It is not a new incidence for music artistes to float their own labels. Several Nigerian music stars have successfully launched their record label shortly after departing from the company that groomed them.
Some of the Nigerian music artistes that created their own record label after leaving their previous label include Wizkid, D’Banj, Harrysong, Davido, Wande Coal, and Ice Prince Zamani just to mention a few.
Bolanle crooner, Zlatan Ibile was previously signed to Alleluia Boys Entertainment but has now left the outfit to set up his own record label. Zlatan had a memorable year as he churned out club bangers and collaborated with other music artistes like Burna Boy, Davido, Chinko Ekun, and Naira Marley to produce hit songs.
On January 1st, 2020, Zlatan announced the establishment of his entertainment company and record label, ‘Zanku Records’. Zlatan’s move to create his own music group was done shortly after Naira Marley launched his own record label, Marlian Music.
Initially, he didn’t unveil any signing except for his pet, “Astalavi The Dog”. On Zlatan’s 25th birthday (dated February 11, 2020), the artiste subtly hinted that his label has 7 artistes along with his music manager, music producer, PR consultant, and video director.
However, we can authoritatively confirm that Zanku Records has four artistes namely, Papisnoop, JamoPyper, Oberz and Zlatan himself.
Despite having four artistes, the Zanku Records seems to be on the lookout for more music artistes to sign. In this post, you will learn how to join Zanku Records.
READ MORE: How To Get Signed To Marlian Music
Step-by-Step Process On How To Get Signed To Zanku Records
Here is with what you need to know and do to get signed to Zanku Records.
1. Make Good Songs
The secret to making it to the limelight as a musician is by crafting good songs. Most musicians claim to be highly talented in making songs, but their songs are wack and unsuitable for public consumption.
To make a hit song in Nigeria, you must get a catchy phrase as the song title, get a good sound engineer or music producer to make the song.
The song must be properly mixed and mastered after you must have done your recording. You should not be complacent in making one song, make more songs and collaborate with other music artistes. Doing this will immensely grow your music career.
2. Promote Your Songs
After making a good song, many artistes kill the song by keeping it in their phones, playing it on their sound system or sharing to their friends only. Promoting your songs help you win more fans, it also gives you connections to record label executives, managers and personalities in the music industry.
Without a doubt, music promotion is expensive. Many artistes do not have the funds to promote their songs on radio stations, television stations, online websites and digital music platforms.
If you lack funds to promote your music, you can consider selling your music on digital music platforms like iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, Spotify, Spinlet, Apple Music, Shazam etc. Some entertainment and news websites may charge you some fee to upload and promote your music on their website.
If you have a reasonable budget, you can consider hiring a PR agency or consultant to help you promote your music. Thanks to social media, any music artiste can freely promote their songs online. Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok and Twitter are helpful for online promotion. Moreover, you can also consider creating a YouTube channel to upload your music videos.
3. Feature Any Zanku Records Artiste You Know
You can get the attention of Zlatan if you feature or collaborate with any of the artistes in Zanku Records. Supposing you want to make an Afropop single, you can collaborate with Oberz or JamoPyper. If you are conversant with the aforementioned artistes, you can talk to them to recommend you to their CEO to sign.
You may not get signed immediately, but eventually, you will get signed if Zlatan likes your sound or if there’s an available slot in the label for you to fit in.
4. Contact Zlatan Ibile
Lastly, another thing that you should do to join Zanku records is to contact Zlatan, the owner of the label. Most artistes contact Zlatan through his social media handles by sending a tweet or Direct Message (DM).
Certainly, Zlatan Ibile receives lots of messages from his fans & followers, and he may not read yours. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t deter your aspirations, keep trying till you get his attention.
Contacting Zlatan will be a challenge for people who do not have his direct phone number or email. However, anyone can reach out to Zlatan by first contacting his management or the artistes on his roster.
Contact Zlatan’s manager by mail or telephone, talk your way into telling him on how talented you are and why you want to be on Zanku Records. You must understand that Zanku records receive lots of messages from upcoming music artistes who want to join the label.
Therefore, try to make an impression by sending your demo or songs for listening. If you are considered, they may invite you to their studio to sign a recording contract or make music together.
Getting signed to Zanku Records will be a dream to many music artistes, however, not every musician will get signed to Zanku Records. One of the major benefits of becoming a member of Zanku Records is that you get a recording contract, an official car and an apartment.
You also get featured in Zlatan songs and videos as well as shoot top-notch music video production for your songs. Also, the celebrity status of Zlatan can help your career by helping you collaborate with A-List music stars. For instance, JamoPyper has a new song with DMW artiste, Mayorkun and the song is doing well on the music charts.
Do you believe in your dreams? Do you want to get signed to Zanku records? Without a doubt, implementing the tips in this post can help you secure a record deal with Zanku records. Congratulations in advance. If you found this helpful, leave a comment and share this post.