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 Post subject: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:52 am 
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Great article!

https://www.xlr8r.com/features/2017/06/ ... osullivan/

I second all that's written there, and would add:

1. find out a personal contact of the labelowner or A&R (e.g. check their socials / website, ask artists on the label, etc), and write a personal greeting
2. introduce yourself briefly and explain why you want to sign with just this label (ofc this requires you to really listen closely to their sound and ask yourself if your music fits)
3. if you don't hear back, send a nice brief reminder after 10 days or so
4. if you don't hear back after the reminder, accept that you did what you could for now and wait a bit before contacting them again.

To find the right balance between patience and making sure you are not forgotten is essential. It happened to me in the past months that i sent demos to a small selection of my favourite (and quite established and long-running) labels and did not hear anything for 2 weeks. Then after 2-3 weeks, i got emails from 2 of the labels within 2 days from each other, that they were interested. It went back and forth for 2-3 more months, where sometimes they went silent for a week or two or three and i already thought they lost interest, but then i sent another new demo, or maybe they played out my tracks again and remembered about them, and got back again... at the end of the day, they both did sign the EP's. Had i pushed too much (or opposedly given up too early, not sending new material), they might have lost interest.

Keep in mind that many DJ-A&R's do not only receive zillions of demos, but also are constantly travelling and may access their emails infrequently. If they don't get back to you, it does not mean that they don't listen or that your music sucks. Have patience and persistence and do good stuff and eventually you will succeed. Amen ;)

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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:31 pm 
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Nice link.

Always had a good opinion of Steve O'Sullivan and he seems like a good guy reading that. Remember the first Bluetrain track I picked up. Supernice sub-heavy dub stuff.
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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
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So you're telling me my "HEY M8, GOT SOME SICK BANGERZ. EXPECTING FULL SUPPORT" approach is no good?

Very informative post :) will keep this in mind when I finally feel like my tracks are good enough to send out.


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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
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That's great advice


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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
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TimBuys wrote:
"HEY M8, GOT SOME SICK BANGERZ. EXPECTING FULL SUPPORT"



Just sign here. I'll drop ya BOMBZ, mate. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
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Anyone have any tips on how to get a&r to actually play the demo you send them? I started sending demo's out exactly the way this article recommends (brief email, unique private soundcloud link, my best unreleased track, label matches my sound ect ect...) a few months ago and i'd say 95% of the private soundcloud links I send don't get a single play meaning they didn't ever listen to the demo. Is there a best time of day/week to send demo's or is there anything more proactive you can do besides just cross your fingers that your demo is the one they actually listen to?

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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
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Play it to friends, if it's good it'll go on a little adventure.
Don't bank shit on randomers, find your network or build it...


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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
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TimBuys wrote:
"HEY M8, GOT SOME SICK BANGERZ. EXPECTING FULL SUPPORT"


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
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intrusav wrote:
Play it to friends, if it's good it'll go on a little adventure.
Don't bank shit on randomers, find your network or build it...



I'll second and third that. Gives you music more meaning too, its not just a product you are trying to sell on the roadside. Your tracks should be like your babies, its best to get them well situated.

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 Post subject: Re: "How to send demos" by Steve O Sullivan (and me;)
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Persistence does pay off. In the sense of not giving up, not in pestering the same label over and over again. That said, i think that timing can be critical and you just get a lucky break. But that will only happen if you keep trying. If you don't send, they're never going to listen, right?

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