Entertainment Blog In Nigeria

Entertainment Blog In Nigeria

QuickGisterBlog geared towards providing useful tips for upcoming and unsigned artistes in Nigeria and we as well feed you with the latest happenings in Nigerian Entertainment Industry.

10.17.2020

20 Business Niches In Nigerian Music Industry

17.10.20 0
20 Business Niches In Nigerian Music Industry

Music is lot more than it used to be, month by month, day by day, century by century from live instrument to studio engines, sound equipment, involvement on the internet. The social media has made music a shooting star, just how it helps Africa music evolves the oceans. For the sake of this article, I want to point out some business niches in Nigeria music industry, which obviously applies to some other countries as well. Below are the niches;

20 Business niches in the Music Industry


1. Setting up your own record label : If you want to make money in Nigerian entertainment industry, but you don’t have much in the way of musical talent, you can start your own independent record label. This is also an option for upcoming musicians who are having trouble getting signed with a major label deal. You might want to read about How To Start A Record Label In Nigeria And Make Money


2. Writing songs for artistes: Song writing in the music industry is one, if not the major and a critical aspect of music. writing for artistes is surely a big niche in this industry, and no doubt a profitable one. Most songwriters are ghostwriters, they  are often used to write songs, lyrics, and instrumental pieces. When a record company wants to market an inexperienced young singer as a singer-songwriter, or help a veteran bandleader coping with writer's block (or a lack of motivation to finish the next album), an experienced songwriter may be discreetly brought in to help. In other cases, a ghostwriter writes lyrics and a melody in the style of the credited musician, with little or no input from the credited musician. 

3. Booking Agent: An Artiste Booker, or Booking Agent, works in the music industry to book performers for concerts, gigs and other live music performances. They often schedule performances and negotiate with the artistes directly or with booking representatives or producers to arrange terms of contract, dates, and fees. They may also audition new talent. Artiste Bookers or Booking Agents may either be employed in-house or work independently. They may specialize in independent bookings in a particular musical genre such as cabaret, chamber music or rock or pop music. An Artiste Booker or Booking Agent may even sponsor, manage and produce the whole event.

A Booking Agent is responsible for booking live performances including concerts, gigs, tours and radio and TV performances for artistes, bands, DJs, Choirs, orchestras and other musical ensembles. They are responsible for developing the musicians' or artistes' career with regard to their live performance. A Booking Agent, or Artiste Booker, will work closely with the artistes' management, promoter and record company. Sometimes, especially with new and emerging artistes the manager will combine their role with that of Booking Agent. They will usually work on a whole tour rather than just one gig. They will often require an exclusive contract on touring activities, especially if the artiste is signed.
The Agent will be responsible for negotiating and issuing contracts, collecting deposits and sending out promotional material. They may work freelance, be part of the band, or work for a music company or agency. They may be responsible for one artiste, band or musical ensemble, or for several. They will often work on a commission basis and usually get around 10 - 15% commission of the artiste's fee.
Some Booking Agents will provide all styles of artistes and musicians ranging from classical to dance music and cover a range of events including bars, clubs, local, corporate and trade events. Others provide entertainment for cruise ships, theaters, hotels and international venues. Some Booking Agents will specialize in musicians and producers working in particular genres, such as rock, pop, dance, urban or acoustic.
Many Booking Agents will offer a portfolio of services for their clients, including artiste management services, or marketing, distribution and publicity campaigns for a variety of media.
Excellent knowledge of the music industry and keeping in touch with current music trends is essential, as is building up an excellent network of contacts in the music business. There are no specific professional qualifications required. Building up experience in the music industry is important, this can be done by working in different capacities — any work that brings you music business contacts and keeps you in touch with the industry will help. Many Booking Agents are musicians who have built up their expertise on the job working for themselves, their own ensembles, bands or for friends who are musicians.


4. Disc Jockey:  If you are picking DJ as niche then you have to pick a niche for being a DJ also, there are five basic  niches in disc jockeying. DJ requires different approach when you want to make living outta it, Knowing which one you fit in, or want to be, will make achieving the goal easier.
(a). No limit all rounder 
An all rounder no limit disc jokey plays anything he can to make the dance floor go gaga (crazy), he has an enormous music collection and is in no way principal in playing all genres. He is able to read the crowd, and has a vast knowledge of how people react to different kinds of music. 

(b). Crebible All Rounder:
The allrounder who DOES want to educate his crowd. This DJ is usually well-trained, and educated enough to know which tracks from the last four decades are ‘credible’. He will for sure play ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Eurythmics but will throw his drink at you when you ask for ‘Paradise By The Dashboardlight’. He is a crowdpleaser, but will take any chance he got, to throw in a lesser known track.
c). One genre Dj: 
These DJs sticks, live and breathes a certain genre of music or related ones. Narrowing yourself to this genre makes you less employable as a Dj in general. But, having a distinctive style makes you recognizable. So reaching any kind of fame comes closer, as well as having a dedicated fan-base. To beat the competition as a genre DJ, most important is to play as distinctive and original as possible. As most of your colleagues draw from the same pile of songs, you make the difference by track choice and timing. And be sure you can improvise, to anticipate the crowds’ response. 
d. One genre with extra's 
Specializes in one genre, but is not afraid to throw in something surprising when he feels he should. This could be a house DJ, famous or not, who plays his ‘own’ sound for hours, but is still ready to blend a ZLATAN IBILE track in when heavy weapons are necessary to keep the crowd awake. Could also be a respected R&B hero who plays the Afro Rap track for some extra energy.
Sticking to one genre means your are true to your own taste of music, but it makes work as a DJ harder to get. Being flexible to include some related genres to keep your set accessible, makes you still employable in a wide variety of clubs. 
Be great in the style you really want to be good at. But, never close your eyes to what raises the roof in other genres and throw in a surprise like that when you think you should. All famous DJs of this kind, reached that mainly through their own releases.
e. Niche Dj

