What do you think gets a band well known and noticed? Do you think it has entirely to do with being signed to a bigger label?
For example, I'm trying to convince my drummer than we don't have to be signed to a label other than one we make up (mainly because labels can take your rights to your music and fuck you moneywise) over trying to get signed to some bigger labels.
What bigger labels can do for you are mainly promotion, printing (making CDs), and distributing. We've found a site that can take care of the printing part and just give us the royalties from each CD, and we can promote and distribute on our own.
All a band needs is a good sound and promotion along the way, right?
What do you think?