Monthly Archives: May 2016

7 Tips For Submitting A Demo To A Record Label Or Company

Today I want to share with you the essential 7 tips for submitting a demo to a record label or company. Always keep in mind that record labels receive a lot of demos every day, and they don’t have time to carefully go through each and every song, so yours has to be different. So the question you might be asking is “how do I become different from the rest”?

Then you need to check out these 7 tips for submitting a demo, these will help you make a good impression on your targeted record label or company.

Tip #1

Before you send your demo make it a point that your music sounds fresh, and most of all, it is ORIGINAL. Where or to whom should you send your demo? Do a lot of research before submitting your music, make sure that you and your music will be a good fit to the targeted label. Go to record companies that compliment your music.

Tip #2

How are you going to submit your demo? Are you going to send it using email, drop box, direct posting or through the A&R reps etc. Contact them to find more detailed info about how or where can you submit your demo.

Tip #3

Include a cover letter (or profile) that explains who you are, what do you want, what can you offer, how long have you been doing it and include what the person listening to your demo should do after they listen to it. Do not oversell yourself just state facts only and some impressive concrete experience. Also mention something you found on their website (or from the A&R reps) in your cover letter, they will like the fact that you did your research first before sending your music.

Tip #4

This may sound obvious but a lot of people miss it, include your contact info. When you are writing your contact information include your phone number, Skype or MSN I.D, these are more personal than an email. I’m not saying don’t include your email address.

Tip #5

Get a good looking design for your cover, even if you are sending it using an email include a good looking cover. This will help you look professional and separate you from the rest. Your music must sound the same or nearly the same as the material released by the label (in terms of sound quality). Paying for a mastering job will add value to your demo, the trick here is to use their in-house mastering engineer and include on your cover that it was mastered by maybe John from ‘X Records’. The quality will definitely do the trick.

Tip #6

You must only send three tracks not less or more and your strongest track must be the first one. Make the intro of your songs catchy and vibrant, don’t make them wait for the hook (put it in the intro), you can change the arrangement later. You only have 16 seconds to make a good impression. Choose great titles for your songs and the project, something that relates to the music you make. For instance, I know a group called Hood Natives they produce House Music, but in my opinion Hood Natives would be a good name for Hip-Hop, I’m not crushing anyone just trying to make my point clear.

Tip #7

By using tip 7 you will stand a better chance of getting signed, but only if your music is good:D. Arrange a meeting with the record label rather than just sending, uploading or emailing your music. This is far better because you will be making a memorable impression and whoever that will take your demo will make quality time to listen to your songs. A face to face professional presentation is far better than anything I have mentioned above.

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3 Tips for Making Your Music Famous on the Internet

So you need some tips to help boost your music career, then keep reading to learn a few tips to help you reach your goal on becoming famous online. You already know you have hot music, and you already know that you could be smashing a lot of music artists out there. You must get your music noticed, acknowledged so to speak. OK well then you know you have to have a determined type of mindset in order to even pursue a goal like this. So then you need to ask yourself, Am I ready for this? Can I keep my fans updated on new material. Can I reach my fans hearts, and connect to them through my music? If you answered yes to these questions then you should read further.

1) You must have a healthy marketing plan, this is very important because you can have the hottest music in the game, but if your campaign is not marketed correctly then you won’t reach the type of fan base buzz you’re looking for. You must never stop updating your content, never stop marketing. Always learn new information, and then apply your knowledge to your music career.

2) You must be transparent, suggestions would be to video blog, or make videos on YouTube, etc. This is also effective by using social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, or any other social networks where music fans would hang out. Try rap battle forums, CD Baby, iTunes, any where that you can find out about where your type of fan base would be on the internet. You can order business cards and do it locally, build an email list of prospect fans and clients.

3) You must have quality material, songs that inspire people to want to listen to you. You almost have to make your fans feel like you know exactly where they are coming from. You have to make them your friend. Send out pm messages and just chop it up some people for about an hour a day, or more. I’m just saying you must keep that spark between you and your fans to keep them coming back to you and listening to your music. Makes sense doesn’t it? How do you feel about your favorite artists? Ya know you have to put yourself in the fans shoes and say hey OK this is what I would expect from an artist. So then you should serve your fans as you would want to be served.

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DIY Wedding Music Tips to Pull Off an iPod Reception Successfully

A recent trend is for brides to avoid the costly expense of hiring a professional DJ and having an iPod playlist instead. This can save couples a significant amount of money and also means the music will truly reflect their taste. However brides need to understand that it requires more planning than simply pressing play. Below are some useful tips on how to pull off the DIY iPod wedding reception.

The first thing you’re going to need is obviously an iPod or mp3 player. The second thing you’ll need to pull it off successfully is a laptop. It’s easier to switch between playlists on a laptop than it is on an iPod. It’s really important to use the right equipment.

The next thing you’re going to need to source are two large speakers, a mixing board and a microphone (preferably wireless). These can be hired from audio equipment stores and warehouses, but make sure you find out what their opening hours, when the equipment needs to be returned, whether there is an additional fee if equipment is damaged or returned late, nominate who will be in charge of picking up the equipment from the store on the wedding day and setting it up at the reception venue.

When hiring the speakers you should ask the sales staff whether the speakers are the right size to be able to fill your reception venue. There’s nothing worse than a wedding where none of the guests can hear the speeches because the PA system is not powerful enough. If you know a friend or family member that you can borrow this equipment from that’s even better, and if they can setup the equipment for you on the day that’d be an even bigger bonus and money saver. They will need to arrive early to the reception venue to set up the equipment and also stay late afterwards to pack everything away. This can be a time consuming process so make sure to buy them a nice thank you gift!

When preparing the iPod playlists make sure you have enough music to fill up the entire reception length, and that you have a good mix of different songs for the different parts of the reception. For example you might want slower, more relaxed music during canap├ęs, and faster dance music for the end of the evening. Try and select songs that the majority of your guests can enjoy, from a variety of different genres and decades. You want to make sure the play settings in iTunes have no breaks between songs. If there’s a 3 second pause between every song guests will be standing around on the dancefloor waiting for the music to start up again. In iTunes go to Preferences>Playback>Crossfade to make sure there is a seamless flow between songs.

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