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I love listening and sending feedback on new music and I spend lots of time curating playlists. My day job involves promoting artists to playlisters on the streaming services! (www.dpgworldwide.com), and I've worked with over 150 artists at DPG to help artistsget their music heard. - Andrea Andrea Young now runs DPG Worldwide, a successful artist development company focused on working with emerging and established artists for promotion, playlisting and social media. She is also President of Aspenbeat, a record label which promotes music, especially new music, as much as possible. Young has worked in the music business for a major label and distribution company, owned a music retail chain, was part of the group which began SoundScan, founded the company that computerized the retail and wholesale music industry, and served as Chairman and President of Aspen Public Radio. When she isn’t tending to the business of music, Andrea is always looking for new music that she can't help but play over and over again on her playlists. Some recent feedback from fluence submissions: "Thanks a lot!! One of the most useful feedbacks we've received" "Thank you Andrea for giving me this wonderful feedback. Your artistic sensitivity and the nuances of my project you understood, explored with me and expressed so well...Thank you again - you truly made Fluence a wonderful experience for me."
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This is so engaging on so many levels! You should not have any doubts about your talent or your ability to get your music heard. I agree with you, its just a matter of getting it out there ‘to the right people’ who will get it to as many people as possible. Paraphrasing that old adage – if you want to ‘sell’ 500,000 records, you need to meet 500,000 people (Taylor Swift’s manager early in her career). I imagined it would fit into acoustic, chill pop circles when I first began to listen, but it then evolved directly into a country sound. Your vocals are charming, and the video engages me as well as the track (not often the case). I don’t have this type of heartbreak in my life right now, but I still fully resonate with it and want to sing along – that’s what I am always looking for as a curator, no matter the genre or soundstyle. My only issue is that it ends abruptly for me, both when viewing the video, and when listening audio only. I would suggest a further chorus or extended ending somehow. Would love to continue a conversation with you on helping to expand your reach and exposure (my day job), will send an email shortly here on more about the business of getting your music heard. So well done! You and your team have done your homework and done it well to position your music for further attention. Thanks so much for sending and good luck with it!
I very much like your musical and sound style on this track. The video is incredibly intense, very well done, but I’m not sure I would watch it more than once because of its intense subject matter (covid deaths). The track as well would be tough to listen to over and over again (what I love to do) because of its subject matter of death and the circumstances surrounding it in such an overtly direct manner. Not sure our culture can take this much directness about this subject matter! But that is just my opinion, and the best thing to do is to take it to market and see what feedback you get on it. And, at the same time, to participate in the streaming space, so that you begin to get your brand known, whatever that might be (your directness in your songs might be part of your brand). Some other notes: -The track is fairly long (5:48), and its tough to place longer tracks generally. It sounds like you could easily make a shorter version if you cut the beginning and ending of the track (not sure the ending really has enough to do with the rest of it anyway), if that doesn’t put you off. You can always release this ‘extended’ version of it (releasing it twice like that can be a plus). Also, if you’re going to ‘play’ in the streaming space, I’d recommend filling out your streaming platform profile (for ex, Spotify) with your bio and photos and links to your socials (if you are on socials). I’d also recommend adding your website, social and streaming links, and lyrics to your fluence submissions, it makes it easier to connect and follow through. Thanks very much for your submission, good luck with your music! I see your email to me on DPG and I’ll respond to that in a minute here!
Well done 8 bit track. This is a bit of a rock opera with all of its' themes and soundscapes and tempo changes. I'm not a huge listener of 8 bit based songs, but I appreciate how you put this all together! I took a look for an artist profile for you on Spotify and didn't find one. Next step might be to start to work to get further exposure for your music on the online platforms like Spotify, Amazon and all. I'd suggest finding the community of 8 bit musicians and joining them wherever they are on social and streaming platforms. Thanks so much for the opportunity to hear your creativity in this realm, good luck with your music!
