Independent Artist PSA
I get music submissions daily — via private message, via comments to my status updates, via my professional Facebook Page, via emails, via form submissions on my blog, etc. I get it. I post all the time about the music industry and I am highly active in and around the music industy. To some, I am among the gatekeepers (considering I own a music video network that earns upwards of 3 million monthly impressions, one could call me a gatekeeper).
HOWEVER, I am no A&R. I am neither a songwriter nor a composer. I can’t play an instrument and my hearing is at best civilian. I am a music business expert and prefer to provide feedback on business inquiries and not creative ones.
The “check out my new single” messages pile up in my inboxes. Unfortunately, I do not have the time (nor the patience) to listen to them all. And to be honest, it is not my area of expertise to offer creative feedback.
I take pride in the feedback and guidance that I offer to individuals and the knowledge that I share as a writer and public speaker. I strive to add value when I can, but that means refusing to comment on areas that are not speciality.
Yes, I am a trained vocalist and yes I’ve managed artists/songwriters/composers/djs, but as they can tell you, they’d sooner call me about a publishing deal than get my feedback on the cadence in a recording. LOL
That being said, if you’re an independent artist reading this, I apologize if I haven’t replied to your “check out my music” message. But you don’t really need my feedback there. I’d rather check out your production contract, licensing agreement, or marketing plan.