What is your demo tape policy? - "Rad Dude"
If you?d like to send us a copy of your band?s demo, you can. We don?t listen to demos every day, but periodically we go through a bunch of them. Please don?t call or email to follow up?if we want to reach you, we will. It is extremely rare that a band gets signed on the strengths of a demo alone so our best advice to you is to keep playing out, build a fan base, tour, and get your name out there?these are the things that will bring label representatives to your shows and this is what will help you get a record deal. Good luck!
Which is pretty much going to hold true for any better-known indie label, though proportions will vary (i.e. it will take less buzz to get on a smaller indie label)
― Shadowcat (A-Ron Hubbard), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:23 (fourteen years ago) link
Will you listen to my demo?
If you'd like to send us a demo, feel free to send it to:Merge RecordsPO Box 1235Chapel Hill, NC 27514
We listen to everything people send us but we aren't able to give specific feedback to bands due to lack of time.
DEMO SUBMISSION POLICYWe do accept demos at the address above and we do listen to everything we receive.Due to the amount of time and resources it demands, however, we are not able to respond to every submission personally.Please include contact information on your demo and we will contact you if we are interested in what you've sent us.
I sent Merge something a year or so ago and I got a (generic) postcard back from them which said they got it and listened to it, which I thought was quite decent of them.
But there are of course many smaller labels you should try, too.
― steve schneeberg (steve go1dberg), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:28 (fourteen years ago) link
Jagjaguwar might be slightly more realistic but it's hardly an unknown label. The Sub-Pop thing is right - best to build your base/buzz and bring the labels to you.
― Shadowcat (A-Ron Hubbard), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:34 (fourteen years ago) link
― Shadowcat (A-Ron Hubbard), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:35 (fourteen years ago) link
― ZR (teenagequiet), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:59 (fourteen years ago) link
In order not to lead ZR astray, I went back and checked--Thrill Jockey and Drag City def do not accept demo's. Can't tell with Carpark and Mush, Chocolate Industries does take them. And I didn't get a chance to look long enough to see if Morr does--they have a weird website. Matador doesn't accept them, Mute does. And, uh, that's all I'm doing to atone.
― Jubalique die Zitronen (juicefriend), Thursday, 15 February 2007 17:05 (fourteen years ago) link
― ZR (teenagequiet), Thursday, 15 February 2007 17:56 (fourteen years ago) link
I know you're being half-facetious, but one thing I've definitely learned is not to overestimate the power of a single review.
― Shadowcat (A-Ron Hubbard), Friday, 16 February 2007 00:44 (fourteen years ago) link