Why E-Zines Won’t Review Your Band
As I was gettin ready to relaunch the site here I dug through a shitload of artists in my favorite musical fishin’ hole just hopin to find a few worthy of mention. I also threw out a few pieces of bait to see if I could hook a prize bass… sadly all the little guppies that bit weren’t worthy. So instead of shinin reviews and great new artists to showcase I’ve come up with a list of reasons why 95% of the bands that contact us do not get showcased.
- Travis Woodruff - Overall Travis seems like a predictable, safe, mildly pleasant-to-the-ears pop/traditional country singer. However, this portion of his profile was like a slap in the face to us:”Band Members: There’s only me and a wonderful assortment of musicians that were kind enough to play for me in the studio. Sorry I can’t mention them all, but they know who they are and that they are much appreciated.” If they were on your album, they should be in your CD sleeve. If they’re in your CD sleeve you should have the respect and decency to credit them whenever the opportunity arises. Some of the most respected and revered country musicians started their careers as studio musicians playing backing tracks for selfish schmucks like your ass and without them your “album” would consist of you singin karaoke in a can.
- Any Rockabilly Band - Unless you have a unique hook, image, or midgets that travel with you, then you simply blend into the many thousands of bum bum bum bum stand-up bass quartets that seems to be popping up out of the woodwork. Rockabilly music is a heritage. A culture. It’s painfully obvious when a group of half-assed musicians who couldn’t make the grade in their preferred genre’s throws together a band to match the latest trend. You want to see it done right? Take a look at Rev Horton Heat, Soda and his Pawn Shop Three, or Heather Rae and the Moonshine Boys.
- Cover Bands - Sorry guys, but if I review your Led Zeppelin Tribute Band then I have to review ALL of the little kiddies living off the glory of musicians who clawed tooth and nail to become a legend you’re willing to copy, and who has time for that? We here at DH would rather use our time to introduce you to new and original music. I will make the rare exception if there is something truly unique about a cover band’s approach, like Drunk Prom Date who is an experience too colorful for words and will most likely be covered in a separate article in the near future
- Commesso - You have 3 songs. Your profile looks like a 3rd grader made it and is nearly unreadable. You are experimental/progressive rock contacting a country music site for reviews. You have no pictures of your band, no bio, backstory or blog to pull from, and do not respond to emails. What the hell were you thinking?
- PR Firms and established artists - Unless you are branching out and creating your own label don’t bother. We normally do not re-issue press releases and we do not promote big-label artists. Read about the website before you pitch to it and know who you’re trying to market to. We are here for the indie, do-it-yourselfer who actually needs the exposure. Thank you and have a nice day.
At the end of the day, my advice to you is this: Create a web-presence that really shows who you are as a musician or band. Know who you want as fans and solicit that crowd. Be ready to tell them why they should be your fan. Do your homework on e-zines, magazines and other publications in your genre’s and shop yourself to the ones that fit you. And finally, take a look at what your five favorite artists/influences are doing to make themselves known and take a few pointers from them.