what do you say to the bands who are like you (popualrity wise) that want to sign with a major record label
It's not really for us to decide what's best for other bands, we can only decide that for ourselves. People just need to be careful and not jump out at every offer that comes their way. Bands don't need a record label to be successful, just like authors don't need a publisher or business owners to be owned by a major corporation. We can find our own way.