From my inbox – “What should musicians do to stand out?”

From my inbox Music

As a music blogger I get thousands of emails from bands each week asking to be featured on Artistic Echoes, it’s easy for music bloggers to get drowned in the sheer number of emails that they get sent at times it feels like there is no end in sight.

So what should musicians do to stand out? to be honest it all comes down to luck your email ends up on the top of the pile and whether you get a good review, or interview comes entirely down to there mood and which cup of coffee the blogger is on at the time. Most music blogs like this one are written by people who do it in their spare time or if there lucky like me and they have an understanding boss they snatch a bit of time at work to type out a quick article.

There are a few things you can do to help yourself though;

  1. Always provide a link to your music; it sounds silly but sometimes musicians don’t even do this and it a sure fire way for your email to be skim read and skipped over.
  2. Be personal; ideally you should write a separate email to each blog that you send your music to, try and personalise it in some way.
  3. Read the blog you are applying to; give a quick read of the blog that you are applying to, it will make your emails seem a lot more authentic.
  4. Adopt a conversational tone; don’t just post a wall of text about your latest release imagine you are telling a friend about an exciting new band you have just discovered.
  5. Thank the blogger for their article, most blogers are doing this for free so it’s always nice to recieve thanks and this could help you build up a relationship with the blogger

Those are just a few of my thoughts, unfortunately every blogger is different so they will have different criteria. If you have any tips let us know below

2 Comments

  1. As a radio host and a music reviewer, I want artists to understand that it pays to operate a website or just a page with all of your information succinctly and easily available (a Facebook page is not a great substitute, but if you must, follow the suggestions below anyway) .
    A short bio (100 words or less we can cut and paste or easily edit into our promotion sites), two or more good hi-rez photos, one horizontal and one vertical and a least one of you playing on stage, your albums listed by pub date, and finally, a link to your lyrics. Lyrics are very important for reviewers – we can’t always understand them from your recordings and we know that this is where your message and your uniqueness lies.

    Also, your contacts – email is very important for radio as filing systems don’t accommodate texts and tweets well and the host may want to find you in the future. For a radio interview, we will want a backup phone where you can be reached. It needs to be your phone, not your PR agent’s that a producer can use quickly if your call-in interview gets dropped. The more you think about how to make my job easier, the more likely I am to do a good job promoting you. The more I have to look for information about you, the less time I have to write about you.

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  2. A new artist tool has recently launched in the form of a mobile app called: TopTrack. It is a free service designed for indie Artists (and their reps) to let them post and share original “sample” tracks throughout social media. Here artists share their samples, and fans can applaud their favorites. The top-scoring tracks by category become featured “TopTracks,” and the top-sharing fans can also be featured here.
    Its a next-generation promotion platform where anyone, anywhere, can be discovered.
    there is no charge to use this service, no binding contract, and you control everything from beginning to end.
    And its a free download at:

    App Store
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toptrack-where-your-music/id1000564633?mt=8

    Google Play
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.toptrack&hl=en

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