This DJ sold his heart to a specific sub-genre or just one kind of vibe, energy level or BPM-range. Can be a someone who plays only the darkest of the darkest Electro, but also an R&B lover who only plays tracks from ‘84 to ‘89
From easy to get work, to very hard. Making a choice for a certain niche makes career planning easy because your goal is clear. Plus, if you´re good, everyone will book you when they need a DJ in this niche.

5. Band Management: Its a fun and demanding job that requires juggling lots of different tasks at once, the band manager is kind of like the band's shepherd. A modern-day band manager will wear many hats. Usually, he or she will be working on both the creative direction and business side of the band. In some cases, a band will be assigned a manager by a record label, other times a manager works directly for the band. Depending on the size of the manager's operation (does he/she have staff, etc.), the manager may be handling more than one client at a time. But some prefer to work with just one band. 
Band management requires a lot of cold calling and pitching for opportunities. You'll have to network, be willing to be persistent when people don't return your calls and generally be comfortable with approaching new people. As a manager, you'll have to do a bit of business hustling, so if the thought of calling a promoter again and again until they finally hear you out doesn't appeal. Honing people's skills
 As a band manager, you're going to be present for some pretty fun times, including times that last well into when work is supposed to be going on. It's your job always to make sure the work gets done, even if the band is having a wild old time. You need to make sure everyone is up when they need to be, at interviews, shows, sound checksload-ins, and everything else, and you need to make sure that the band gets on the bus when they need to. In other words, someone has to be the grownup. You've got to be prepared to stand your ground and not overindulge. Be responsible 
Most jobs require a bit of juggling, but band management is in a league of its own. This is especially true when you're working with a band that is in the early stages of its career and doesn't have a team in place. Once there is an agent handling booking, a label or distributor handling sales, a PR company handling press and radio, and so on, you'll be in the position of making sure everyone is communicating and doing their jobs. Before that, you'll be trying to assemble the team while doing all of their jobs yourself. It's hectic, and you can't let any one thing fall by the wayside for too long. 


6. Recording Studio: Owning a recording studio in Nigeria as a musician gives you a lot of edge above others, especially when you are upcoming, it saves you a whole lot of things money, time, embarrassment, inspiration for example, have an awesome idea for a song at three in the morning? Well, too bad, because the recording studio is closed. From a psychological standpoint, recording on your own can be a really empowering experience. It might seem overwhelming at first, but you’ll pick up more and more as you continue through the process. Before you know it, you’ll have developed your own, signature sound. Depending on your skill level, interests, and the way your studio is set up, you might eventually be able to charge other musicians to record.


7. Rehearsal Space Rentals: Musical bands and performers have always had a difficult time securing space for rehearsing their acts and numbers, and starting a business that rents rehearsal space to musicians by the hour, day, week or month is a fantastic new enterprise to get rolling. Ideally, the business will be established on leased premises in an industrial building so that noise won't be a concern or become a problem. Additionally, the spaced that's leased for the rehearsal space should also be subdivided into a few smaller rehearsal rooms to accommodate more than one customer at a time. Typical customers will be anyone in the music industry--from musicians to singers to music producers.

8. Music Event Planner: Live music industry in Nigeria has had and will always have a rocky time. Music event will surely be a blast in post-Covid. so, being a music event planner is a money making niche in the music industry in Nigeria. this are what you need to do;

Research is vital to the success of any kind of event, and live music is no different. There’s a whole lot to think about: the acts, the venue, the equipment, income generation; the list goes on! I’ll cover a few of these below, but a good grounding in events management from an accredited training course can really help you to feel confident and in control – increasing your chances of success.

It’s exciting to think about one day organizing the kind of large-scale events you’ve enjoyed in the past, but by starting small you’re giving yourself a chance to learn your trade in a less risky environment. Building your practical experience counts for a lot. It’s also one way of making great new contacts that can be the key to success later on. For now, you want to think locally rather than nationally. Find out what’s going on in your nearest large town or city: a good local entertainment guide, either online or in print, can give you a great overview.

So now you’ve got a clearer idea of what’s going on and where, the next step is to find musicians! Whether you’ve a friend with an awesome band or you’re planning to go and scout for new talent, here are some top tips: Find acts within similar genres – you don’t want a solo singer-songwriter to open for your brother’s metal band, however hilarious you think that would be.

Three (or four) is a magic number – for local gigs you’ll want to have more than a headline and a support act to make sure you’re drawing in enough people. Not too many though: you’ll run out of time (or space)!

Budget for travel expenses – many smaller acts are happy to play for free in return for the chance to   sell CDs or other merchandise, but providing for their travel expenses is a gesture of goodwill that will make them feel appreciated. Happy musicians = better music!

