Monday, 28 November 2011

Music Distribution Company Choices!

I am researching music companies and music stores to have as the bands record label and the main distribution store. The record label plays a massive part in the band/solo artist taking off. It is mainly associated with the band recording the song; sorting out the recording studio. They are responsible for the marketing of the band and also the music videos. Without marketing, no band would be majorly recognised. Since I am trying to make this product as realistic as possible, I am going to analyse record labels.

Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Recording Company has signed the likes of Kings of Leon and Franz Ferdinand. Their main priorities are signing indie/rock artists and our song choice (The Kill) is a rock song. For realism, it would be more plausible to use this record label to represent our band however I will still research into more record labels.


Maverick have helped produce the work of The Prodigy on two occasions and UK rock band, Muse on their album 'Showbiz'. It would be a good label to work with, but they are constantly losing artists with lack of communication from the owners since the take over. They haven't really signed any other major stars so this could suggest that their internal affairs with the artist may not be strong or they aren't the best at marketing their own artists. 

Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam have been around for more than quarter of a century and they have signed some of the best artists in the music industry. By looking at their discography, they mainly go for R & B artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West and Jay-Z. Since we're going for a Indie/rock band, this is not the record label we are looking for. 

So the record label we are going to choose is Sony Music Entertainment.


For my music poster, I have decided to use HMV for my music advert since they are the most prolific music store in the UK. They do many varieties of posters ranging from new albums to meet and greets, also known as "Get closer" posters. I have already started creating the poster at this point and now I have decided upon a label, I can finish the rest off!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Ancillary Tasks - Digipak

I have took some images which were pretty fun taking as I was using a tree to balance the camera to take pictures at different angles. I have narrowed it down to two pictures which came out really well and portray images for a typical album cover for a solo artist.

Front Cover

This picture is a medium shot which is a moderately used shot on CD covers with close-ups. This was the first picture I took with the camera hanging off the tree. I think it's a very effective picture as the solo artist is looking right down the lens of the camera and the artist is the main focus of the picture. There is no major distractions in the background so the focus won't be dropped. The fact that I am looking straight down the lens of the camera is very effective for the audience as my eyes will possibly catch their attention considering I'm right in the middle of the shot.

Back of Digi-pak

This is a low angle shot which was took with the camera balancing on a rock. I like this shot as it has the artist looking away from the camera as if he is looking to his future. However, this picture seems darker than the image I'm using for my front cover so I touched it up a little..

I prefer this version more as the colours are a lot more solid and lighter. It will make a major difference to the look of my Digi-pak. I will have the contents of the album in the top right of the album with the essential conventions; bar code, trademark information etc running from the bottom left to the right.