What Demo submissions we accept and the way we go about things. If your music is already public we will have to leave it alone. Please do not make your music public if you are submitting a demo. I use this page to weed out people who don’t want me to listen to their music – if you don’t send me the music on my terms, why should I listen to it?
The Demo Submissions We Accept
You are expected to know of the artists already on the label having been to one of their gigs or purchased an album of theirs. Focused Silence is an experimental music label – we accept demos from most of sub-genres of experimental music; Drone, Free Jazz, Glitch, Noise, the Avant-Garde as electronic & acoustic, as well as Field Recordings.
If your track has a structured beat, chances are we will not take you up on it. Also, we have been getting quite a few Indie bands – we are an experimental music label and we do no want a ‘soulful voice with acoustic guitar’ for the label. There are plenty of other music labels out there who can help with that sort of music, we would not know where to begin with it and we would not be able to help you.
Submit a Demo
The best method is to submit your release as MP3 files with a bit of a cover letter. Bung it all in a .zip file (include your cover letter, contact details & your Bio in the .zip) and send it to me using WeTransfer to [email protected] It is very safe and I will try to listen to all demos (if they have a covering letter).
Because your demo will be as MP3 files there would be nothing I could do with them if I wanted to hoodwink you. Upon agreement of a deal we will swap the WAV files.
Do You ‘Do’ Contracts
Yes we do. This is so that both the artist and me know where we stand.
We agree to limit the run of CDs of your release to an edition of 50 copies. You will receive 25 CDs in the post for you to sell on your own.
This is your %%%.
Focused Silence will then try and sell their %%% of CDs from this website. You have the use of your Bandcamp to sell your album that we fund the mastering, pressing and packaging for (inc. downloads).
And we will get PR for the release from an industry leader. We do not deal with the bigger stores anymore, like Spotify or iTunes – if you want your release on the bigger stores then we can help advise.
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