There are many aspiring musicians out there that are struggling to get their music noticed, and it seems like the most daunting task. That is why in this article, we are going to look at ways that one can get their music through to radio DJ’s.
Prepare the Music for Distribution
Depending on where one intends to submit their music, they will either need to send their music physically in a CD, or electronically through a digital format such as MP3 or MP4, you will need to be able to send in your music on a physical CD or electronically through a digital format such as MP3.
- For CD distribution, one doesn’t need anything fancy, and many radio stations do not like materials like this. A plain Cd with your name and contacts written on it, as well as the track will do.
- Whichever packaging one opts for, their information has to be clear, complete, concise, and correct. You don’t want a music director to fall in love with your song only to be unable to figure out who it belongs to!
Ensure that the Music is Shareable Online
Some radio stations may accept email attachments, but more often if they accept electronic submissions they will want a link to an online source for your music. You have many options for digital distribution.
- You need to make your music more publicly available by using services such as iTunes, Amazon Music, or Bandcamp. iTunes allows one to sign up to sell their music for free, while Amazon Music requires one to use a distributor to sell their music through their Digital Music store. Bandcamp is also free to sign up and is becoming increasingly popular with artists.
- One can also use sites such as YouTube or Vimeo.
- Sites such as Soundcloud, Mediafire, and Sendspace have legal file sharing services that allow music people to download music without having to worry about viruses and other safety issues.
Research the Local Stations
It is mostlikely that you’ve not signed up with any record label yet. In such an instance, college radio stations are the perfect place to begin because they tend to be open to playing new and less mainstream music. They are less driven by advertising and business concerns than commercial radio, and would most likely be more willing to take a chance on your song. Commercial radio stations may also be interested in your music, especially if you’re a local act, so check out the websites for the stations in your area.
- Look for titles like “music director,” “station manager,” “production manager,” or “DJ.” These are usually the people in charge of receiving, selecting, and playing new music.
- If you’re not sure whom to contact, try calling the station’s general information line and asking to be connected to the person in charge of music programming.
- You can also call in to the station during a specific program: often, DJs answer the phone during their programs and you can ask them about getting your song on air. This works particularly well if you call a show focusing on the genre of music you make.
Once that is done, you can email them your song, place it on their social handles, or send them the CD. We are now going to look at how to set up an email, since you just might need one to send your music to the radio station. Gmail has over 1 billion users, and the numbers are increasing day and night. It is not limited to mailing alone, but can also connect with social networking sites, send files, make video calls and many more things. Kicking off by offering users 1GB of storage, Gmail quickly got ahead of other service providers like Yahoo and Reddit, who were only offering 15MB.
Signing up is a very easy affair. Simply follow the instructions below:
- Go to gmail.com to begin the process
- At the top right of the official page, click on the “Sign In” icon
- In the next page, go to ”Create a New Account“ icon
- Fill in data in the empty fields provided
- Verify the data
- Click on the “Create my Account” icon
- You will be redirected to the verification step
- A verification code will be sent to your mobile
- Enter the verification code in the empty fields
- Click on Submit
- You will be redirected to your new www.gmail.com account
- Upload Image and complete the sign-up process
You are now good to go with your Gmail account. The latest version comes with the latest features such as separating your folders. It can filter spam messages into the spam folder, a social folder for social promotional messages and your regular inbox.
To log in to your Gmail account, simply follow the instructions below:
- Go to www.gmail.com
- In the login box, enter your username and password
- Click on “Sign in”
- You will be redirected to your account
Forgot your Password?
If you have forgotten your password, there is nothing to worry about because Gmail has you covered. Follow the instructions below:
- Click on sign in
- Enter your email Address
- Below the sign in button you can find “Forgot Password”
- Click on Forgot Password
- Enter the last password that you can remember
- Click on Continue
- You will be given two options to send a verification code, phone or email
- Select any one
- A verification code will be sent to you
- Enter the 6-digit verification code and Click on “Continue”
- A new page will be displayed
- Create a new password
- Confirm the new password
- Click on create new password
We have looked at how you can pitch your music to a radio station and also looked at how you can set up a Gmail account. The ball is now in your court.