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. I've been working on some material for a good while now, and was hoping to do a run of 50 cassettes. I looked through some other threads, and was able to find resources in terms of the production and manufacturing of the release. I just had a few questions in relation to promoting the cassette. I'm obviously not in it for money, but i would like to get people to hear it. I looked through some older threads and acquired some advice, but I just have a few questions of my own. I appreciate any advice that is passed on. I want to make sure the samples are good quality, and also that the ordering system is handy. In relation to promoting:

Is it worth sending your releases to be reviewed? I was thinking of sending my releases to websites/blogs
(altered zones, silent ballet, dusted, foxy d etc...) If anyone had any other sites to recommend, that would be great

Would it be worthwhile sending it to peoples blogs? I've been following some interesting blogs for a while, and was considering sending it to them to promote it. I don't know if this is a waste of time or not???

Is it a good idea to get setup with a distribution company?? I've heard mixed things about the use of distribution. Is it worth the money? Would a distribution company be able to get my releases up onto online retail stores??

Labels: I was thinking of sending some to these, too. Good quality links if they prefer to download, or a nice package if they prefer something physical. Is it worth sending stuff out? Should I send Soundcloud links unless otherwise stated? i.e. we prefer a physical copy

I'm planning on setting up a bandcamp, last.fm page, and a website so people can order from the site directly.

I'd appreciate any advice people have for me, or any other suggestions which I may have missed.

I must emphasize that i'm not looking for economic success/financial rewards, but just my work to be heard.
 

chutneyfarmer

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Depending on what sort of music you're releasing, there may be no point whatsoever sending it off to Phantom, State etc. From what I've gathered from speaking to ya, and the fact that it's being released on tape, I'm imagining it will be some sort of noise or drone stuff you're putting out??

If you a re doing a run of 50 tapes, there's no point in sending a load of em off to be reviewed by folks who would normally only listen and consider more "traditional" music. If you're sending stuff out, make sure ya send it to folks who understand, appreciate and promote the kind of music you're putting out there.

Set up the bandcamp/soundcloud etc with tracks for folks to hear, set up a paypal account for payments, send a few off to online stores such as Norman Records (who also review the stuff they get in weekly), send a few off to blogs such as Foxy Digitalis and the ones you listed. Also promote it on some relevant message boards (Fangs & Arrows, Iheartnoise, Harshnoise, Thumped etc.)

Ususally once people start buying it, reviews will pop up on other people's personal blogs too. Word of mouth plays a large part in music these days.

Don't bother with a distro if you're only doing a few small runs of tapes. Just don't be a flake when it comes to posting out people's purchases and make sure ya have regular time to head to the post office each week.

Don't bother sending stuff to labels, usually the folks into that kinda music will contact you if they want to put stuff out, or else you'll end up chatting to them online and arranging releases in a more casual manner.
 

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