Hey fellow Tbers! I recently (as in two days ago) auditioned and landed a gig playing bass in a backing band for a local singer/songwriter. The genre is blues/rock (think Edgar Winter) and I really dig the sound. Check the link in my sig for some songs (obviously I'm not on them, there may not even be bass tracks...I'm not sure). Anyways, I really dig the music and I'm especially excited because it is (a) my first "pro" paying gig, and because (b) it is a departure from my other gig in an Indie Rock band (yeah, we're gonna be famous , again, check the sig! ) and sates a lot of things that are musically lacking from my current project (I.E. some musical elements, styles or sounds that are not necessarily right for the style of music we play). Alright, point...yes there is one ...at the audition I talked with the singer and his manager and he is of course wanting to move forward strongly and attract label support. Here is my problem. Throughout the past few years playing and touring in my indie band, we (I) have developed a strong DIY-or-die attitude and basically try and do as much as we possibly can ourselves. We print our own merchandise, book our own shows, and handle all of the business end of things (with varying degrees of success, of course, but we are getting better all the time). During this time I have come to the conclusion that in this day and age a label isn't necessarily paramount in terms of becoming a successful musician (not that all that sweet financial backing doesn't count for something ). If and when the singer of this band attracts label attention and wants to move forward (and hopefully bring me along for the ride), how should I approach the contracting and business end? One of my biggest fears in the whole "record label owns your soul" side of things is that in many cases, artists lose their creative control and usually the rights to their music. In my current position within this backing band scenario, I don't really have much creative input anyways and they have made it clear from the get-go that the singer is the principal songwriter. That is fine by me, I'm just there to make it groove . So my main question is, what should I be prepared for in the event that the singer wants to sign with a label? Does that mean that I have to sign a contract as well? I would assume so, but how would that affect my ability to create music myself and for other projects that I would invariably be apart of? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!