Frequently Asked Questions
What is Swimming With Sharks Records?
What can you do for my band?
Swimming With Sharks Records is an Independent Record Label based out of Dallas, Texas that specializes in Rock and Metal, although not exclusively. In the music industry, a record label is a brand and/or a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. There are several different types of Record Labels including Distros, which primarily focus on the replication and distribution of a band’s album and/or music, and there are promotional based, do-it-yourself type labels – which is more along the lines of what SWS Records is. Many labels like Metal Blade and Earache Records started with a single person promoting and distributing a band’s music and have grown to be some of the leading Independent Metal Labels in the world! Swimming With Sharks Records focuses on getting your band’s music to a larger audience through distribution and promotion. SWS Records can offer you: Worldwide Digital Distribution, Promotion, Booking, Management, Graphic Design, and provide you with the resources necessary to take your band to the next level and can even be a stepping stone to larger more predominant labels.
I submitted my band/demo but haven’t heard anything back. What’s the deal? How come we haven’t heard from you?
There are a number of reasons why you may not have heard anything from us yet. The owner of the label is in a signed band and is always on the road touring and playing shows. If you don’t hear anything back, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we don’t like your band or that you aren’t good enough to be on a label. It sometimes just means that you aren’t the right band for this label or you just didn’t catch the attention of the label this time. Be patient and don’t give up. Keep making music and playing shows and submit your music to other labels as well. It never hurts to try! On the other hand, maybe you just suck.
Will you give us money to go into the studio and record an album?
The answer to this question is NO. At this time, the record label does not have the funds available to put a band in the studio. We are looking for established bands with a do-it-yourself attitude. We are looking for bands that are hard working and dedicated and who have already put forth the work and effort to gain a moderate fan base and/or record a decent album themselves. As the label grows this may change, and we may be able to put a band in the studio. We do however have a lot of contacts and connections in the industry, and may be able to help you negotiate a deal…
Will our album be available in stores?
Well, maybe. As of right now, we focus primarily on Digital Distribution of your bands music. However it may be possible, in the future, for your band’s music to be pressed and available in retail stores.
How do we get signed to Swimming With Sharks Records?
Please click the “Contact” tab on our main menu.
Will we be rich and famous if we sign a record deal?
A lot of bands and artists believe that once they sign a record deal, their dreams have come true and they no longer need to do any work. Unfortunately this is just not the case. Signing to a label does not garauntee success of any kind. It all depends on how hard you work and how good your music is. Sometimes it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.