MUSIC SUBMISSIONS

SUBMITTING MUSIC TO DIGITAL BLUES

 

Your music is the lifeblood of Digital Blues and all those other great radio shows out there.

I welcome the opportunity to give radio exposure to all blues or blues based artists, whether they are just starting out, well established or mega-stars, unsigned or signed and I thank all those individuals, bands, PR and promotions folk, record labels and everyone else who provide music for Digital Blues.

Indeed you are our raison d’être!! Without you the Digital Blues radio shows would be very ordinary and might well not exist at all!

If you want to submit music to Digital Blues for airplay or airplay consideration then please contact me at music@digitalblues.co.uk for mailing address etc. Please do not send CDs to any of the radio stations on which Digital Blues is broadcast as I am rarely, if ever, at the studios and so CDs that arrive there, will take a long while to get to me, if they do at all!

But before you do that, please read what follows which I do not want what follows to be seen as a rant or anything similar as I very much welcome music submissions. But I do ask that you consider and take account of my comments and requests:

 

FORMAT

Digital Blues’ shows are prepared and recorded in a small studio in my home so, unlike many of my blues radio  colleagues, I do not have expensive play-out software nor do I prepare programmes on a computer. I record them, as if I were broadcasting live (as anyone who has listened will know!!), using my CD players, mixing desk etc. The recording is then transferred to my computer for uploading.

I cannot, at present, accept submissions other than physical CDs which I know is a bugbear to many of you.

With a CD, I can use it immediately plus I get the track listing, timings (if you have included them on the sleeve), writing credits, info about the musicians etc. none of which is usually included with downloads. There is also no substitute for actually having your product in my hands! In addition, this means I can choose the tracks I play from the whole selection on the CD.

Many of you want to submit content electronically (MP3, WAV etc.) as this is your cheapest option and you can decide what tracks you want to submit. Whilst I can see the reasoning behind this from your side, please bear in mind that for every electronic submission you make, I have to:

 

 

On average, this takes at least half an hour per disk, often longer.

I am generally offered at least 30 downloads per week. To get these to the stage where I can use them in a broadcast, for each download I have to purchase the blank disks, the jewel cases etc. and spend time doing all the things I detail above!!

This is on top of preparing and recording three hours of radio programming each week together with all the promotion of the shows etc.

Do the math as our American cousins love to say!!!

I still have a backlog of stuff downloaded ages ago waiting to be burned to disk etc.

I am not paid to do what I do, indeed, as can be seen from the above, I subsidise what I do out of my own pocket! I know times are very tough for most musicians but ask that you remember that times are tough for us all and I do not have any income stream that I can use to defray my costs.

CONTENT:

Given the amount of material received, you will readily appreciate that there are not enough hours in the day to listen to the whole of every CD submitted (I do have a life outside Digital Blues even if my wife is sometimes not convinced of this!!).

Therefore, I tend to dip into CDs and pick a track or two that have ‘immediate’ appeal etc. I do not necessarily have the chance to listen to the whole of those tracks so it would be very much appreciated if you could flag up tracks that may have language that may be considered ‘offensive’ or ‘adult’.

Sadly even the most innocuous sounding tracks can and do unexpectedly contain explicit language (God knows why as it adds nothing to the song) and only recently I had to fade a track by a significant artist early because of excessive gratuitous use of the F-word!

UK radio stations, in particular, are monitored and can get into big trouble, be fined heavily and even lose their license if material broadcast causes complaints and is considered offensive or obscene. Equally, if Digital Blues attracted complaints of this sort, it would quickly be taken off the air and I would no longer be able to share with the world the wonderful music you are making.

GENRE:

Finally, a little reminder that Digital Blues does what it says on the box, plays blues! It may seem obvious but you would be surprised how much music I receive or am offered that could not, even stretching a point as I often do, remotely be considered to be blues, blues based, blues influenced etc. So, please don’t contact me about off genre content. Save your time and money (and mine!)

Thank you for reading this far and thank you in advance for bearing the above in mind. If some of it seems harsh or demanding, please remember that I, and the vast majority of my blues radio colleagues, do what we do for the love of the music and as a result of a passionate desire to spread the word about the great bands and artists there are out there.

Thank you for staying with this!! And thank you for taking note!! And thank you for the music!!

 

 

The Digital Blues’ Studio – where it all happens!!

 

 

 Comments (28) 

  1. Mike Merola says:

    Please Check Out Our Website If You Enjoy our Music I will ship it to you UPS out of NYC. http://www.cityboysmike.com
    Thankyou very much!!!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      I will e-mail you mailing address for CD.
      Thank you again and happy new year .
      Ashwyn

  2. Feels like a great vibe you guys have going. Keep it up, and a happy new beginning for 2012.
    Ghost Road

  3. Sorry!! i wrote a comment and pressed the “say it” button and don’t know if it went or not. Anyhow, I feel thet you guys have a good vibe going with your show and i wish you a hapyy and successful new beginning for 2012.
    Cheers,
    Ghost Road

  4. Jill Sharpe says:

    Hi Ashwyn, Jill here. Could you send me the physical address for CD submission? I’ll send you a few recordings and put you on the top of the list for the new release. Hope you are well and having a good day. Best wishes, Jill

  5. Hi there, we are an original music band in Adelaide South Australia and would like to submit a couple of tracks for your digital blues programming. Could you please send me the address to submit for consideration. Many thanks, Helen Ellis (Vocalist) Marketing & Promotion : The Texettes Band

  6. Hi,

    Please could you email CD submission address.