Still got that local entertainment guide? Super! You’ve got a list of the busiest, most popular venues in your area at your fingertips. Reality check: to get into many of them you’re going to need a solid track record for organizing great live music events. But everyone has to start somewhere – and we’re starting small, remember? Small bars, clubs and pubs are your friends: if you can guarantee them a boost to drinks sales on a normally slow night they’ll likely be happy to give you a shot (a chance, not, you know… an actual shot).

Yes, your acts will probably tell their fans to come along, but they’d like you to put the word out too. It’s vital to get your event in that local entertainment guide, and put up posters (even if they’re cheaply homemade) where music lovers will see them. Don’t forget social media: and get your acts to share any events or posters you upload to increase their reach. A busy night is a great night for everyone involved and sets you off on the path to greater success!


9. Music Teacher: Having the ability to teach singing and to play musical instruments is valuable to get started as a music teacher. Thinking outside of the box can also help you as far as being a compelling instructor. The more you can teach, the more likely students will flock to your studio. Maybe this is the least enjoyable aspect of becoming a Music Teacher, but it’s extremely important — almost as important as being proficient at the instrument you teach.

A big part of the business side is finding students. Maintaining a website or social media page are great options – although time-consuming, both current and prospective artistes want to see a teacher is posting relevant content as often as they can. Don’t forget about marketing yourself offline, too. Creating eye-catching flyers with a memorable logo is just one way to prove you’re professional and really set you apart from the competition. Although they may seem old-school, ALWAYS have business cards with you...aside being an instructor, you can as well make money as a Music Teacher just by judging/assigning musical related contests e.g Talents shows, project fame etc.

10. Talent Manager/Hunter: Artistes managers, who are also called talent managers, serve as the business managers of musicians. They handle negotiations and other business affairs of an artiste or band. Since the musician needs to focus all his/her attention into making music, the artiste manager serves as the promoter, agent or accountant. Artiste managers also handle bookings, assist in promotions and perform production-related tasks. They ensure tours, gigs and other bookings are paid, unless otherwise agreed by the artiste to perform before payment.

Duties

Artiste managers are responsible for collecting revenues, fees or other payments stipulated in contracts. They hold auditions and interviews to discover potential clients, communicate with artistes to develop marketing plans or tour goals for their music career and to recommend and implement actions to achieve them. Artiste managers also initiate contacts with individuals and organizations that may help in the promotion of their client’s career, negotiate and seek ex-deals, prepare lodging, travel, food and other needs for their clients’ out of town gigs and performances. They maximize sales by implementing direct marketing and advertising activities, negotiate with promoters and other people of contractual rights and obligations; as well as inspect equipments and facilities ensure they meet the artiste’s specifications. Most artiste managers book interviews for promotion, hire coaches and trainers to help artistes with dancing, voice, translations and others, and perform daily bookkeeping take and complete financial obligations like taxes.

Education and Training Requirements

Most artiste managers do not need academic training to qualify for this position. Although a college background is helpful since there are courses offered in music business and music marketing, many artists prefer managers with extensive industry experience and networks.

Knowledge and Skills Requirements

An artiste manager must be an expert on the in and out of the music business. Good artiste managers do everything they can to make their clients successful. They possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, public relations skills, marketing and advertising skills, negotiation skills, leadership skills and basic computer skills. Artiste managers must be friendly, independent, aggressive, and has the ability to work as part of a team.



11. Music Promoter: A music promoter is someone who publicizes and promotes performances. Promoters organize gigs, book bands or artistes and advertise the shows to bring in paying attendees—and profits. The music promoter works with an artiste or a band manager to plan an event. They agree to a date and look for an appropriate venue.
The promoter negotiates any fees for the artiste and then publicizes that event through radio, television, digital, or email advertising. The music promoter ensures the artistes have everything they need offstage and on, from hotel rooms to sound checks.
The promoter typically creates a contract outlining the terms of the agreement, including fees owed to the promoter, date and time of rehearsals, the length of the band's performance and any other demands.
A music promoter usually works in a regular office and may have an assistant or a team. Some opt to meet with clients off-site, at restaurants or other entertainment locations. Others do most of their work online or over the phone.
There isn't a formal education path required to become a music promoter. The most essential skills are a love of music and business savvy, so a degree in business or marketing can be very useful. The ability to negotiate effectively is essential, as you will need to bargain with artistes, venues, hotels and more.
Understanding different aspects of the business is important. Read music trade magazines to understand the latest developments and see how other events are put together. 
If possible, try to get an internship with an event management company. You can get experience planning and promoting major events, which can be invaluable, even if the events are not related to music.
Many people start out on their own offering their services for free or at a steep discount to local bands trying to make a name for themselves. They check out smaller bars, cafes, and fairs for venue options and research lower cost options for equipment or security. While you may not make any money for the first few events, these experiences can pave the way for larger and more lucrative opportunities going forward.
Many people enter the business without fully understanding the demands of the job, so turnover and job burnout is high. For those who stay in the business, it can be fiercely competitive. It can be difficult to get steady work within the industry, particularly for those just starting out,
If you have a strong knowledge of music, a passion for the industry, outstanding communication and negotiation skills and motivation, you may excel as a music promoter. It's a challenging and competitive career path, but it can be very rewarding work if you love what you do.

12. Musician/Artiste: Let’s not forget being a musician too. You can make lots of money from being a musician if you find a good record label to sign you and a very good manager.


