Demo Submission guidelines
What information to include in your demo submission
Do you think you have what it takes to join the Self Made roster? If you want to send us a demo of your stuff, before sending a thing read out submissions guidelines
- CD with music (Some bands include a DVD with live footage and/or music videos)
- Tip: You should write your band name and contact information on the disc.
- Tip: Show us what you want us to hear. Don’t send a laundry list of changes that you’ll be making to the music. Just send us the final version after all the changes are made.
- Band name
- Contact information
- Band and/or Facebook URL
- Bio / band member information
- Sales history for any self-released music (full-lengths, EPs, single song sales from iTunes, etc.)
- Stats from your Twitter, Facebook and Myspace pages (plays, friends, profile views, etc.)
- A few reviews from the web
- Any radio support
- Touring history (what areas you’ve played, what bands you’ve played or toured with, biggest crowds you’ve played for, etc.)
- Future plans for releases, recording, touring, marketing, etc.
Demos are not the only way to get our attention. At Self Made Records we try to be active in the music community. We hear about bands online all the time and head out to shows when we can. We also get recommendations from our bands, booking agents, managers and friends about new bands they’ve played with or seen, bands they’ve heard online, bands they’ve heard are doing very well in certain markets, etc. Basically, the more you’re out there touring, promoting and working hard, the more chances there are that we’ll hear about it. A strong work ethic and a positive attitude will shine through.
What not to do!
Don’t flood any avenue to Self Made Records with messages, emails or calls. Don’t have all your friends post messages on the label staff’s Twitter accounts. Don’t email a staff member huge file attachments of your songs without them suggesting it first. Don’t call the office promoting your band. Everyone is very busy with their respective duties and doesn’t have time to hear about how many kids you played to last night. We try our best to be very available to fans and bands but this is discouraging when someone abuses it. Instead of all of that, put together a big one sheet of information that includes all the reasons you’d make a great addition to the Self Made roster!