When I first started reviewing music I thought that getting enough music to review would be the hard part; but I was really wrong.
I had the philosophy that I would review any music that was sent to me. In the beginning keeping that mindset wasn’t much of a problem, only getting a few releases per month, but as things progressed and that number rose into the hundreds I quickly had to change my, ‘review everything philosophy.’ So when you don’t hear back from everyone you request a review from don’t take it personal.
What I want to do with this piece is give you a few helpful hints that might improve your chances of getting your music reviewed.
Here are a few simple tips to try next time you have music to submit for review:
Don’t waste your time trying to contact large national music magazines. Most don’t accept unsolicited submissions so they’ll just end up in the garbage.
Be selective don’t carpet bomb web sites. Personally it turns me off when I get an e-mail that shows in the header that the exact same message has been sent to 30-50 other people. If you’re going to send your request to several different sites remember to use the BCC: (Blind Carbon Copy) function of your e-mail program.
Be sure to look over the site you want to request a review from to see if it fits with your style of music and to see if they have specific submission policies.
Don’t send music download links that requires the person to give up personal details like an e-mail address or sign up for your newsletter before their able to download your music. If you do this nine times out of ten it will cause your request to be quickly deleted.
Don’t think that contacting the place you sent your request to often will help you get moved to the top of the list. One short e-mail sent a week or two after you first contact them thanking them for considering reviewing your music and letting them know if they need any additional information you would be happy to furnish them with it will work best.
While most music today is sent via a digital format if you’re still sending out actual CDs just don’t just throw the CD in an envelope and mail it out. Take the time to right a short note to include with it along with any press material you might have like your bio., song synopsis etc…
If you do get your music reviewed don’t forget to thank the site for taking the time to review your music. Also if you include a link to the review on any of your sites (Twitter, Facebook etc…) that will help to build up some good will for any future reviews that you may request from them.
If you follow these simple hints it should help to improve your chances of getting your music reviewed.