13. Selling Equipment: Selling musical equipment can be both lucrative and satisfying. Whether you’re looking to sell music equipment you’ve outgrown or liquidate instruments that have been collecting dust in your home, you can allow someone else to enjoy them while also making some extra money. You’ll also free up space in your home or practice studio. There are a number of online venues in Nigeria to visit when deciding where to sell musical instruments and equipment, the pupolar ones are Jumia, Konga, Olist etc.

14. Dance Choreographer: Choreographers create dance patterns and movement sequences for dancers and other performers. You can choreograph stage, TV or film performances, music videos, and even fashion shows or corporate events. You may also act as a movement coach for artistes and as well act as their back up dancer.

15. Video Vixen:  These are the pretty girls you see in music videos. You don’t necessarily have to be a video vixen yourself. Just assemble a team of beautiful video vixens and start an agency service.

16. Music Therapy: Music therapy is an emerging niche in music industry that is gaining more popularity. Music therapists work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, mental health service locations, and nursing homes. They help a variety of different patients/clients with music. A music therapist evaluates each clients’ unique needs. They ascertain a client’s musical preferences and devises a treatment plan that is customized for the individual.


17. Sound Engineer: sound engineer is one of those great jobs for people interested in both technology and the arts. It requires a lot of technical expertise, but also requires a creative bent that helps musicians and performers realize their artistic intent.
If you have a sensitive, well-trained ear and enjoy messing around with electronics, becoming a sound engineer may be just the career for you.
 
Duties Of A Sound Engineer 
Alright, so what exactly does a sound engineer do? The typical visual is of someone in front of a huge soundboard with all its levers, dials and panels. That's part of it. In truth, the person sitting at the soundboard may be a sound engineer or an audio engineer. The roles are similar, but a sound engineer has more responsibility for the success of a project than does an audio engineer. In fact, spending time as an audio engineer may be a stepping stone to becoming a sound engineer. 
A sound engineer is responsible for the technical side of a recording or live performance. The sound engineer designs and manages sound levels and outputs, and is responsible for maintaining the physical sound equipment, like amps and microphones. 
When a sound engineer is working on a recording, the responsibility doesn't end with the act of recording the performance. The sound engineer is then responsible for editing, mixing and mastering the tracks so they present the best performance consistent with the artiste's vision. Everyone pretty much gets what "recording" is. Let's get more precise about these other phases: 
"Editing" a track is the process arranging what's been recorded. Recorded performances are rarely played once, full through. Instead, different movements and passages will be repeatedly performed. Editing is the process of selecting the best pieces and putting them together into one single, coherent performance. Indeed, not every performer may even be recorded at the same time. 
"Mixing" a track is the technical work of adjusting sound levels through the entire recording. So if the piano track overtakes the cello track in a recording of Schubert's Serenade, the sound engineer can fix that during the mixing stage. 

"Mastering" is the last step in of audio post-production. It's basically all the technical work that needs to be done to ready a recording for distribution. Most recordings include multiple songs and performances, and mastering the recording brings consistency of sonic levels and quality to them all. Mastering a recording eliminates this. Mastering a recording is also the stage where the sound engineer technically prepares the recording to be reproduced, manufactured and downloaded. The steps required vary based on how the publishers intend to distribute the recording. 

Most projects are large enough that there won't be just one person taking on all these roles. Yet someone must hold ultimate responsibility for the sound quality of the recording. That's the sound engineer, even as more junior sound engineers may be taking on specific roles or phases within the project. 
Now, this isn't to say that sound engineering is only needed for recordings. Sound engineers are also used in live performances, whether a public speech or orchestral performance. In these cases, the initial duties of a sound engineer remain the same – managing output levels, equipment maintenance and setup, and ensuring the highest quality of sound reaching the audience. 


18. Music Video Director: A music video director is the head of music video production. The director conceives of videos' artistic and dramatic aspects while instructing the musical act, technical crewactorsmodels, and dancersIf you have a passion for telling a visual story to music, then you can consider becoming a music video director but there's a lot of technical knowledge that goes into producing a video, so you should be prepared for some hard work. Even so, when you love what you do, even hard work is satisfying. To accomplish your dream of becoming a music video director, you'll have to master the basics, photography will introduce you to the basics of many important aspects of film making, like the different kinds of lenses, shot composition, lighting effects, and framing.


19. Music Blog:  Music listeners in Nigeria and all over the World are growing rapidly day by day in fact study shows that on average, people listen to music for about 18hours every week which makes it 'A Now Time' to start a music blog in Nigeria. I'm not insinuating that you should start a music blog because there are thousands of music platforms out there; you must be passionate about music and also be a creative writer.

There are many reasons why you should consider starting your music blog. In Nigeria, music blog such as Naijaloaded, Notjustok, Tooexclusive and amongst  have all provided a platform where most popular Nigerian songs are being uploaded daily for download and screaming. In return, they are all earning huge income from advertisements (song & event promotion), Google Adsense and some other advertising agencies as a result of tons of traffic that visit their music blog on a regular bases.

20. Entertainment Lawyer: Entertainment law is the collection of the many areas of law that impact the entertainment industry. Entertainment law is the sum total of several different types of law that are relevant to the entertainment industry including transactional law and litigation. Laws that impact the entertainment industry include federal and state laws, rules created by government agencies and common law legal precedent created by the courts. Entertainment law impacts not only the talent that performs in the entertainment industry but also the production aspects of creating entertainment content.

