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Blog | 5 Types of “Bad” Pitch E-Mails Indie Musicians Should Avoid #W2TM

Pitches from brand new acts not tied to a public relations company are unarguably the ones that catch the most skepticism from journalists & PR representatives alike. Given that you’re fortunate enough to not be passed over any sort of mistake you make will automatically placed under an industrial-strength microscope. These five examples NOT being in you pitch does not guarantee you’ll get a response but however it will better the likelihood of receiving a response.

1. The pitch with too FEW details

“Hey, I’m so-and-so, and here’s a link to my new music. Check it out! Hope you enjoy.” This doesn’t explain what style of music you play, where are you from, what the rep is ‘in for’ here? Not including a bio, photo, links to music, or anything else will pretty much eliminate all credibility with journalists.

2. The pitch with too many details

  • Conciseness is key.
  • Don’t provide every minute detail about your recording.
  • If it’s multiple artist’s, keep the bios short.
  • The fewer links the better. Just the best & latest works.

3. The pitch bogged down by excuses

If you need to explain that your demo is terribly rough, but you sound much better live, consider recording a new track instead. Don’t send photos with a side note mentioning two of the players are no longer part of the band. Any kind of excuse about what is or is not included in your email just draws attention to what you’re lacking.

4. The pitch that undersells the band

Don’t apologize for your newness. If you lack recognition but are part of relatively unknown, yet thriving, niche scene play that up. Reps are always looking to break new movements and trends.

5. The pitch that oversells the band

Don’t come off as if you don’t need a help when you actually do. Acting like you’re obviously deserving of it all won’t help you actually attain a thing.

Book: “The Independent Music Grind” Part 1 By @UrbanThreshold Is Out Now #Hiphop #W2TM

 

The “Independent Music Grind” By Jesse Atkinson is a step by step guide to success for independent music artists and producers coming up today. The book discusses in detail about how independent artists and producers can monetize their music movement and start making money now. It’s available for download at http://www.indiemusicgrind.com or click the picture above for the direct link.

New Song: Confrontation – Cy Extra Money (North Carolina) By @NamesR4Friends #W2TM

 

NTDGAFAN Cover

 

After taking a break from his freestyles for a few weeks, NC spitta Cy Extra Money releases his new single ‘Confrontation’. This is the latest from his upcoming album N.T.D.G.A.F.A.N. (Niggas That Don’t Give A Fuck About Nothing), which will be released via 8/17 Studios/UpSouth Musik

“Every action has a reaction and sometimes your action can lead to a confrontation.”

Blog: Interview + 2 NEW SONGS With @Chev_Robinson 1/10 By @NamesR4Friends #FromDaBottom2Stardom #W2TM

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What’s the next move for you that you working on right now?
 
Right now I’m currently working on a Ep and an Album. The Ep will be some free music just to drop to get people ready for the Album!
 

 

 For those that don’t know you us to rap under the name the infamous swagg what inspired the change?

 
 
I went through an identity crisis once my brother passed away, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep my name or change my name to infamous dysh for my brother or even use an old nickname of my fathers. after a while I realized I was gonna be more honest and genuine with my music and give people me..the real me. so I decided to do the same with my name.
 
 
How do you get in the zone before you record because a lot of your music is deep?
 
I don’t really have a process or anything to get in the zone. writing, recording, shooting videos. everything feels so natural to me now at this point I’m always in my zone when it comes to music. it really has become 2nd nature to me.
 
What project will the October 22 track be featured on?
 
 
My Ep dropping soon!
 
Who is an artist that you would say inspired your music? 
 
2pac. his message and ideas are something that still live on and exist. i want my legacy to continue similar after im gone.
 
Any artists you looking forward to working with on your next project?
 
honestly im so content with my circle. I don’t feel the need  to include too many features on my next project. No cockiness but im very confident with everybody apart of Black Military
 
What’s the movement behind ya music these days I know you Dysh Life but I know you rep glock city & Black military?
 
DyshLife will always be the legacy i carry for my brother. Glock City is at heart and will always be my family before anything but now i rep B3M (Black Military Music Mafia) Proud to say I feel as if im running with the strongest musical team in the Lehigh valley.
 
 
When you did the control freestyle did you think you was going to get over 25000 views so quickly?
 
HELL NAH! I seriously wrote it knowing it was gonna cause some buzz and make some people feel some kinda way but I didn’t even have my mind-set on trying to reach that many views that fast. blessed it happened though because im glad the message reached more people than I intended.
 
Why should we support your music?
 
I don’t feel like I should say im a real nigga but my music is real and anyone who listens and can connect will vouch for me after they hear a song. I don’t do it for material gain I truly make music to touch the souls of people in struggle.
 
How do you keep your self hungry musically to focus on the bigger picture? 
 
Put God first and keep the love of music my main priority before I put a dollar sign in front of it and begin to make songs with less meaning and purpose only to make money.
 
 
Check Chevy music on Datpiff Under The Infamous Swagg & Chevy Robinson also check his videos on YouTube below is 2 new songs as well as 2 classic videos.
 
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Quick Networking/Business Advice by @SLEEPTILLNOON #w2tm

(*this advice can/should be applied at all times)

Networking may be an unattractive word but it’s totally necessary and can be really fun if you actually but effort into it. (oh, and lucrative) now some of these ideas or concepts i’m going to touch on aren’t set in stone, nor does me listing them mean i don’t still fall victim to not following them sometimes.

  1. it’s best to understand risk($$$, business, relationships, health, etc.) and correctly develop an exit strategy to cover yourself and manage said risk.
  2. diversify your bonds. talk to different people, go to different places. (even try new foods) it’s better to have you hands be on a bunch of things than weight your wellbeing on one thing.(don’t put all your eggs in 1 basket ring a bell?)
  3. keep costs as low as possible. the less you spend on stuff that doesn’t at least help make you money the better.
  4. rebalance your situation when necessary. take a step back and manage everything you’ve got your hands into and trim the fat or keep on rockin’.
  5. avoid silly behavioral mistakes. a bad or childish attitude which can account for a lot of straight up L’s for yourself. Success is about discipline and behaving correctly at least when it comes to business.

in closing, when it comes to working with people the only person who’s going to lose out by being naive is you, so try to not navigate the world with ‘their’ ideals or with horse blinders on.

additionally, you can’t go wrong heeding the words of the only Christopher we acknowledge. RIP. 

#CHICAGOtalent :: Blu Cap of L.O.C.A.L.$ By @SleepTillNoon

Rap artist/graphic designer ‘Blu Cap’ of the Chicago collective “L.O.C.A.L.$” comes across as a bit of a black sheep compared to the showcase of talent to emerge from the windy city as of late, but the way he dictates his flow over homegrown instrumentals from other Chi natives shows he has no problem marching to the beat of his own unconventional drum. Blu’s most recent visuals for his song “Me” posted above.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/k-lucki

OUT NOW: New York City The Album – Troy Ave #BSB #W2TM

It seemed like just yesterday Ave. said he was gonna drop an album then we watched it happen, no major distribution or promotion just an independent label hard work & grind. So far as the album goes its moving up the charts on iTunes an he is starting to get the recognition he deserves. In the pictures below is 3 options of how you can support the BSB movement. You can purchase the album through iTunes store link here &  free download on datpiff or get the powder pack.

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FREE DL Link

Powder pack