I’d like to hear from people who have successfully found other artists to release a Split EP or collaborative album with.
Coming from a hardcore punk background and underground/DIY music in general, I really like the idea of splits. It encourages the formation of musical connections, networking, requires a bunch of meta-level creative considerations that are separate from the music itself, leads to wider audiences for both artists (in theory), and is an interesting challenge for a mastering engineer.
There seem to me to be three main ways to get this to happen:
- Directly approaching artists you think are suitable, via their bandcamp or whatever
- Asking the label of various similar artists whether they would consider it, and giving them some discretion around who to pair you with
- Asking personal contacts who are mixing/production/mastering engineers if they know of someone suitable
Are there any other, better ways? What has worked for you?