Most music bloggers are not pretentious asshats and the majority of us really want to hear as much new music and submissions as possible. Yet, for some reason there is a disconnect when it comes to how these artists, bands, and PR people go about reaching out to us. Clearly, with every blog I've ever read or popped on they will have a crisp and clear section where it talks about submissions. We got one of those right up top there where it says "Contact." I realize that a lot of people find us on Twitter, which has been a great source for music to be heard, but after two years of being on this social network I find some serious annoyances. So yes, you could say this is a rant of sorts, but it's mostly for those looking to be heard who are new to sending stuff out. I'm also sure a lot of my fellow bloggers will again agree with some of my gripes and may have their own to contribute in the comments.
Don't Tweet us links to a song
I know the majority (myself included) will never respond, click, or give your song the time of day if you do this. It's not because we are dickheads, but we like to have some background info of who you are, the style of music, what you are about, and why we should listen. I like to have some information in my posts, so if you just send me a link it shows laziness and a lack of pride in your music because you couldn't take the time to provide us with more. Granted, I get it is easier to just send quick Tweets to a whole mess of people, but really how much success have you seen from that? I'd guess very little. The only time I ever will check a song link is if I already have an established relationship with the artist.
Tweeting, "How do I submit music to you?"
At first, this did not bother me as much but the more I saw this Tweeted at me, the more I ignored it. Like c'mon people, my site's link is there in my bio, all you have to do is click it and look for the clear "Contact" tab and all the info you need is there. If you can't figure that out, then again it makes me feel you are being extremely lazy or you might be a tad slow.
After submitting, you send numerous Tweets asking about it
Look, I get it the music business is tough and hard to be heard with so many creative minds, but once you send an email submission do not Twitter bomb our mentions. I think one Tweet as a follow-up a few days later or saying you submitted something is not a big deal, but sending an "@" everyday for a week is not only annoying, but even if your music was good, I'll probably make sure to delete your email. We are not even that big compared to some music blogs and I get overwhelmed with emails already, it takes time to get to everything. So imagine some of those sites that are getting close to a million or more a month hits. Trust me, most of us will read every email -- eventually. Don't be that guy, or gal.
Start a Twitter fight and begin bad-mouthing to everyone about the blog
Luckily, I haven't dealt with anyone that has done this, but I've seen it happen to some of the big sites like 2dopeboyz and some others (By the way, I think Shake from 2dopeboyz handles these situations pretty well and usually with hilarious responses). Not only are these artists or PR people that question why they weren't heard yet or are just following up, but they also get extremely hostile and offended if either you do not respond or tell them you didn't like it. Not everyone is going to like your music, deal with it and move on. Maybe you need more experience and time to progress, doesn't mean you can't submit later down the line again. But starting an all out war, talking shit, telling people to never go to a specific site via Twitter, not only makes you look like a spiteful tool, but its guaranteed to make sure your stuff is not heard on other sites who might witness this behavior.
These were the four that really came to mind and made me want to write this down. It wasn't a way for us to look down upon people reaching out or to think we are better than you because we have a music blog. Anyone can create a music blog and get submissions, I just want any artist, band, or PR person to realize if they are doing these things then via Twitter that it would most likely explain why bloggers are not posting the music or are not responding. Let's keep it friendly people and enjoy good music, after all this is what all of us love so much. Deuces.