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Let’s Talk About Submissions

One of the most important things to get a radio play, getting noticed and all of such kind. There are a lot of things which artists could do wrong. So I thought it is about time to talk a bit about it! I really could tell you stories about it which could fill books. But yes lets keep it simple.

What Shouldn’t You Do

Lets start with the worst things you could do as an artist:
– Drop links on comments or tweets (This is not a submission, it is simply rude to jump on shoutouts)
– Drop Spotify links in a DM (Thats not a submission at all)
– Asking via DM/on a tweet “how to submit music”

All 3 points seem to me a simple laziness. In fact simply check out the stations website, there you can see how to submit correctly. Once I did a test and were telling those in DM’s how and where to submit to. Out of 100 I recieved 2 submission. Replying to such messages are simply a waste of time.

There are a lot more examples, but those 3 are really the worst things.

How To Submit In a Correct Way!

Pretty easy. Check out the radio station website. There you can always see how to submit. Via E-Mail, upload area and so.
Be aware. Radio stations need mp3 or wav files (MP3 is the best file type) Simply attach them or use a dropbox link. We do NOT want or need Spotify links. We arent allowed to stream music from any digital platform (Spotify, Soundcloud) It is in their terms of use, and also in our license agreement.
What else? Make sure the mp3 files have the correct meta tags. Very important so we know who is the Band/Artist, what is the name of the song! If you dont know anything about meta tags, maybe google it. Or well we will write an article about it too.
When you contact a station the first time, make sure to write a bit about the band. Don’t start with where you have been played already and how many awards you have won. They are a nice add on but shouldn’t be mentioned as first. You could add it at the end.

Be Patient!

As last I would like to tell you. Be patient! Since the pandemic started, we have recieved a lot of new submissions. TFSC is at the moment 3 – 4 weeks behind in the submissions. We simply can’t work fast enough on them anymore to stay up to date.
Saying this please don’t forget to not use expandable links, like WeTransfer. We would have to ask you to send them once again, as they only last for 2 weeks.

So yes thats the short info how to do it. I am sure there is a lot more to add. For now I might just tell you Happy Submitting! Keep em coming, because we love music!

1 thought on “Let’s Talk About Submissions”

  1. This is a great article and I hope people take notice. I totally understand how much time it must take up. I for one would like to thank you for everything you do, for the way you engage with artists is really lovely. I love your tweets and ‘though I am hit and miss about getting to see them all, when I am there I have such a good time, the participation is such fun, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. ❤️🌹

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