You expect demos to be of varying quality. Whenever I sit down to sift through the countless submissions we receive, I am prepared for the good, the bad and the hideously ugly. It’s part of the job and it doesn’t bother me. It’s worth wading through these to find a real gem.
What can become frustrating is the way people submit music. So I’ve drawn up a list of do’s and don’ts to help if you’re planning to submit demos:
– Don’t send every song you’ve ever written.
Often, I will receive emails with links to a bazillion tracks or a zip file full of music. This will work against you. Firstly, the artists that do this tend to be terrible so I am already prejudiced against you. Secondly, I am still only going to listen to a few tracks and I will pick them at random. If these happen to be your worst songs, then that’s your hard luck.
– Do send a link to your best three songs.
Three songs are enough to give me an idea of what you’re about. If I like these, I will get in touch and ask to hear more.
– Don’t send files.
Every A&R is swimming in mp3’s. A Soundcloud or Bandcamp link is easy and avoids the possibility of downloading a virus. If we like it, we can request files at a later stage. Also, despite my love for physical product, best to avoid sending cd’s also.
– Do include a very short blurb – a few lines about yourself and/or your music.
We don’t need a bio at this stage or your life story – we can get that if we’re interested.
– Don’t hassle us.
Sometimes people write back a day or two after they send the initial email to see if we’ve listened to it. We won’t have – we get lots of demos! Wait a few weeks and then follow up with us.
– Do read back over your email before you send it.
You’d be amazed the amount of times we receive emails where other company names/people’s names are left in the email. If you’re going to include a name or a company, make sure you have it right. Also, check your spelling and grammar – a really badly written email can be a turn-off.
– Don’t be sycophantic.
An overly-flattering email from a stranger makes me immediately suspicious and, straight away, I’m less trusting of you. Not a good start to a working relationship.
These aren’t difficult steps to follow and could be the difference between an A&R checking out your music and falling in love with it and not bothering to listen to it. I look forward to receiving your perfect submissions!!
20 January 2016 Shane Galvin Blog a&r department record label, best music blogs, best music business blogs, how to contact a&r reps, how to find a&r reps, how to get a music publishing deal, how to get a music publishing deal 2016, how to get a publishing deal, how to get a publishing deal songwriter, how to get a publishing deal with big house publishing, how to get a publishing deal with sony, how to get a publishing deal with universal, how to get a record deal, how to get a record deal fast, how to get a record deal with, how to get a record deal with capitol records, how to get a record deal with hollywood records, how to get a record deal with interscope, how to get a song publishing deal, how to get my music heard by record labels, how to get noticed by a&r, how to get your music heard by record labels free, how to send your music to a record label, how to sign a publishing deal, how to submit demo, how to submit my music for consideration, how to submit my music to record labels, indie music blogs, music a&r, music bloggers, music bloggers nyc, music blogs nyc, music business blogs, music business blogspot, Music Business News, music news, record labels, song publishing contract, submit music to a&r, top music business blogs