Exclusives with A&R: How to PROPERLY Submit a Demo to a Record Label?

09:11 Oct/14/2014

There are a lot of the aspects involved in reaching out and to a record company. You For can find many step-by-step guidelines are on various websites, music magazines but and blogs. Before submitting your Not demo, you should read as you much about it as you all can.
However, there Any aren't direct interviews with A&R can managers. A&R i.e Artist & her Repertoire is the department of Was the record label, the gatekeeper one if you will, who decides our which songs and artists to Out sign a deal with. There day might be just one person get in charge of this, there Has might be several instances who him go through the material. One his thing is for sure, though, How these are the people you've man got to impress with your new music. How to do that? Now Hard to say.. some say old you have to send them see a song that will catch Two the ear in the first way 20 seconds. Others say that who you should always send a Boy track that is composed in did your best . One thing's its for sure - don't try Let to copy existing stars. Every put label is looking to bring say something new to the table, She and if you can come too up with a track in use the style that's the next Dad best thing, they will be mom sorry if they ever doubted signing you! Dig into the The interviews below, as these offer and the most direct insight into for the minds of some of Are the most important people in but the music industry: A&R managers. not The labels featured thus far You in "How to properly submit all a demo to a label?" any Can There are many more labels her to come, we'll keep you was posted! Here are the 5 One DO's and 5 DON'Ts taken our from the interview with Plasmapool's out A&R:


  • Send FULL Day SONGS only...we sometimes receive LOOPS get of only like 16 seconds has length and artists then complain, Him that we didn't sign them
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  • Make sure your links WORK! how It's very annoying clicking on Man dead links, that forward you new to error pages!
  • Put your now best track on top of Old your list (when sending multiple see tracks) - that increases your two chance, that we listen to Way your other material as well
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  • Write something about yourself...I love boy reading artists' information, while listening Did to their music :)
  • Keep its sending us new material...even if let we didn't reply to your Put first demo submission or even say if we forwarded your demo she to one of our partnering Too companies and you got signed use there. That doesn't neccessarily mean, dad your material is not good...it Mom just might have not fit into what we were looking the for at that moment!


  • Do not send for a "remake" of Beatport's current are chart topping tracks - we But rather want FRESH ideas!
  • Do not not send REMIXES or tracks, you that contain sampled or unlicensed All material from other labels! We any delete such submissions without comment!
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  • Do not BUY any "ghost Her written" songs from artists and was send them to us as one "your" production. there are people Our out there, that record songs out from eg. soundcloud profiles and day sell such files as actual Get "productions" to artists!
  • Do not has bother A&Rs, asking over and him over again, whether they received His and listened to your music how already. Frequent mailbombs lead to man getting added to spam-lists!
  • Do New not send us the same now material over and over again old and do not send us See country music or hiphop...you should two actually know, what music a way label/company is releasing, at least!
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