I’ve been running a music blog called .com/music for a while now. It started life late last year as just a semi-private thing between me and my friends and colleagues – a way for me to process, bookmark and recommend all of the great music I was discovering on Bandcamp while writing reviews there.
Along the way, I’ve started to get into a routine with it, and I have posted there every day this year so far, and plan to continue to do so as much as possible for the foreseeable future.
But a few things have changed – including the way in which recommendations work on the Bandcamp website (interesting stuff happening there
soon now: check the ‘Staff Picks’), and so I’m no longer writing lengthy ‘Album of the Week’ reviews, though I am still going to be heavily involved in the recommendation and discovery process there.
So I thought I’d make my music blog a bit more public, send the recommendations out beyond my own circle of friends, and also use it as a way of soliciting further recommendations.
How to get your music on my blog
Actually, at first I thought I’d discourage submissions because it’s a surefire way of getting inundated with press releases and PR from people who just add you to a mailing list. But then I came up with a way I could encourage people to tell me about music that they like (or music that they made) in a way that encourages engagement and makes it interesting and worthwhile for me.
Have a look at the recommendations page. I’m quite pleased with that. That is now the ONLY WAY to send me music recommendations. I will pretty much ignore everything else…
I’m going to delete any and all press releases without response, and emails from bands asking me to check out their stuff will simply be redirected to that URL.
Is it on Bandcamp?
Yes, I know there is a lot of other good music in the world, and I may be missing out – but I’m prepared to live with that, given that I’m never going to hear all the great music in the world anyway – even out of the stuff that is on Bandcamp.
If you’re keen for me to hear and then talk about your music on .com/music, then it has to be on Bandcamp. If it isn’t and you don’t plan for it to be, then this isn’t the place for you. However, there are lots of other blogs that will be of more help to your promotional strategy.
Once again, here’s the link for the only way to submit music to .com/music
You didn’t mention my band!
If you did recommend some music that’s on Bandcamp, and you did use the recommendation form, but I didn’t happen to blog about it, there are several reasons that might be:
1) I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. I have a large listening pile. Give it time.
2) It wasn’t to my taste, which is clearly a fault of my taste, not your music – but it can’t be helped and that’s just the way it is.
3) It was too good and would make all the other music on the blog look amateurish and dull by comparison.
It’s definitely one of those.
It’s for recommendation, not promotion
All that said, the .com/music blog is not designed for people who are promoting their music. It’s designed for people who want to stumble across diverse and interesting stuff that they might not otherwise encounter. And, more importantly, it’s a place for me to indulge my enthusiasms, not simply act as a marketing platform.
I am not trying to be “music press” here – I’m just being “enthusiastic consumer with a blog”.
If you’re just after a bit of variety in your day-to-day music listening, this might be a nice way to contribute to that. Especially if your Venn diagram of musical interests intersects with mine at all.
Here’s some more about the music blog and how it works. Hope it’s of some interest to you.