to see the business plan, and have an actual contract to sign before announcing anything as I have before. I am not going to trust casual agreements any longer. I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t learn from my mistakes and correct past habits.
So going forward, I do still think LKR is a fine addition to the iOS Music community, and provides a great service to many, but I feel I’ve been largely ignored. I wish them well, and I hope to keep the friendships I’ve made, but I am officially not signed to any label as of the date of this UPDATE. When I do make a decision and have already read and signed a legal document, I will be sure to post about it.
UPDATE 2 11-2-13 I am on the verge of signing an actual contract with a label. Ill name them after that’s done.
Original post follows
They have quickly become very active in the iOS music community showing incredible support. They are quite serious about what they want to accomplish.
While greatly supporting iOS Music they also are very interested in reaching beyond comfort zones. I believe they have the right attitude, drive and ambitions to accomplish their goals.
It feels like the best fit for me. Having personally had less than satisfactory label experiences in the past, waiting for others to show action, open websites, other various disorganization problems, and delays; I have been very shy about going through similar experiences again. LKR is showing incredible initiative, and serious dedication. Their efforts inspire confidence. I think that’s best for me, and anyone involved. Of course they are eager to welcome others, so give them a shout maybe.
I hope you will join me in welcoming them (if you haven’t already) with open arms.
In addition to being one of their growing list of artists, I also am helping them in the best ways I can.
What follows is a copy of their press release kicking off what I’m sure will be a bright future.
LKR has made some changes for the better.
We’ve decided, thanks largely to the amazing support and community enthusiasm, to take a brief pause and do some serious organizing.
We want more than anything to represent ourselves and our artists professionally, and believe these changes will make us more efficient and better reflect our vision.
We are serious about being a label featuring iOS musicians. Our goal is to help blur the lines that have separated iOS Music from other forms of production and reach beyond our comfort zone. Like many of you, we believe in iOS music. The quality of music and artists are second to none.
To start things off we have assigned roles and positions to become better organized and proficient.
Jeremy McGil – CEO/Head Of Marketing
Joel Sneddon – Lead A&R
Graeme Fehr – VP/Web Design
Ivan Kuptsov – Social Media Relations
David Israel – Promotions/App Support
Featured LKR Artists releasing solo albums:
We are still planning to release our LazerKat/iPad Musician Compilation Vols. 2 & 3. Please be patient, this needs to have full attention placed on quality. You can’t rush quality. We want to do everything with our best and most focused effort.
Music submissions are welcome!
Please send 3 of your favorite songs in MP3 -128 bits, for consideration to : LazerKatDemos@gmail.com or send a SoundCloud link directly to the tracks you want us to hear. We will contact any artists we are interested in working with for follow up.
Thank you for all of your amazing support.
Our community is full of some of the most talented musicians in the world, and we look forward to showcasing what’s next to the world.
P.S. here is the link to my LKR artist page on their website: http://www.lazerkatrecords.com/artist/smite-matter/