9.02.2020

How To Start A Record Label In Nigeria And Make Money - 6 Easy Steps

2.9.20 0
How To Start A Record Label In Nigeria And Make Money - 6 Easy Steps
If you want to make money in Nigerian entertainment industry, but you don’t have much in the way of musical talent, you can start your own independent record label. This is also an option for upcoming musicians who are having trouble getting signed with a major label deal.
Wizkid Burna Boy and Davido Music Record Label


Running (indie) record label in Nigeria is ecstatic, but it takes a whole lot of commitment and a ton of money. It is critical and important you go into the business with open eyes. If your objective or sole purpose of wanting to have a label is to release your music then follow me along, this article provides a basic overview on how to start your own record label in Nigeria.

Choose A Business Structure And Label Name

This is the time to figure out how the label will operate, such as who will be responsible for which tasks and how people will be paid. Do a little online research to make sure your name isn't already taken. 

Some skip this step but it will be a very good idea to set-up your record label as a legal business entity from the initial stage with corporate affairs commission (CAC). Basically, to register a record label with CAC it will cost you about N100,000 to N200,000 in Nigeria. There are a few general guidelines to keep in mind ; If you are starting the label with other partners, you will need a partnership agreement that details the percentage of ownership each partner has, how each partner can leave the business, how decisions will be made in the partnership, and so on. For most indie labels, the best business structure is one that is simple and that protects the partners from personal liability should something go wrong in the business.

Benefits Of Registering Your Record Label With Corporate Affairs Commission Of Nigeria (CAC)


  1. You can open a corporate account with your registered business certificate.
  2. Potential customers tends to feel more comfortable paying into a corporate account than a regular saving account bearing your name. And you can open a corporate account with any bank of your choice with a registered business.
  3. Registering your business gives your business a business structure.
  4. You can apply for bank loans and grants when your record label is registered.
  5. You have better access to investors with a registered business as investors look at your business structure first before investing.
  6. A registered business gives clients confidence that they are dealing with a reputable organization.
  7. With a registered business, you can easily obtain a visa and travel to any country for events, tours and for other purposes.

 Figuring Out Distribution

Music is moving from physical purchases to digital downloads and streaming, and Nigeria is definitely part of this, market for online music has been very positive. Aggregating services like Palmwine Media will put your music on sites like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal, YouTube, Deezer, Spinlet, Vevo, Boomplay, and 150+ other platforms. You can set up these services from the word go, so you don't have to wait around with good releases on your hand that you can't move at all.

Some physical distributors will work with anyone, these companies will actively get involved in selling your releases to the stores and will often help you advertise your releases. These sorts of companies usually want to know that you've got a busy release schedule planned—they don't like working with a label with one release.
Distributors deals in which they pay for manufacturing up front and recoup it from sales. It helps with your cash flow in the short term, but these deals are becoming more of a rarity.

 Artwork Approval

Be ready for delays, which happen often. Also be aware that, at least in your first few jobs with a manufacturer, you will have to sign off on the printing before the job is complete.

Your distributor will prefer a good lead time to sell your release to their stores. They will also want your release to have an appropriate place on their schedule so that your release is not overshadowed by bigger releases they may have. Even though shuffling your release date to accommodate a bigger release might be a bit annoying, it is in your best interest to have your distributor focused on your project.

 Figuring Out Promotion

Radio; terrestrial radio, satellite radio, internet radio, Printmedia, Onlinemedia,
Clubs Advertising: posters, print adsinternet ads, and even TV ads, If you have never done promotion work before, you will need to do some groundwork, like building up a press database.
Hire PR for certain parts of your campaign.

First Release Redux: Ride The Learning Curve

It has been said before, but it bears repeating that running a record label is a learning process. When you commit to starting a label, commit to riding out its ups and downs. Sometimes things are going to go wrong, even if you do everything right. 
When you start a record label, finding music to release and finding a low budget distribution channels is a bit of a chicken and egg situation. Distributors want to know that you have some music ready to go before they will commit to working with you (in most cases), but musicians will want to know that you have distribution before they sign to your label and sometimes, unsigned musicians will be willing to come on board before you source for distribution. 
Don't chase trends. Focus on releasing and promoting quality music, nurturing your fan base, and being good to your artistes. Things tend to fall into place when you focus on the basics.
Finding music to release can be harder than it sounds; it's a bit like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. One of the easiest things you can do is to start locally. Go check out some local musicians (there are tons of them on the social media who are looking for some who will help polish their raw singing talents) and see if you can find a few artistes you'd like to work with. 
Chances are, even with the best intentions and carefully made plans, you will have made a mistake with your first release. That's fine, after your first release, take some time to evaluate the whole process and decide what went cool and what needs improvement. Apply your lessons to your next release. Move on. As long as you're learning from each release, you're doing just fine.

Record Label (Indie) Contracts: Framework And Artiste Deals

Davido record label signs new artiste

This is the core aspect of most record labels, you will need to set up a deal with the artistes and this deal (contracts) can either make you or break you. One of the best thing about indie labels is that you can essentially have any kind of deal you want.  
Be honest with your artistes about what you can provide and what you can't. If a problem crops up, be honest with them about that too; basically there is no record label without artistes or bands. Bad reputations in the industry are almost always derived from dishonesty.
Most record labels don't make their contracts flexible enough to accommodate the growth of their artistes, do not let this be your case, in-fact consider going into partnership with them to build a larger entity which could give a 'bigger pie' to share at the end of the day. It makes life a lot more easier when you create an equilibrium deal that works for you and the artist on a case-by-case basis.

