Tip for unsigned bands; 
Trying to sell people meet and greet “VIP” tickets for twice the price of a standard ticket when they have to meet you to pick up the tickets is hilarious. 

No merch is better than bad merch, bad quality tshirts, blank CDs etc make it look like you don’t care and is a waste of your money, better to spend a bit more once, then have to pay twice due to bad results 

Self recorded albums are awesome – if you know what you’re doing, unless its just a demo, stick to the studio (and one with a good reputation, see point above) 

Be nice to people who listen to your music, if you’re serious about making music, these people will be buying your music, aka paying for your food

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

if the WHOLE band are not sharing/following/promoting/advertising the act in question, you WILL either fail or break up. From experience it seems all this work is left generally to the lead/singer or drummer.

Come on bandmates, pull the finger out!

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

DON’T ask for likes, just because you’ve liked our page does NOT mean we necessarily like your music/page whatever.

DO ask us to check out your music, information, gigs ext and maybe we WILL like you, and then…well we’d click that sought after like button!

Its all about real fans, active users, this week i saw a band with over 100K likes, and 2 people talking about this.

worse of it was a 5 piece band -.-


 
TIP TO UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:
 
Promoters recomended by XRP Radio – Go hit them up, they all awesome!
 
TIP TO UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:
 
We get thousands of links every week, its too much, its a bit spammy and we have to ignore them. We know a lot of stations in the same situation. Less the DJ is EXPECTIING the link, you’ll do better SUBMITTING AUDIO FILES to their submissions dept or the DJ themselves.Our main submissions dept is submissions@XRPRadio.co.ukOur DJs are all @XRPRadio.co.uk and start with:
Tizzy – Skunk – SMS – Ree – The Loop – Catherine – BVDBabyand more to come 😉
TIP TO UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT RADIO STATIONS:
 
Dont listener steal, its low – NOW I do promote other stations, but we will not compete with shows that air at the same time. Tho i constantly refer my listeners over to The Audio Burger after ive finished, as i know they start.DO NOT POST YOUR LIVE SHOW TIMES ON OUR SHOW ADVERTS, OR MENTION THEM DURING OUR LIVE SHOWS – it just makes you look like a nobASK ME, and i WILL deport our listeners over to you. JUST THINK – would you like us to do it to you
TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT BANDS:
 
helpful for all promotions pages
HTP TIPS: Check your spam folder daily!
How to: Go to “Edit Page” at the top of your Admin Panel. Click “Use Activity Log” then click “Spam”
To unhide posts, click the ⌀ symbol then click “Unmark As Spam”

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT BANDS:

if you have a band email address, and you have used this to submit tracks or information to promotors, radio stations, venues or whatever. Make sure you check them regularly. Or even have them forward to your personal email address.

Late or no reply can seem unprofessional, if your winding down your band/email adress OR are on holiday/taking a break/ill put a vacation response on so your airplay/gig inquiry doesn’t go wasted. If a promotor things you’re good, they will understad as long as they know.

TIP FOR UNSIGNED MUSICIANS who forget the hand that feeds them:

People gig swap and disapear nowerdays – something baught up in the Twinkle and The Sluts interview earlier. Dont forget 1 gig is worth a lot less than a lifetime of mutual promotion and support.

ELT Records on 2 occasions has saved XRP Radio for the bring of dispair, with mutual promotion and technical support. We wouldn’t be around, or how we are without them and we are extremely happy to have our relationship! This has led to us having ridiculous amounts of opportunity and chance through an ELT specific show and being able to refer simon to some GREAT bands and artists in the knowledge that they will possibly be supporting a couple of our ‘destined for greatness’ bands

DONT BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YALL!

–Tizzout–

TIP FOR UNSIGNED MUSICIANS in the SPAMMY vein:

REMEMBER – the unsigned and independent world is a MASSIVE network of back scrubbers 😉 we know if you have been arsey or spammy to a fellow radio show/promotor ext. You annoy one, you have vastly ruined your chances of ever getting airplay ever. Remember promotors looking for new and great bands come to these stations and gigs to find them.

Give some information and avoid the typical ‘CHECK OUT MY BAND, WERE AWESOME’ i myself will look at a band that can be critical and can show where they want to improve – this shows progression of a band – remember 80% of bands fail within the first 2 years, and 50% of THOSE in the first 6 months…

here is a nice example of bad promotion:

https://www.facebook.com/XRPRadio/posts/483549465015012?comment_id=5003087

DONT do this….and NEVER EVER EVER lie to Oliver 😉

TIP FOR ARTISTS USING SOCIAL PROMOTIONS:

reach boosters and tag for tags WILL improve your online statistics – However if you notice an influx of likes but not listeners – you need to realise these tag for tag systems can be very ‘click like and go’ – Talk to your new fans, send them a message, give them a free track or a link to your youtube video, thank them for there help and make them feel integrated into your community.