Right in the pocket as far as club sound and soundstyle, and so relevant to everything happening with COVID and clubs, live DJS and the like. Love that you are responding to circumstances with your music! I'm beginning to see some opportunities for live DJs on line, hope you are checking those out. This is not a style of music that is in my personal taste, but I appreciate how well it has been crafted (and like the track art too by the way). Took a quick look around online and didn't find you on Spotify or Soundcloud. Hope you are building your community on whatever online platform suits you best, that is the one way to get further recognition for your art for the moment as you are aware. Thanks for your submission, hope this was helpful somehow to you, good luck with your music!
This track doesn’t really resonate with me until about 1 minute in for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on (maybe you can?), and then I’m rocking to it. Great production values, but personally I’m not a big fan of the #edm #club music soundstyle in general, so it would be challenging for me to find a place for this. Love the way you’ve got all your bases covered on Spotify and socials on your profiles, doing everything right there, and would also suggest some evidence of your collaborations with your vocalists for ex and possibly pointing to some of the gear you use, something to help me connect further with you musically. ‘We Relight’ lyric is very cool and positive, but sort of a non-standard phrase to repeat, not sure I’m totally on board with it (yet). The track grows on me as I listen to it. Hope that’s helpful, thanks for the intro to your music, thanks for your submission!
The energy of the rhythm of this track kept me listening. Its got a truly unique musical signature which might make it a challenge to play to a specific community of listeners like indie pop or indie rock. Slight hiccup in the vocals/music around 2:38 which you might want to address before releasing. Tried to find you on Spotify and didn't come up with an Artist Profile, so you've got some work ahead of you as you release these tracks under your new Artist Profile name! You might begin with the 37 followers of Manistone on Spot, the 101 on IG, the 159 on FB and hopefully something of a local following? Would let all of them know of the change and that you've got new tunes on the way to help get things started. Love the lyrical feel of this track. Thanks for the opportunity to give some feedback, good luck with your music!
Very well done and this could be a fit for instrumental study/focus/chill and house/club playlists. It is a bit repetitive within our personal taste and doesn’t quite resonant enough for us to add to playlists unfortunately. The symbol in your name can make it challenging to find your profile on the streaming platforms, and when calling out to play your music through the voice assistants. I finally did find you on Spotify, but could not search for your name, searched for the name of the track to find you, fyi. Highly recommend linking your socials on Spotify’s Artist Profile page through Spotify for Artists, and adding a bio and photos. Hope this is helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Fabulous production values, this sounds so amazing in my headphones and that is so rare that it makes me want to reach out and find out who mixed and mastered this. The track totally has my attention except for the chorus, first heard at :51, where the background vocals on ‘what we do today’ have a bit of a pitchy sound to my ears and lose me. So close to adding to playlists, as I love the reggae sound and again, so well produced. You and your team are obviously very technically proficient on following best practices online too, noting your use of linktree, driving traffic to Spotify on your website etc (would love to know how you added artwork on your Spotify Artist Pick). Would further recommend adding your IG profile to your Spotify profile for it to be complete. Hope that’s helpful, thanks for your submission, best of luck with getting your music heard!
Very sexy and appealing, but the vocals sound a bit behind the instrumentation in our headphones, and are a bit hidden somehow, and possibly even a bit pitchy, we can’t quite tell. So many great elements here, it’s a catchy track and video! Love your highlighting the list of online platforms at the top of your website, very effective. I listened on Spotify and found Close To You that I very much resonate with, and added it to my ‘Women Who Rock’ playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1wcOznHGpmhpwQx0UU5fbY?si=nJo-J9z_Q6GZCxliAwrwMA. Follow Aspenbeat and the playlist as possible, thank you! “Stay on your path and don’t despair” (from your Listen To Your Dreams track) – hope you do just that. With 10 followers on your Spotify Artist Profile, you are just this minute getting started, I encourage you to stay on it, it’s a marathon not a sprint to find fans and engage them, especially right now. Hope that’s helpful, thanks for sharing your music with me, best of luck with getting it heard!