    Keep going whatever – you have a great niche for a Blues station here.

    Rgds
    Phil

  7. Donna Greene says:

    Thanks for your interest in our CD, Ashwyn! I’ll be sending out a CD and sending you the one-sheet, etc.

    I’m looking forward to being in touch with you!!

    A bientot mon ami,
    Donna

  8. Hi pls let us have your email address re new Hexmen single release Cheers George

  9. Hi,

    We would love to send you our new CD KATHY MURRAY’s “Relatively Blue” for possible airplay. Could you send me your mailing address?
    Thanks so much!
    -Bill

  10. Hi Ashwyn,
    Would like to send you a cd from a tough little Canadian bar band led by grizzled older person of the Scottish persuasion.
    Your mailing address, if you would be so kind would get it done.
    Review and airplay are what we seek, to try and “move” a few copies of our hand made blues rather than selling it off the edge of the stage and drinking the proceeds, like we usually do!
    Thanks in anticipation,
    Regards
    Mike Nicolson

  11. Ben says:

    Hi Ashwyn, I’m surfing a little around on your site, funny, a lot of recognition, studio a little like mine, i’m using external hard disks instead of home made copies.
    Great to see how you supported the 20 competitors of the EBU contest, in your radioshows
    Nice to meet you on the bluesmarket, bringing the radio into the spots.
    Keep in touch,
    Ben [Toulouse, France]
    Ben

    • admin says:

      Hi Ben,
      Good to meet you in Toulouse and thanks for your very kind words.
      If we don’t promote blues radio, no-one else will!
      One of my missions this year is to get the EBU to take more notice of and work more with blues radio throughout Europe!
      We can judge how successful we have been next April in Riga!!
      A bientot
      Ashwyn

      • Ben says:

        Yep, I bet we were succesfull, all competitors at Riga 2014 were recorded for broadcast. Well we will continue our queste for the blues, together, yes with my incontournable friend, César, de Bikerstreet.
        by the way i instructed The Veldman Brothers NL to sent you a mail, to know were to sent them newest Livin’By The Day. not bad this one.
        hope to see you soon, the last image i have from you, you were running behind the blond Sophie R. at the Le Buis, i think it was for an interview :)
        La bise
        Ben

  12. Jack says:

    Hi there, what is the mailing address to send a physical CD?
    cheers,
    Jack

  13. Marsha Raven says:

    Hi,

    Please would you email to me your address so that I can post you my ‘Lady Blues’ CD. The songs range from classic to contemporary blues, thanks.

    Cheers,
    Marsha

  14. william mead says:

    thanks for playing some tracks off the sharpees Mississippi Thrill album all the very best for 2015

  15. Little Chevy says:

    Hello England,

    I’m Little Chevy, the female singer of a quite well-known swiss Blues Band. ( http://www.littlechevy.ch )

    We’ve just released our Debut-Album „Sweet Home“ inclouding 14 souly bluesy tracks that have all been written by myself and my boyfriend (and drummer of the band).

    Here’s a Medley:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ufOFfOPis

    We’ve been chosen as one of the four Finalists for the « Swiss Blues Challenge 2015 » – so we’re very excited ! Please cross your fingers for us on 3rd of July !

    We have already Airplay in America, Canada, Holland, France and Spain !

    So what do you say – is there a little chance for us Swiss Blues Musician to be also played at your Radio Station in the UK???

    If you’re interested in playing our Sound, i’ll be glad to send you the link where you can download our 14 tracks in high radio-quality for free. Just let me know !

    It would be so exciting for me hearing from you !

    Have a nice day!

    Love, Evelyne from Basel Switzerland

    http://www.littlechevy.ch

    • admin says:

      Thanks for this Little Chevy.
      I have e-mailed you.
      Like what I hear on your website and good luck in the Swiss Blues Challenge.
      I hope to see you in Italy at the EBC 2016!
      A bientot

  16. Greg Miller says:

    Hello,

    I’m emailing to send over my music for consideration. I’m a vocalist and award-winning harmonica player, and I am releasing my first album on the 12th September.

    I’d love it if you could take a listen and consider playing it on your radio, as I love the musicians you’ve featured and I think my music would be a good fit.
    You can listen to my new album here: https://soundcloud.com/greg-miller-harmonica/sets/destination-for-dreamers-1/s-VuNo2

    You can also watch the video of the first single “Prison In My head” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd6ssi7lBGY

    Let me know if you are interested and I can send you mp3’s or other formats.

    I am looking forward to hear from you.

    All the best,

    Greg Miller

  17. Paul Stedman says:

    Could you please send me your mailing address for submitting my bands cd. ” Keeping the blues alive”
    If you get the time please check out our website and listen to some of our tracks.
    the paul stedman blues band . wix

  18. Sunday wilde says:

    Thank u for your continued support in so many ways. We have a new cd to send ya already! Almost one a year…..let me know when it arrives

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