people feel special when musicians and professionals speak to them, and are a lot more likely to come back after.

take a look at The Puzzlers page – they have a name for there fans, introduce them to the community and get them chatting – Alike you XRPeople, the confusers and confounders have proven to be a force to be recognised with voting and keeping the band in the top ten with an amazing 17% of the votes (consider 300 votes minimum and a split between 600+ bands…thats a vast margin)

–Tizzout–

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT BANDS:

Look at how all the other bands have communicated with the promotor you want attention from. See what they want and who they react to, and more importantly what they get pissed off with. Try and avoid any confrontation and put yourself across as effectively as possible without going past the ‘novel’ mark especially when using social media tools. Remember twitter, facebook and the alike are public forms, before hastily typing or C+Ping to hundreds of pages, try speaking to each one specifically and see how much further it will get you.

Moreover INTEGRATE yourselves in the scene if your taking all the promotion but not giving any in return, you will tend to fizzle of the promotions ladder.

AND REMEMBER: most of us independent and unsigned professionals do actually talk to eachother. Dont think ‘theres hundreds more out there’….we work together and promote together, we all have bands in common so dont get pissed off and agressive just because on DJ doesn’t like your music, say thanks for the critique and move on. AND If you come back with improvements that DJ will sure be impressed!

–Tizzout–

TIP FOR UNSIGNED MUSICIANS:

Beware of people approaching you for information and music. These can quite often be ‘like jackers’ (a group trying to muscle in on others promotions), Copyright Frauds, Music thief’s or what we like to call promotions whores (jumping on your band wagon to increase their own reach). We even get these as a radio station! so this should probably extend to anyone who has a promotional backing.

An active promotor or band even, should reciprocate shares and reach boosting.

No offence bands but promotors have their fair share of unsigned and independent music sent in, they wouldn’t need do source your music unless a friend or college specifically pointed them towards said musician. It’s good on the ego, but take a long look at yourselves and think ‘are we really famous enough for this’.

Harsh…but true

IF SOMEONE ASKS YOU FOR YOUR MUSIC AND YOU WERE NOT EXPECTING IT – I WOULD ADVISE IGNORE IT – if it seems an unmissable offer to good to miss, its probably a load of tosh!

-tizzout–

Tip for unsigned bands and musicians:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID3 – DO THIS!!!!!!!!

Tip for unsigned and independent musicians:

Always go the extra mile!

A lot of promotors have podcasts stations or magazines. Like their pages, integrate yourself into the community. Maybe XRP Radio isn’t the one for you but we can guarantee there will be one. Get involved, get in the chatterboxes, comment on the podcasts and favourite the streams.

I can guarantee a more active band will get better coverage, and it may not be for any other reason than that they are remembered. Remember all promotors are subject to thousand of band names and track titles

–Tizzout–

TIP FOR PROMOTORS WORKING TOGETHER:

Set up email filters with your popular words – for instanceHear This! Promotions fwd there HTP on XRP mails to XRP Radio, and we have them filtered into a specific folder. not only does that allow us to know where the music initially relate to, BUT also builds great relationships between us!.

ALSO

Us stations like the personal touch, mass sent out press packs [for myself at least] tend to skip the inbox. All that fancy information can come after we’ve had our chat 🙂

=Tizzout–

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

Invite promotors to your events and gigs. I know my personal profile events tab is looked upon by various fans AND professionals looking for unsigned and independent events to go to regularly. Some will feature these in a gig guide! If you know a station had the demographic for your country and they have a live show on the night of your gig, give them a nudge. I know me for one would rather the listeners be out at a live event than sitting glaring at the screen.

I myself will join all events so can keep everyone else up to date on progress

MOST OF ALL – MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT ALL THE PROMOTORS YOU USE IF A GIG IS CANCELLED AND PUT UP PUBLIC NOTIFICATIONS! – some promotors will advertise your gigs for you even if you havent asked 😉 dont make them look like dicks!

Leave your events page up after your gig and people can post feedback, maybe even make a group for ‘the followers of ==band name==’ so they can post notes an reviews of the gigs they follow. im ever awaiting to see ‘the confusers unite’ from The Puzzlers or Jake‘s Cobras 😉

|=Tizzout—

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

Being played on many stations is fantastic but can confuse your closer fans. If you know a station suits you more and has the best and most up-to-date info about you, direct fans there. Dont stop promoting the other stations, but a unified place for your fans is always best! there are TENS OF THOUSANDS of shows and programmes out there so do your research first and see which stations and promotors get on with eachother!

