You're requesting a review at Ye Olde Sleeping Village, and you want to do it right. Why? To avoid being shuffled into the deepest recesses of the promo pit. If you want to maximize your chances of being reviewed, the following is a brief breakdown of what you need to send, and where you need to send it. Hence: submission guidelines. Read 'em. Study 'em.
Once you've compiled the following info into a tidy package, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and--this is important--have a subject line that includes your band name and something indicating that it is, in fact, a review request. If you send via Instagram, I will direct you to our inbox. I do so for two reasons: firstly, it’s an easily searchable, and secondly, it affords you the opportunity to send the items discussed below. That said, I do appreciate DM's--especially if we have talked before! If we haven't talked before, reach out and start networking!
Most importantly, if you are uncertain about anything in regards to the submission process, please, please don’t be afraid to ask!
1. The music.
Here's the deal: You need to give it to us.* We do this for free, so we sure as hell can't afford to buy music in order to review it. Different sites all prefer different formats, but here’s what works best for us: bandcamp yum codes. You get 'em for free, so use 'em! Do not send youtube links, they are remarkably inconvenient. Ultimately, I highly recommend you use bandcamp for a wide bevy of reasons, so this is usually the best solution.
An album cover. A band photo, if you have it.
3. Info about your band.
This is the most subjective of the elements required. In short, you need to BRIEFLY introduce your band, influences, mission statement, and anything else you feel is ESSENTIAL to your band’s identity. Here, think carefully about how your bio fits with your music. If you are a lo-fi black metal loner, make sure your introduction reflects that aesthetic. It’s also incredibly helpful, from the reviewer's perspective, for you to list location, band members, and their respective instrument(s).
4. Various info
Label name, release dates, pre-order info. The reviewer needs to be able to access (presumably accurate) information about your release.
5. Social media
Links to all social media accounts. We will tag your band profusely, and if we don't know how to get in touch, it's gonna be hard for us to get the word out should a review be published.
And that'll do it! Looking forward to hearing what you've got.
*you’d be shocked how many people ask for reviews without sending the music. Shocked, I tell you!
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