A very interesting saga|
Interesting interview. (As usual).
Roswell is primarily involved with music in film. His “day job”
Selecting music, securing rights negotiating deals , soundtrack records etc.
He would be working for the Director and producers of the film.
Aside from movie soundtrack recordings, he is really not in the record business, he is in the movie business.
Roswell was only involved because of the movie.
The interesting part of this and how he became a bit more involved with the Corrs and appears to be a deal with a major publishing company…Polygram. I believe he noted he himself had a deal with Polygram to sign artists to publishing deals. This is the writing business. Music publishing. Song writers sign publishing deals whereby the publishing company advances the writers funds to support themselves in return for future writing credits….the publishers will work to sell the writer’s songs to artists, record companies etc. Money can be advanced to create demos.
Publishing is far more than sheet music. Publishing is an important revenue stream. One hit song can keep those credited with writing it in a nice lifestyle for life! Music publishers also copyright songs and ensure residuals and usage fees are collected and distributed per contracts.
A publishing deal for the Corrs was a big step IMOP. It ensured they would have their material copyrighted or protected and whatever happened to those demos…ie they got a record deal, another artist recorded their music etc, they would be compensated.
Developmental deals can be done with a number of entities. Publishers, record companies, management, patreon (today), investors etc and basically are an advance of funds to keep a song writer, artist, band afloat to focus on the creative side and make music their full time job.
I am not sure “mentor” works.for what Roswell was doing. He got them a publishing deal as far as I can tell and provided some advice. With everything he had to do with the Commitments I am not sure how much time he could put in with the Corrs. The Corrs had competent management, John Hughes, a competent producer for their demos in Jim.
Their publishing deal may have helped pay for the demos. once the Corrs were signed to a record company warner Atlantic (Lava/143) took over. Arranging the production and making of their records.
The Corrs had benefit of the very top recording producer plus Jim, engineers, mixers and an amazing mastering engineer. The sound of that record is testament to this.
It can get confusing because a record company can perform many of the same functions as a publishing company. Record companies basically sign groups/artists based on demos plus live showcases etc. Back in the Corrs’ days recording a record was very expensive. Record companies advance the artists money to cover recording (often with extra funds to live on while recording). This advance money is recouped from residuals from record sales. The record companies advertise, promote sales and provide money for tour support as well as distribute the records.
The reference you picked up on was, IMOP Talk on Corners.
Talk about questions!
I’d love to see an in depth look into that one.
Talk about development money…John Hughes had to put up his own money (a million?) to get the record released and save the Corrs record deal.
Loved your questions. Made me think ….though I got a headache lol
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