Going indie

Instead of signing with a major label, singer/songwriter Ben Taylor - son of James Taylor and Carly Simon - started his own. Meet (and hear) some of Iris Records' indie acts.

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David Saw
This cheeky British-born singer and songwriter joined best friend Ben Taylor at Iris two years ago. After hearing from friends at major labels that they weren't given artistic freedom with their music, Saw decided he wanted to be with an indie label.

"I wanted to sign with Iris because they'd let me make the record I wanted to make," he says.

Iris Records co-founder Larry Ciancia says Iris' typical financial arrangement is to pay for the album production costs and all marketing for its musicians. Once those expenses are recouped, net profits are split 50/50.

"We like to set our deal structures up so that the label and artist are always on the same team," Ciancia says. "If the label is seeing money, then so is the artist."

Listen to:
"Don't Call" (from Broken Down Figure)


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