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1) Present yourself professionally, particularly when contacting someone for the first time as first impressions are lasting. Make sure spelling is correct and any files attached are tagged correctly (with title, artist name, contact info etc). If you are sending a tune out, it may be worth getting it mastered so it sounds more professional. Make sure tracks are in a suitable format; a 320kb MP3 file will be suitable for most cases (if you don't know about bit rates, read this). Also remember quality over quantity. Sending one track as a 320kb MP3 is more likely to get a listen than sending 15 tracks of varying bit rates. Finally do not hassle people, as it is annoying and they will ignore you in the future. Constantly asking people if they will play your track will not help it get played.
2) Be realistic - Sending your first tune to a top dj is unlikely to get it played. Instead do research, find out the djs that play music of a similar style by up & comers and send it to them instead. Tunes can often pick up momentum from being played by lesser known djs. Local DJs & DJs playing on pirate radio are the guys you probably should be aiming at.
3) Utilise the web - There are many ways other than myspace & facebook to promote music. Sites such as Soundcloud, Virb & Last FM are useful tools for getting tracks heard and getting feedback.
4) Producers - Buying ableton, or a pair of cd decks could prove a worthwhile investment as it opens up the avenue of live performance. It could open your music up to new people as well as potentially offering a new way of making a bit of money.
5) MCs - Get on radio or to a local youth club to practise spitting in a live environment. Stage presence is a massive element in emceeing and it can often be the difference between an average & a good mc. It will also make you aware to a wider audience.
1) Dig Dig Dig - Unless you are an established name, tunes do not come looking for you; you have to look for them. Get digging in local records shops & onlines stores such as Juno, Boomkat & 7 Digital and you're sure to find some hidden gems. Previously metioned sites Soundcloud, Virb & Last FM are also a good place to find tunes (the Soundclound dropbox is a useful tool). Having a unique style of selection can set you out from others.
2) Don't play bootlegs! It will get you blacklisted by producers when they find out and will only be a hold you back.
3) Be professional. Don't beg people for tracks, if you ask them and they say no then it will most likely be for a reason. Be polite when asking people for tracks as it will help you get results. Talking to people & getting to know them will also help.
4) Get live experience. Playing a couple of nights is worth 100 times more than playing in your bedroom. Whether it be a house party or a local night, it all helps. If you want to take it further you could even start your own night if there is not a local one you can get involved in.
5) Be innovative. Posting mixes on myspace, facebook etc is unlikely to get you heard beyond you friends. Pressing up some cds, sending mixes to promoters or entering dj competitions are more likely to get you heard. Think outside the box.
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Contributors: Webstarr, Wiz
Last Updated: 15/01/2010