Today’s topic for #FreeGameFridays is going to be short and sweet, today we are going to be talking about how to get your music featured on a blog because some of you lack in this area or may just need some guidance.
So the first step in getting blogs to notice you is, you have to make sure your music is presentable I’m talking about if you’re supposed bmitting a single or a project please make sure you have some cover art made. I’m tired of seeing cover art that has been googled that shit right there ain’t cool that just shows how serious you are about this. Make your music look presentable. Even the visuals, nobody wants to sit there and watch a shitty visual because I know I skip straight through those. If you’re work does not look presentable you won’t be taken serious. The scene is crowded enough.
The next step would be put together a press release for what you’re releasing. Get organized, there’s people out here like us willing to help and guide you. Press releases really make a big difference. Or if you’re not really a big fan of doing it the press release way, create a more personal email introducing yourself and your music. Make the person reading your email feel important. Present your work well, and you might just have that much more of a chance at getting your music featured on wherever you’re submitting to.
Last but not least of many things BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with blogs/bloggers this is probably one of the most important things. Rather than just always sending an email with the link to your work build a relationship so that they can get familiar with you. Build your plugs up.
Memphis rapper 30Rock has been proving himself this year with dropping singles left and right to now finally blessing us with his highly anticipated project “Rocky” hosted by DJ SWEENDAWG. This 8 track project is literally full of bangers. If you aren’t already familiar with 30, go ahead and get familiar by pressing play below.
Atlanta native COMPLX has impressed us with this catchy ass new track titled “Weight” written and produced by him. The song itself inspires you to step your weight up, as we patiently wait for the visual to drop stream the track down below and get familiar with COMPLX because I promise you will be seeing and hearing more of him.
Bruhhhhh, Lil Skies and Cole Bennett created a movie. Yesterday Lil Skies decided to bless the streets with a brand new visual for “Red Roses” featuring Landon Cube and it’s literally a movie. If you aren’t too familiar with Lil Skies it’s important that you do because he’s got some bangers. Also, check out his newest visual up above and tell us what you think.
So just recently Solo Jaxon an artist from Little Rock but now making moves in LA has delivered a hard hitting banger titled “Villain” where he showcases his gritty infectious bars, where you have no choice but to give him a listen. Solo isn’t a sound that we are used to today, but as he delivers catchy lyrics he is also building up his fan base. So as we give it to you here first Popped Cherry wants you to get familiar with this dope artist Solo Jaxon. Stream his track down below and tell us what you think.
Atlanta artist CKENT blessed the streets yesterday with the SURREAL [EP]. His 5 track EP is completely produced by Rob Surreal of NY. The project shows the Young Legend: CKENT’s growth and progression as an artist. He is comfortable on the unique slapping beats and sounding like nobody else before on top of telling his own real story. Get familiar with CKENT and check out his latest offering down below.
Texas artist SpaceMan Zack delivered a brand new visual with T.Aubrey for this brand banger “40 Nights” and it gives off a really dope vibe. The visual starts off with SpaceMan Zack laying on the floor next to a bottle of Jack Daniels so that right there just tells you what type of night he had. T.Aubrey turned this song into a story with the visual itself. Check out the video up above and tell us what you think.
One of the games OG’s Chase N. Cashe has delivered a visual for the streets titled “Money Bags” with his refreshing bars Chase N. Cashe walks through the streets of New York City and shows y’all how it’s really done. Check out the visual up above and tell us what you think.
Big Baby Gucci does it again as he returns to bless the streets with a brand new visual titled “Tales From The Cornerstore” and that’s exactly what it sounds like. This song was featured on his recent EP “Gucci Season One”. Shot by Reel Bump, the video is dope as hell. Stream the visual up above and tell us what you think.
Today’s topic of #FreeGameFridays is How Should You Distribute Your Music last week we talked about how you should send a proper email, this week we want to help ya’ll out by giving you guys some free game on the best ways you could get your music heard by distributing it correctly. I got to speak with female hustler aka the connector of dots herself Brea Simone, and we talked a little bit about how she likes to be approached when someone is presenting their music to her and she also provided some free game so sit back and take notes and read the free game down below:
What’s the worst way someone can present their music to you?
I really don’t like press release type emails. There’s nothing personal about them and they are super spammy. Makes me feel like the artist doesn’t care if I listen to it or if I don’t. It’s a simple copy paste format. Nothing genuine about that at all.
How would you prefer the artists to present their music to you?
I like when an artist approaches me with regular conversation. A simple hello can open a door in my opinion instead of just immediately asking me what can I do for them. This goes for emails as well. Open up an email saying hi. Connect with me on something so I remember you and have a face/name to match a story. I get a bunch of submissions. If you want to be different stand out with your approach and be human. It works better in the long run.
What’s your opinion on CDs being handed out at music festivals and things like that? Because most CDs end up on the floor.
I don’t even get why people waste the money on hard copies to be passed out at events. People don’t go to events to get mixtapes handed to them. You can take that money you put into making CD’s, make some merch, sell it online and add the CD in the packaging. Not just hand it out to strangers. Build your fan base with the people that support you first or you’re marketing backwards.
So basically ladies and gentlemen don’t force anything don’t be out here spamming your music because that’s one way to really annoy people. Consistently drop the link, or @ some of the people you really want to hear the track start a conversation and catch their attention but don’t continue to constantly force your music down their throat because I am telling you that is the worst way. Not only that but don’t be out here acting like other creatives really owe you something, be humble about everything.
If you are also looking for some help with marketing I highly suggest Brea Simone she will make shit pop for you. Not only is she out here throwing her own events, she’s also helping other creatives build themselves up. Be sure to check out her website breasimone.com and follow her on twitter @BreaSimone.