I sometimes get approached by aspiring recording artists looking for help, and I’ve broadened my skill set from a songwriter to music producer. One of my long-term goals with Leet Music is to be serve as a music / label and publisher for artists within the anime, video game and “otaku” music genre. This article outlines my plans and how I hope to benefit from it.
What is artist development?
Recording artist development is how an publisher (record label, etc.) partners with an emerging artist to create a music product for the first time. Often the artist will provide creative assets like vocals, sometimes the music and lyrics, and the publisher invests in the business of music production, assets like graphic design and music video, as well as promotion and distribution of the record. In exchange for assuming financial risk in the project, the publisher often takes the lion’s share of the earnings from the music.
If the product is a success then the publisher turns a profit and starts paying the artist a percentage based on the terms of the contract. If the product turns out to be an extremely successful release then the artist will usually be able to broker a better deal with a publisher for their next project. If the product is a flop and the publisher never recoups their investment then the artist usually will not receive any royalties. The relationship is similar to that of an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist.read more
Matt composed most of the soundtrack to “Nicole,” the latest release from Winter Wolves Games which was just released! The game has elements of mystery and romance set in a contemporary college setting. The music is a mix of dramatic piano(accented by strings), modern arrangements, and even a fun disco pub tune. The full soundtrack is available through purchase of the bonus version of the game.read more
Leet Music composed a track for the latest installment of Ubisoft’s hit console game franchise Just Dance Kids 2014! The game was released yesterday and is now available in retail locations everywhere!read more