Here's How to Get Me to Listen to Your Band
Back when I worked at a label, there was a demo submission email that no one ever really checked. By the time I started looking, there were hundreds of messages to go through. I made it my mission to listen to at least a handful every week, and as long as it seemed genuine, I’d reply with constructive feedback. Truthfully I very rarely found anything that great, but it’s the searching and listening through everything that brought a good friend and wildly-talented artist named Derek Ted to my attention, and now he’s a part of the No Earbuds! family.
Needless to say, though, the process takes up a lot of time, so if you’re someone who has sent your music into a label’s contact form or submission inbox, be patient. Unfortunately I have no way of knowing if those labels are actually reading their submissions, but let’s go glass-half-full here and assume they are. They’re likely super busy and juggling a million things at once, so go easy on them. At the end of the day, if you’re doing something interesting and doing it well, the right people will hear about it.
Anyway, now that I’m doing my own thing, I don’t really have a demo submission folder to go through every week. I have a contact form (which can sorta double as a way to submit your music, FYI) but I started wondering if there’s a more direct way to do this so that it doesn’t require as much time or more importantly, inbox space. If anyone reading this gets anxiety if their inbox notification count gets higher than 50, I am SO WITH YOU.
That’s when I discovered Spotify’s Collaborative Playlist function. I knew it existed before; that must’ve been how the three members of Chicago’s Meat Wave created this mammoth 450+ song playlist of their individual inspirations! But despite being aware of the function, I never really figured out a way to use it until now.
Every other week or so, I update my NO EARBUDS! playlist with songs that I think are rad, including the latest tracks from my clients, plus some of my own personal discoveries and obsessions. I do a lot of digging before updating the playlist to find these new additions, but there’s no way I’m hearing everything this community is creating.
Introducing NO EARBUDS!: The Collab Edition. This time, it’s songs that YOU think are rad. My favorite discoveries will most certainly wind up on a future No Earbuds! update, which means it’ll get blasted out not only on social media and Spotify but through Apple Music, YouTube and soon, Google Music, too!
Plus, there’s the totally serious added benefit of my inbox being less crowded. It’s a win/win for everyone!
I’m excited to put this playlist on while I’m driving or scheming up my next big plan. Show me your band, your friend’s band, a local band you’re really excited about, an artist you just really like, a song you’re inspired by–– whether you know it or not, YOU’RE the real A&R’s around here, my friends, and I can’t wait to hear what you’re obsessed with.
And of course, if you don’t use Spotify or just want to email me anyway, that’s cool, too: firstname.lastname@example.org