I've just finished reading a post over at Tunecore about a musician named Mindy Smith. In it, she mentions that she had been part of a major record label for seven years, but eventually decided to go it alone. She has since released some of her material independently, and has continued making sales of her music.
Although the article doesn't mention any figures or whether or not she was better off financially on or off a label, the message from her point of view is clear:
You don't always need to have a record label to see success in the music industry.
Of course, ‘success' means different things to different people, but that's not the discussion I'm trying to get into today. What I want to know from you is:
Do you feel it's possible to see the level of success you personally want by remaining an independent musician?
Or do you feel you'll eventually need to sign to a record label to get where you want to be?
Is Mindy's independent success something a musician who has never been through a record label also achieve?
I'd love to hear your view on this subject in the comments below. There's no right or wrong answer; hopefully we can all learn from each other and see different point of views.