Hello good sir, I was hoping you could shed some light on how my band might be able to take things to the next level. We are a progressive rock band out of Norcal who has had a great deal of local success, playing with many touring acts coming through our area (Tantric, Adema, Burn Halo, Sick Puppies etc.). But we are now very much setting our sights on things like: finding producers, recording studios, the right contacts etc. to help get us out onto the national and eventually international scene. Basically how to make the transition from successful regional band to larger, financially stable touring act. In today's age, are record companies still relevant compared to a more DIY approach? It seems like we are in need of a record label, producer, manager etc. that has more of an artistic based approach than "how many units can we sell at best buy this year". But not really sure how to go about making these contacts and getting to the next step. Can you tell me how you were able to do this for your own projects and perhaps give some specific advice to our situation in the current state of the market and industry as a whole? Thank you so much in advance for a response. P.S. how can I get Les Claypool's Carl Thompson tone for less than $200?