It is so amazing to see how so many record labels are being established in Nigeria because it will really help to increase the chances of upcoming artists getting a record deal that will really take their musical career to the next level.
If you observe very well, you will discover that in Nigeria nearly every artist that blows in one way or another are seeming to start their own record labels, and once they are able to do so, they will sign other upcoming artists into it.
One of such record label we are talking about in Nigeria is Zanku records, and in this article we are going to take a look at how an upcoming artists can get signed to Zanku records. But before we do so, let us take a look at a brief history of Zanku records.
Brief history of Zanku records.
Zanku records is owned by a Nigerian rapper and singer who was born Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael and is musically known as Zlatan Ibile.
Zanku records was launched in 2020 by Zlatan when he took to his verified Instagram page to make the prononcement about the launch. Althoiugh he did not unveil any artists signed to the record label on that day, he however mentioned Papisnoop, Oberz and Jamopyper, as the three artists who were signed to Zanku records when he announced the official signing of a Videographer/Cinematographer named Visionary Pictures, his Manager ‘Manager Jiggy’, his Music Producer Rexxie and a PR Consultant ‘Biesloaded’.
Where is Zanku records located?
Zanku records is located at No 7, Gbangbala Street, in Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria.
How to get signed to Zanku records.
If you want to get signed to Zanku records, make sure you adopt the style (genre) of music Zlatan and other artists under Zanku records are making. Even if you don’t have the money to record your own original track, you can start by doing cover songs, viral or freestyle videos and post them on social platforms where you can tag and mention Zlatan and the rest of the Zanku records artists.
Below are the specific steps you can take if you really want to get signed to Zanku records:
- Make sure you are musically talented.
- Adopt the style of music Zlatan and other Zanku artists are making.
- Record and promote your songs.
- Make cover songs, viral and freestyle videos.
- Submit your demo to Zanku records.
- Try to contact Zlatan and other Zanku records artists.
- Never relent nor give up your effort.
1. Make sure you are musically talented.
Talent plays a very important role if anyone wants to sign a record deal in any record label nevertheless Zanku records.
I always like to advice upcoming artists to record themselves singing, even with their phones and play it to family members and close friends to ask their honest opinion whether they can sing or not.
As a matter of fact, when you read the life history of so many artists across the world, you will realize that they were one time choristers or even choir masters. And for that reason, if you want to become a successful musician, ensure you get started with your musical talent by joining a choir in your church.
2. Adopt the style of music Zlatan and other Zanku artists are making.
One thing you are going to observe in Nigeria is that every record label has a style which we usually refer to as genre of music all the artists there seems to be making.
So if getting signed to Zanku records is your dream and target, ensure you study the style of music that all the artists there are making and perfectly adopt it.
3. Record and promote your songs.
Once you are able to adopt the style of music Zanku record artists are making, the next step is to enter the studio and record your own song.
Once you are done with your recording, you can start to promote it in the hope that Zlatan and other Zanku record artists notices it and start searching for you to join them.
4. Make cover songs, viral and freestyle videos.
In case you don’t have money to enter the studio and record your song, you can start by making cover songs, viral and freestyle videos and after doing so upload them on your social media accounts and start and mention Zlatan and other Zanku record artists.
5. Submit your demo to Zanku records.
Demo is the traditional way of making the song you want to submit to a record label as an upcoming artist.
To record a demo in this digital age, you can download a music recording app like Bandlap and use an instrumental or free beat that matches the song you composed to make your demo.
After making the demo, you can physically visit the Zanku record headquarters via the address I gave above to sunbmit your demo to the record label.
6. Try to contact Zlatan and other Zanku records artists.
Another way you can try your luck on getting signed to Zanku records is to find a way of contacting Zlatanb and other Zanku record artists.
We are living in a digital age and these days using social media DMs is one of the ways of trying to contact a big artist like Zlatan. But considering the fact that he might be too busy to reply DMs, you should then keep on sending the DMs until it catches his attention.
You can also try to reach out to his management team via the email email@example.com and act on their response after that.
7. Never relent nor give up your effort.
The fact that you have tried reaching Zanku records for three years does not mean you should relent your effort or give up entirely.
Remember room was not built in a day, and no successful artist will ever tell you they made it at first trial. So therefore, try and catch every motivation you need to keep on keeping on until you become successful.