How Does A Record Label Make Money?

  1. Sales & Streaming: Artistes and record labels earns from direct sales and online streaming.
  2. Publishing & Licencing: Music publishing and licensing is an increasingly important revenue stream for independent labels and artistes. Publishing refers to the ownership of songs and compositions, while licensing makes your music available for sync deals with visual media, including adverts, games, TV shows and movies but you need to register with the appropriate governing bodies.
  3. Performance Royalties: You collect performance royalties when your song is played on the radio or live at a show.
  4. Merchandising &Ticket Sales: Artistes and labels can always earn some extra cash at live events and online by selling tickets and music merch such as  T-shirts, Hoodies, Posters, CDs etc.

Conclusion

Most record labels don't make money, but if you run it properly, your label could be of great assistance to an artiste. If that artiste does well, then your label will make a portion of everything the artiste makes and that's the reason why you need to consider a partnership agreement between your artistes, trust me its going be a long lasting relationship for you both.
Do you have any questions or advice for other record label owners? Or any stories to share on making money as an indie label? Let us know in the comments section below.


7.18.2020

Top 100 Music Recording Studios In Lagos, Find Out Which Is Near You!

18.7.20 0
Top 100 Music Recording Studios In Lagos, Find Out Which Is Near You!

When you think “music in Nigeria", city like Lagos likely comes to your mind as the home for entertainment, but yes! That's a fact. Lagos State is not called the center of excellence for anything.

There’s always lots going on in the city of Lagos, whether it’s models, actors, screenwriters or even musicians looking for their big breakthroughs.


What does it take to become a musician in Nigeria? This is one question often asked by many upcoming artistes wanting to 'blow' in Nigeria music industry. Well, I'll be frank to tell you that having  a great voice, musical skills is not enough to start a career in music in Nigeria, it goes far beyond that. To make money as a musician in Nigeria, note that your great voice needs to be recorded, played and heard by the right audience

I recommend that you read 7 things Record Label Will Look For Before Signing You.

And, as you can imagine, there isn’t a shortage of recording studios in Lagos either. As an upcoming musicians or upcoming artistes in Nigeria, there’s always need for Professional recording studio facility for your tracks/songs.

So, whether you live in Lagos or you’re thinking about recording your tracks in Lagos, here are business addresses and phone numbers of 100 music recording studios in Lagos-Nigeria.



1. Harmonix Music 

Address: 4 Kadiri Street off Ajayi Road, Ogba, Ifako Ijaiye, 100218, Lagos 
Phone Number: +234909 997 7112

2. FreakSonar Music Recording Studio 

Address: No 1 Olufowobi Street, Off Aborishade St, Lawanson 100254, Lagos
Phone Number : +2348084281634

3. Real money Entertainment/Music Recording Studios

Address: 96 mafoluku road ayoni bus stop oshodi Oshodi isolo Oshodi, 100222, Lagos

Phone Number: +2347067375485 

4. Flash Records Studio

Address: 4 Idowu Olaitan St, Gbagada, Lagos
Phone Number: +234805 401 5264 

 5. H-One Entertainment

Address: 33 Akerele St, Surulere, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348092818632

6. A Naija Oxygen Studio

Address: 9,Hassan Lateef Street Off AIT road Akeja Alagbado Alimosho, Alagbado 100275, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348028270257

7. DreamOut Recording Studios

Address: 41, Ikosi Road, Ikosi Lagos Besides Ikosi Shopping Hall Kosofe, Ikosi 300001, Lagos
Phone Number: +2349080430678

8. Mantled Music Studio

Address: 32, Olufemi Road, off Ogunlana Dr, Surulere, Lagos
Phone Number: +2347035809396

9. Groovy Tones Music Studio

Address: Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348023670622

10. Affordable Music Recording Studio

Address: 96 mafoluku road ayoni bus stop oshodi lagos Nigeria Isolo, 100222, Lagos
Phone Number: +2347067375485

11. Many Colors Music Studio

Address: Block 3, Ikoyi Dolphin Estate, Alimosho Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348022130110

12. Nalee Recording Studio

Address: 2nd Floor, Philip Plaza, Oju Elegba Rd, Yaba, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348096471182

13. Kelt Music Nation (KMN Studio)

Address: Isashi, No 6 Joe Woye Street Alasia ijanikin lagos No 15 Admiral way, 32 Adegbola Street, Alakuko 300001, Lagos
Phone Number: +2347038566808

14. 16-Octave Music Studio

Address: 69 Command Rd, Ipaja, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348036975229

15. Koga Studios

Address: Bolaji Close, 2 Kudirat Abiola Way, Ikeja
Phone Number: 01 628 5289

16. Abel Studio

Address: No1, sura mogaji, ilupeju, 100001, Lagos
Phone Number: +2349082602168

17. ACI Entertainment

Address: 3 Kayode Otitoju St, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Phone Number: +2349081222206

18. Ultima Studios

Address: Amore Street, off Freedom Way, behind This Present House, Lekki
Phone Number: +234906 871 7690

19. Croujet Music Studio

Address: Abiodun Bus Stop, Somolu, 47 Market St, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348025358927

20. Guru Music Studio

Address: Plot 1673 Oyin Jolayemi St, Victoria Island 105101, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348032926557

21. Dunaz recording studio

Address: 77/79 Oshodi Rd, Oshodi, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348133370428