RECOMMENDED PAGES:

Hear This! Promotions – Metal and mostly heavy stuff – US

B’s R.S.M. Promotions – Indie, Rock, Metal – UK

Manilla PR Ltd – Indie, Rock, Pop + RNB – UK

SKE Records – Hip Hop Production co – US

Q The Question – Hip Hop + Urban – US

ELT Records – Mainly rock and heavy metal – UK

Stormblaze Entertainment (United Kingdom) Limited – Rock and heavy UK

The Audio Burger – programmers and reviews in many genres – UK

XRP Radio – Full 24/7 programmed and live radio station with MANY DJs and Reviewers to deal with your music, encoumpases most things, based in the UK but working globally with DJs all over the world – Find the right show for you!

|=Tizzout–

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT FANS:

when using reach boosters, DONT just click like on everything then unlike later cause your annoyed with a blocked up feed. Why not take a look at the musicians/businesses and like what you would actually like! this way you dont get annoyed with pages that havent actually dont anything wrong, and you get relevant music!

it is the LIKE button after all…….not the ‘I’m pretending to like for the promotion’ button

|=Tizzout–

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

THIS!: http://bit.ly/UrBrvd before you bloody ask me! -.-

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

When creating an event page be it on reverbnation/facebook/myspace or any other social platform. Create a common event with all the other bands rather than one each. It alienates both you from the other bands and your fans from the night. PLUS it sure looks better having 1000 guests invited to one event rather than 200 invited to 4/5 events.

Get chatting to the other bands on the event pages wall, get a buzz about the night, see how many people you can get to wear red noses or something innovative which will make that crowd remember that night and all the bands involved, This is specifically important for tours and festivals too!

|=Tizzout–

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

Try out some of these widget promos available for free out there – some include getting free track downloads for likes or EP discount codes ext. Try combining this whilst strategicaly using promotional REACH BOOSTERS like you find on Hear This! Promotions, Listen, Like, Share, Fielthy Promotions, Fuck! promotionsext ext.

This way instead of just getting random likes, your giving those people a chance to listen to some of you stuff, why not even follow it up with a message saying hello and seeing what they thought of your music?

SOCIAL NETWORKING not RSI like clicking

|=I’mDone–

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

Quite often we get approached by a band, who seem by all rights awesome, have sent use nice information, video links ext and have done all that right….

BUT i then ask them for tracks…and unfortunatley ‘all the tracks are on the guitarists / drummers / vocalists computer’ or someone who isn’t the person contacting. There is then the usual weeks up on end of the band mashing around which means some of that lovly info i had been sent is either irrelevent (gig wise) OR forgotten.

basicly this tip boils down to:

1. MAKE SURE YOU’RE PREPARED WHEN YOU CONTACT PROMOTERS OR RADIO

2. ENSURE ALL THE BAND HAVE ALL THE FILES AND INFO THEY MAY NEED

3. KEEP INFORMATION FRESH AND RELEVANT, AND DONT SENT TOO EARLY!

|=Tizzout–

live requests, submissions and reviews if ya fancy an earwiggle with me over on http://www.xrpradio.co.uk – help me deciede whats good or bad 😉

a tip from Ree.

use appropriate language when attempting to source endorsements/promotions etc especially when its used in regards to their products.

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT BANDS:

Look at how all the other bands have communicated with the promotor you want attention from. See what they want and who they react to, and more importantly what they get pissed off with. Try and avoid any confrontation and put yourself across as effectively as possible without going past the ‘novel’ mark especially when using social media tools. Remember twitter, facebook and the alike are public forms, before hastily typing or C+Ping to hundreds of pages, try speaking to each one specifically and see how much further it will get you.

Moreover INTEGRATE yourselves in the scene if your taking all the promotion but not giving any in return, you will tend to fizzle of the promotions ladder.

AND REMEMBER: most of us independent and unsigned professionals do actually talk to eachother. Dont think ‘theres hundreds more out there’….we work together and promote together, we all have bands in common so dont get pissed off and agressive just because on DJ doesn’t like your music, say thanks for the critique and move on. AND If you come back with improvements that DJ will sure be impressed!

|=Tizzout—

TIP FOR UNSIGNED AND INDEPENDENT BANDS:

if you have a band email address, and you have used this to submit tracks or information to promotors, radio stations, venues or whatever. Make sure you check them regularly. Or even have them forward to your personal email address.

Late or no reply can seem unprofessional, if your winding down your band/email adress OR are on holiday/taking a break/ill put a vacation response on so your airplay/gig inquiry doesn’t go wasted. If a promotor things you’re good, they will understad as long as they know.

TIP FOR UNSIGNED & INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS:

All social promotions and radio stations have a community and you will benefit MUCH better if you integrate yourselves into them. We all have hundreds of submissions and bands come to our doors every week, talking to us, being in the chat boxes ext will keep you fresh in our minds and show us you’re still an active band!

I know I’m not talking for myself when I say we can’t remember everyone no matter how good you are! i still find myself finding AWESOME bands every day whilst the database is on shuffle I had forgot about for a while.

Keep us fresh – Keep yourselves Fresh

|=Tizzout–

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