13 Responses to “My perfect demo submission…”

  1. well if you like Achilles you should watch them on the COnversion Live broadcast recorded a couple of months ago – also on there is Flash Bang Band + Monsters Build Mean Robots. Check it looks lush and sounds lush and ooh – really is a fine piece of work to looook at: – > http://www.conversionstudios.co.uk/liveepisodemain.php?eid=6 – oh and the interview footage is hilarious!

  2. Just read your blog post on the ‘perfect demo submission’ and I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve been harping on with the same advice for years and I feel like a broken record. There is so much advice and information out there for new emerging musicians that it’s hard to believe mistakes are still being made. One important point, you can follow all the rules for submitting your music, but remember, the first 30 seconds of the first track has to be grab the listener, so they want to invest their time on hearing more.

  3. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing the great advice.

  4. Hi, please check out my Soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com/bigb-1 You won’t have to mess about getting on it lol.

  5. Soundcloud and Dropbox are excellent services, don’t forget they are free. Soundcloud allows you to see who has listened to you music and where and Dropbox can tell you if the person you shared with accepted your request. Bandcamp allows you to collect data from whoever downloads your music too.

    Artists this is important info to help you gauge success and interact with your fanbase/media.

    Get onboard!

  6. Hi Simon
    Very clear and good advice in the ‘My perfect demo submission’ blog.
    You say
    ‘Don’t send me a CD. I don’t care for them’

    In the FAQs section on Sentric website it says
    ‘I think my tracks would be brilliant in an advert – can I send you a demo?
    Of course! Please send to this address:……..’

    From your blog I understand the problems associated with receiving CD’s but I presume ‘a demo’ would be a physical copy and therefore a CD. Can you confirm if the FAQs section is still valid? Thank you.

    • Hey,

      Yes it’s still valid, but the point of this blog was to show my preference really. If you send a CD it’ll get listened to eventually, whereas following this blog will pretty much mean you’re listened to a lot sooner.

      Hope that helps!


  7. […] ‘My Perfect Demo Submission’ and do what it says. We’re always eager to hear from […]

  8. […] Arcanum. There ARE a few other blogs for what a good demo should consist of, including this one by Simon Pursehouse which I recommend reading also. So, let’s get into this.. Remember […]

  9. Reblogged this on James Blogs and commented:
    Well worth a read for aspiring syncronizers!! 😀 .. A great post! …

  10. Great words.. 😀
    Want to say a massive thanks for Carly Dee’s syncs on Hollyoaks last year and we’re still keeping our fingers crossed for future ambience .. 😀 ..
    We’re both having an ‘offspring related’ break from the live scene and we’re hoping to live on through Sentric!
    Make sure you enjoy the good weather this week and take care!
    .. Listenable here: http://j.mp/CarlyCloud
    Hub station.. http://CarlyDee.co.uk
    You are Lengendary.
    Big love.

  11. I couldn’t agree with this post more. I work for an A&R scouting site in the UK and I when I started about 4 years ago receiving demos by CD was still very much the ‘done thing’ around the office, over these short years things have changed a a lot.

    We tried:

    Hard copy demos (CDs sent via post) – which took up all your time as they are never labelled correctly and when you would find one that you wanted to contact, they wouldn’t have put their details on the CD, but instead on a cover letter that was no long in the proximity of said CD so you had no way of telling who it was…

    Thoughts: Time consuming and rarely produced results for us.

    To using social networks – This worked for about 8 months until we became flooded with music and genres that weren’t of interest to us or our clients even when we would state what we were looking for. We also had problems with gauging the honest amount of fans bands and acts had as they all started spamming the online world for likes, shares or any other social network tool they are using now.

    Thoughts: An overly used and flooded market full of fictitious results/data, OK to check up on acts you are already considering but you have to ignore their followers when making a decision.

    Opening our emails to unsolicited submissions – This again started out fine, people followed our submission guidelines, we only received music we had asked for, it was just the quality that let us down to begin with, then like suddenly every musician on the planet had discovered we were accepting submissions and with out reading the guidelines and submitting dance tracks as we had asked for, we were getting metal, rock and cover bands submitting.

    Thoughts: Once the musicians had discovered us we were again flooded with submissions of no relevance to our current clients.

    Online storage (soundcloud) – We still use Soundcloud to send and receive
    music with people we are currently working with, this service has become invaluable to us, but for initial contact and to receive unsolicited demos it was no better then just posting our email on our site.

    Thoughts: Great service for working with musicians or clients you already have a working relationship with.

    This left us rather stuck and trawling across many of the different social sites trying to hunt out the bands we wanted for a while until we were introduced to A&R submission sites or pitching platforms.

    These are now the only way we do business with new clients, we are able to post a ‘searching for’ style listing and receive demos that are categorised in our inbox or even better only receive the specific genres we have asked for.

    I’m not going to name names but you can easily find these platforms by searching for music pitching platforms, music submission sites etc

    We have tried out many of these some with varied luck but all better then our previous methods of A&R searching, they come with different tools, some useful some not so but it all depends on how you work.

    We have stopped using a few of these as issues were raised as to how legit some of the posters were as they were able to charge the musicians (under the excuse of reducing poor submissions, because as we all know only good music and musicians have loads of money???!!) and questions were being asked whether some people we just using it as a revenue stream without actually looking for new music or acts to sign and work with.

    We now only use one service to receive our demos all of which are targeted to our specific needs at that time. Our work load has doubled and we haven’t had to turn away any of our record label, publisher clients in over a year.

    In summary I do suggest you check out the platforms offering such a service, I think they all charge a small sign up fee/ monthly fee and watch out for the others that charge a submission fee as they add up quickly and I still feel there is too much doubt around the legitimacy of some of these.


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