22. Jabulani Music Studios

Address: 9 Gbangbala Street Ekate Elegushi, Ibeju 105102, Lekki
Phone Number: +2347030413417

23. Gospel Recording Studio

Address: Oja Oba Market, ShopB10, Ketu 300001, Lagos
Phone Number: +2349036826775

24. Mavin Records

Address: 285A Ajose Adeogun St, Victoria Island, Lagos

25. Music Mix Studio Ent&Gears Ltd

Address: Lagos NG, 11 Abeokuta St, Ogba 100001, Ikeja
Phone Number: +2348028308572

26. AAB Audio Recording Studio

Address: Olowora, Ojodu Berger
Phone Number: +234903 682 6775

27. Chrismoney Music

Address: 6 Sanjay plaza Grammer school bus stop Ojodu, Lagos
Phone Number: +234803 631 7848

28. Kennis Music

Address: 119 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja
Phone Number: +234806 534 8878

29. GH Studio&sound

Address: 55 Adediran Ajao Cres, Anthony Village, Lagos
Phone Number: +234909 476 4715

30. Visus Sonic Arts

Address: 31 Mobolaji Johnson Ave, Oregun, Ikeja
Phone Number: +234803 596 5422

31. Àratune Studios

Address: 3 Sunmola Abayomi St, Mafoluku Oshodi, Lagos
Phone Number: +234703 392 0277

32. Phat Wall Studios

Address: Aviation Estate, No 12 Ade - Idowu St, mafoluku 100261, Lagos
Phone Number: +234802 641 8404

33.Hitlab Studio

Address: 43 Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun 100001, Ikeja
Phone Number: +234816 132 9911

34. Zahara Studios

Address: Block 10, Games Village,, Bishop Howells St, Lagos
Phone Number: +234703 609 5396

35. Saxtee Series Studios

Address: Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Lagos
Phone Number: +234802 312 6810

36. Sound Surgery Studioz

Address: 8 Shoneye St, Mafoluku Oshodi, Lagos
Phone Number: +234708 880 3590

37.King Recordz Studio

Address:  Shop No. 30, Abraham Adesanya Shopping Complex, Onipanu, Shomolu, Shipeolu St, Lagos
Phone Number: +234803 226 8438

38. EbonyLifeTV

Address: 6 Ilupeju Industrial Ave, Ilupeju, Lagos
Phone Number: +234807 648 2992

39. Reflex Studio and Music School

Address: 16 Alhaji Maliki Street, Ijegun 100276, Lagos
Phone Number:  +234805 745 5616

40. Masterpiece Sound Recording Studio

Address: 77/79 mafoluku road Ayoni bus stop Oshodi Lagos, Nigeria Isolo, 100222, Oshodi
Phone Number: +234806 651 2460

41. Subzheero Mix & Mastering

Address: No 1 Oluwole Agodo Hostel, Egbe Rd, Ikotun, Lagos
Phone Number:  +234703 527 4603

42. StudioX

Address: 7 Nna Emeka Close, Bajulaiye Compound, near Akoka 100001, Lagos
Phone Number: +234814 206 9241

43. DB Productions

Address:  No. 15 Shasha Rd, Alimosho 100001, Lagos
Phone Number: +234816 001 9288

44. Jabulani Music Studios

Address: 9 Gbangbala Street Ekate Elegushi, Ibeju 105102, Lekki
Phone Number:  +234703 041 3417

45. Noclouds Studio

Address:  Zansi Cl, Onike, Lagos
Phone Number: +234803 249 9685

46. Hitz Doctor Entertainment Studio

Address: No 57 oyerokun street yaba lagos
Phone Number: +234816 805 4108

47. Decca Music Studio Lagoa 

Address: Lawani St, University Rd, Onike, Lagos
Phone Number: +234802 885 1000

48. T-Fretque Productions Limited 

Address: Ojo, Lagos
Phone Number: +234803 371 8498

49. Great Life Entertainment Multimedia & Music Recording Studio

Address: 36, Olakunle Selesi Cresent, Off Asa-Afariogun St, Ajao Estate 100263, Lagos
Phone Number: +234813 849 7067

50. Lengend Cee Musical Studio

Address: Jakande Estate, 10 Lemon St, Ejigbo 232116, Lagos
Phone Number: +234816 535 7839

51. Young Buddies Entertainment

Address:  9 Dele Faniran Street, off Pipeline Road, Oke Odo, Alimosho Local Government, Alimosho 023401, Lagos
Phone Number: +234816 785 3015

52. Autumn strings

Address:  41 Community Rd, Akoka, Lagos
Phone Number: +234806 314 5024

53. Honeydrops Studios

Address:  Magbon Rd, Lagos
Phone Number:+234809 440 1248

54. CFN Recording Studio

Address:12 Alagbigba St, Papa Ashafa, Lagos 
Phone Number:+234809 402 6393

55. Taye Olusola (Twins Affair Recording Studio)

Address: Suite 67, Block B28, Greenlands Shopping Plaza, Iju Road, Pen Cinema, Agege, 300001, Ikeja
Phone Number: +234802 401 9195

56. Quest Entertainment

Address:14 Ogunbekun St, Somolu, Lagos 
Phone Number:+234802 344 5596

57. Rushing Tap

Address: 12 Olufemi Ogunsola St, Ogba 100001, Lagos
Phone Number:+234818 177 7726

