To begin, we make a distinction between two types of music blogs, normal one and Hype machine indexed ones. The normal blogs tend to only reach the audience that regularly reads their site, is on their email list or rss feed, whilst the hype machine indexed blogs do all that, while also indexed on the hype machine (captain obvious). Well talk about the differences, how to get featured on each and discuss a unique tool for submitting music to blogs. Contents, music Blogs, music blogs are essentially websites that cover music. You may recognize the names of major edm blogs such. Youredm, m, dancing Astronaut and, magnetic Mag primarily for their work in the news department. However, they also actively curate music through single track and album reviews.
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Im confident many (most?) of you will have better luck! If youre going to submit your music to blogs, submitHub is the way. Its cheap, transparent, painless, and fair to both parties. Give it a shot and share your thoughts and strategies in the comments! Update : Jeff at SubmitHub was kind enough to share this article with the bloggers on ralph the platform. Shortly thereafter, Salacious sound came through with the promised post on my first song. Would it have happened anyway? If youd like to hear more of my promotional escapades, be sure to subscribe to my how Im Promoting my music This assistant Month email newsletter. In the last piece of our Mastering Music pr series, we covered the foundations of outbound marketing and the role that publicists play, as well as the different music promotion services they offer. Building upon that, were going to be going deep on music blogs, hype machine, submithub, and how to best approach getting featured on these blogs.
Just like last time, one said they were going to post in the next week, but it hasnt happened yet. . One shared my track with their 1,000 Twitter followers, and another reposted it on soundCloud to 419 followers. Should you try SubmitHub? My experience with SubmitHub has been both humbling and enlightening. Clearly my music is not relevant to the vast majority of music blogs in my genre. for.40, i received 44 mini-critiques, two potential blog posts, a reviews tweet, and a repost. Thats far less than I hoped for or expected, but it reaffirms my focus on pleasing the fans i already have.
Followed by a dropbox link to hi-res photos, the same short bio, and links to social media. Everything they needed for a feature was at their fingertips! Out of the 37 blogs that write I submitted to, only 24 responded with feedback within 48 hours. I was refunded 13 credits. But that doesnt tell the whole story! Two of them didnt include feedback, and four more without feedback came in after the deadline. When all was said and done, 30 of the 37 blogs checked out the track, leaving me with 52 credits for future submissions. This time i received three approvals.
It isnt immediately obvious, but you can click on a blog name from the home page to reveal a description, stats, and accepted genres. This time i didnt avoid blogs with a low response rate. Worst case, you get your credit back. Initially i planned to pass on the blogs that clearly arent a good fit, based on their comments from the last song. Unfortunately for my wallet, my pride got the best. I thought I could win them over (I didnt). Finally, i tweaked my pitch. Instead of just a short bio, i started off with an offer they couldnt refuse, or so i thought: 80s synthpop edm classical piano. All features will be promoted multiple times to.1M Twitter followers.
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Consider altering the lyrics a bit so they dont follow a clear path along the beat. Right now they dont really stray from the piano which I tfl think hinders your success in hooking us in via your vocals. Some thoughtful feedback for sure, power but taken as a whole, it doesnt tell me how to make the song better other than perhaps revisiting the pitch correction on the vocals. Out of the 27 blogs that I submitted to, 24 responded. I was refunded 3 credits. Not bad at all! The response rate, that.
My results, on the other hand, were disheartening. Only one blogger approved the track for a blog post/review, ideally within the next week. He asked for the press release, artwork, and social media links, which I promptly supplied. Nine days later, Im not seeing the song on his blog. My submitHub results, round two Undeterred, i invested another 40 in 50 more credits and refined my strategy. For starters, i read about each blog, rather than just submitting blindly.
Also seems a touch of auto-tune shows up here and there. Autotune on vocals isnt sounding strong enough for. The vocals are cool but I did not enjoy the music and the lyrics. Vocals have a weird melody with the piano. It clashes at weird places. The production is amazing, but the vocals on here are definitely for.
I like where your heads at but the vocals sound waaay to loud/dry/wide all at once hah. Keep on working but consider outsourcing the mixing aspect. Its hard to focus otherwise. The production is nice but the melody is very linear. I like the progression of your piano chords; you are definitely a talented piano player! The trance-like bass is also an interesting addition.
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Vehlinggo (who recently conducted a great interview with me). My submitHub results, statement round one, i paid 40 for 50 credits, then promptly submitted to 27 blogs with a high book response rate. I included a short bio and noted that the song is from my upcoming album. The declines started rolling in immediately. This time though, the emails included explanations, ranging from helpful to contradictory to nonsensical. For the most part, the comments from music bloggers were indistinguishable from those from. Heres a representative selection: Kinda slick piano and singing reminds me a bit of Ben Folds. But Im not sure i can dig the vocals enough to blog.
If you best want to give the free route a shot, you can maximize your odds of success by choosing wisely. Go to their stats page, click to sort by response rate (Standard and submit to blogs most likely to respond or approve. Nobody is getting rich listening to songs for.50 each. Out of respect for everybodys time, premium is the way. How to submit your music to blogs. The submission process couldnt be easier! Choose Premium or Standard credits, then narrow down the candidates by selecting the appropriate filters: youre presented with a sortable list of blogs: Select the ones you want to submit to, provide a little info on your release, and youre off to the races! Heres what it looks like from the bloggers end, courtesy of Aaron Vehling.
feedback if they decline. If that criteria isnt met, your credit is refunded. Standard Credits, ive described the premium submission process, which is what I recommend. But there is another option. If youve got more time than money, you can submit to two blogs every four hours for free. I tried standard credits for my first submission. It was rather unpleasant. Within two hours, both blogs declined, no explanation provided.
Theres no way they can check out that many songs, much less provide feedback. Its not like theyre getting paid! But what if they did get paid? Were not talking payola here. . Just a token amount to compensate them for their plan time. That just might work. SubmitHub, created by jason Grishkoff. Indie shuffle, centralizes the submission process and rewards bloggers for focused listening and timely responses. You can submit your song to dozens of blogs (currently 59) for a buck a pop less if you buy credits in bulk.
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I hate submitting my music to blogs. The process goes something like this: Scour, hype machine for blogs in my genre. Comment on said blogs regularly to develop a personal relationship. Gather relevant email addresses. Assemble a compelling pitch for my latest with and greatest song. New email, copy/paste, send, rinse, repeat. Wait in vain for a response. Music bloggers can receive hundreds of submissions per day.