Top 5 pet peeves on band submissions. Things you may be doing wrong.
Here are some incoming emails that I get when bands are looking for management. These things drive me crazy and lead to a bad first impression. Here are some tips on “What not to do” when you are enquiring for management/labels etc. This may be a slap of reality as to why you may not be getting a reply back.
1. Email: “Looking for Management….”
That’s it? REALLY? Not going to respond. That isn’t providing me with any information on who you are and why we should want to manage you.
2. Email: “Hey are you guys taking on any new bands for management? Can I send you my stuff?”
Always assume yes, and always send a link or mp3 sample. Make sure your pitch has everything so they do not need to gather additional information from you, but remember to keep it short and sweet.
3. Email: “Hey I am looking for management” (Including 12 pages on what your cats name is, all of your inspirations etc.)
I don’t have time to review all of this. Just send me relevant info. Your band’s name, accomplishments to date, Are you signed? Touring? Radio charting info?
4. Email contains a great pitch, but none of your contact info, no links to your social sites, or a sample of your music.
I am not going to sit around and try to Google your band or find information on you if you have not provided it for me. PLEASE make sure to include this.
5. Sending submissions to the wrong management
Do your research. Search bands who are similar to you in genre. If you are a techno artist, enquiring to a rock manager, you are wasting your time.
Oh and don’t even think about mailing me a hard copy CD. That was soooo 2002. That thing is going in the garbage. No, I am not joking.
Key Points to a successful submission.
1.Keep it brief and get to the point.
No one in the music industry has time to read an essay about why they should choose you or your band. Get you name, style of music and links to music on the page and get out.
2.Let your content to the talking.
What every submission review comes down to is whether the band sounds good, writes good songs, and performs well live. Send a link to your Bandcamp, Reverb Nation or Soundcloud page with samples of recorded songs and live performances. If you dont have any of that, get it.
3.Do your research.
Do you really think you’ll do well touring as a metal band opening for a teen pop group? Neither does managment.
4.Believe in your music.
Spend time, money, hours, long nights and effort on your music and make it into something worth our time. Don’t pitch a wishy-washy song, send us something you believe in and convey it in your pitch.
Again, reference my old post on “Creating the perfect pitch” for your best success! I hope this helps you in your future team building endeavours! 😉