58.Golden Stars Media Limited 

Address: [email protected], 7 Hassan Street, Lagos
Phone Number:+234803 939 8801

59. Saint Entertainment

Address: 1 / 3 Unity Cl, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos
Phone Number:+234813 884 2478

60. Joesariches Limited

Address:  Opposite Living Spring School, Transformer B/S, Ilasa, 13 Bello St, Lagos
Phone Number: +234805 641 4004

61. Wonder Fingers

Address: 1 Arochukwu Street, Isolo, Lagos
Phone Number:+234813 722 2700

62. Adolan Productions 

Address: No. 4, Folarin, Williams Street, Ikola - Command, Ipaja, Folarin St, Akowonjo 100006, Lagos
Phone Number: +234802 732 4609

63. Ok Studio

Address: Iju Rd, Ifako Agege, Lagos
Phone Number:+234806 657 5049

64. Trila Records

Address: Lawson St, Lagos Island, Lagos
Phone Number: +234816 344 9321

65. Gbolly Sound Studio


Address:  Isheri, 377 Isheri Round About, Lagos
Phone Number: +234802 582 2770

66. De - Rasqy Musik Studio

Address:  Agege, 65 Iju Rd, Lagos
Phone Number: +234813 492 6128

67. Adeboun Studio

Address:  Ikorodu Garage, 1 Somolade Street, Ikorodu
Phone Number: +234802 132 1634

68. His Grace Studio

Address: University Rd, Onike, Lagos
Phone Number: +234802 937 8907

69. Kaysam Recording Studio

Address: Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos
Phone Number:+234813 847 5909

70. Aniks Recordings Studio

Address: Odunbo St, Ikorodu
Phone Number: +234803 357 7102

71. Senior Boyz Studio

Address:  Agege, AP Petrol Station, 34 Old Abeokuta Rd, Lagos
Phone Number: +234708 200 4743

72. Contact His Grace Studio

Address: University Rd, Onike, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348029378907

73. Green Fox Entertainments

Address: Agege, Pen - Cinema, 154 Iju Rd, Lagos
Phone Number: +2347065471237


74. Lakesight Studio

Address: Off Benson B/Stop, Ikorudu, Muniratu Alaje St, Ikorodu
Phone Number: +2348184359935

75. Lisma Productions

Address: Miccom Bus Stop, Egbeda, 66 Akowonjo Rd, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348023149170

76. M. K. P Tunes

Address: 23 Ago Palace Way, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos
Phone Number:  +2348061445845

77. Hosvic Ltd

Address: 13 Bello St, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348033188476

78. Mikky Sounds Factory

Address: 26, Majekodunmi Street, Irepo estate,, Ikotun Rd, Lagos
Phone Number: +2347038546572

79. Fountain Studio

Address: 36 Shobowale St, Agege, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348028693081

80. Isdamas Films & Record Int'L Limited

Address: Branch 65,adeniran ogunsanya,surulere,lagos, 300001, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348033198667

81. K - Cee Studio

Address: 15 Mustapha St, Isolo, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348163435863

82. Adedas Media Concept

Address: Tabon Tabon, 27 Orile Rd, Agege, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348028560319

83. John Hiinneyz Kreations

Address: 1 Sam Okaula Avenue, Irawo,, Ikorodu
Phone Number: +2348039243792

84. Jejelaye Sound Studio

Address: Ilasa, 13 Salako St, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348023859248

85. Music Mix Studio Ent&Gears Ltd

Address: Lagos NG, 11 Abeokuta St, Ogba 100001, Ikeja
Phone Number: +2348028308572

86. Music Mix Studio

Address: Off Abeokuta Express Way, Iyana Ipaja, Alimosho, Bakare Jafojo St, Lagos
Phone Number:  +2348023737067

87. J-World ntertainment

Address: Lekki County Homes, G11 megamound estate, Eti-Osa, Lekki
Phone Number: +234806 315 4192

88. MJ beat & Mix music studio

Address: Ikorodu, Ijede
Phone Number: +2349023121445

89. Tee-Y Mix Productions

Address: 4 Kujore St, Ojota 100242, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348037877639

90. Da Salam Recording Studio

Address: Oshodi, Adeyemi St, Lagos
Phone Number: +2347056325632

91. Dj Austino Megapoint Studio

Address: Off Alhaji Lawal Street, Ketu, 5 Adamson St, Demurin, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348165982828

92. D J Aketz Music Paradise

Address: Off Peru Akessan, 11 Shotunde St, Alimosho, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348033672091

93. Bash studios

Address: No 15,oriola alapere road,keth, 300001, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348161503741

94. Kay Bell Recording Studio

Address: Off Railway, Fagba, 19 Odetunde St, Railway Line, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348081634903

95. Quest Recording Studio

Address:51,Adisa coker street off obawole ndike ifako ijaiye, ogba 300001, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348104872282

96. Black Palace Music

Address: 23 Ajayi Rd, Off Yaya Abatan Rd, Ojodu
Phone Number: +2347061122548

97. Amazing Entertainment

Address: Ogba, Thomas Salako St, Ikeja
Phone Number: +2348033619634

98. David' Strings Rehearsal Studio

Address: Ipaja, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348029554640

99. Angel Studio

Address: 374,Abeokuta Expressway beside Zenith bank,Abule-Egba Lagos, Abule Egba 300001, Lagos
Phone Number:  +2348149114678

100. Alade Recording Centre

Address: Isolo, Ilasa, Ifelodun St, Lagos
Phone Number: +2348123147123