Charming and intriguing sound that could do well on dreamy pop/bedroom pop/chill types of playlists. I see the track on Spot's SAlt editorial playlist, but not beyond that in their playlisting ecosystem, so that's one place to continue to look to develop fan followings and constant listening that will then be noticed by the algorithms. This track is beautiful, but the sound is a bit lofi in my headphones and it doesn't quite spark constant listening for me quite yet. I'll check out some other tracks on Chantel's profile and see if I can find something else more of a fit for my playlists and podcasts. Thanks for all the detailed info in the Description. Would suggest link to Spotify profile as well everywhere, since again, you are looking to further spark the algorithms to move from a feature on SAlt to features on bigger playlists. Hope that's helpful, thanks for the submission and introduction to Chantel's music!
Love your all's style in the video, that draws me in to listen, there's star quality being developed there, by everyone in the band. Makes me want to learn more about you. This track gets a bit repetitive to me, I went searching for other tracks on Spot to listen to -- nice job posting the Retro playlist on your profile, and I love seeing your track just ahead of Devo, INXS, Billy Joel. Your music sounded vaguely familiar (Song That Rang On), so I went back to fluence history, and found my notes on your other submission. I am definitely a future fan! I don't quite have a place for your music yet in my playlists -- but I'd love to hear more, especially a ballad/blues tune at some point. Great music being developed here! Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music.
Cool video that perfectly accompanies the music (or vice versa). The song ends rather abruptly for me, I'm expecting more development and time in the theme somehow. I am not grabbed by the start of the track, and this is not quite our personal style or taste, but , I can get into the rhythm of it by mid track and really like the vocals and arrangement around the :50 mark and on...With some further development, it might be something we'd listen to and feature. Hope that is helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music and developing your signature style and tone!
I think what I can give you here is big encouragement. I LOVE the timbre of your voice, vocals and harmonies. I want to hear more, but I am not drawn to the production of this track, or the melody/lyrics, until about 2:40 in, when it repeats the chorus. That draws me in, but not soon enough to consider adding to playlists or mixtapes. Interestingly, same with 'Ashby' -- not drawn in until about 2 minutes in when listening. Not sure why, just an observation. Would recommend you take advantage of every tool the streaming sites have to help you as an emerging artist, both Pandora and Spotify have many, and they blog about them, they're available for free. Great artist tools to build engagement and a fanbase. Work hard to get your music out there yourself right now. Hope this is helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Well done! with composition, production, arrangement, performance, and hit potential in the singer-songwriter realm. It sounds like something that would fit in nicely on Sirius XM Coffeehouse. I see you are just beginning your journey of getting fans on Spotify (103 followers) and getting your music heard. I've got a new 'Aspenbeat Under The Radar' playlist that I'm adding this track to. Please follow the playlist and Aspenbeat on Spotify as you can, thank you. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5pDqDuEEz3hNFNdZDO1qvj?si=TMZTfdSoRSKGU3vW8cwTRw. I think at this point its a matter of your continuing to release new music in a persistent manner so that more and more people find and listen to it. You can DIY if you wish/need to, and use all the promotion and marketing tools you can glean (so much free on the web these days on how to do that) to help people find it. I'd also recommend making a list of similar artists, both established and emerging, and creating a playlist with those artists and your track on it next to their tracks, and post it on your Spot Artist Profile. That can further define where you music belongs in the ecosystem. Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Appealing art drew us in. Great vocal tone and pop style, although there's a tiny bit of a bobble in the vocals right at the start for me in the beginning for me (in 'more than a friend' lyric) that I might suggest re-rerecording/mixing (it almost disappears after a few listens though). The track picks up steam and I'm a fan of your vocal expression with the chorus, which is the part of the song I resonate with. Get a bit lost at 2:10 with the slow segue, but then the chorus brings me back again. This isn't quite our personal style or taste lyrically, but there's much talent here vocally especially, hope you stay with it and continue to express yourself through your music. Hope that's helpful to you, good luck with your music, thanks for your submission!
Tightly woven sound and great musicianship! This doesn't quite resonate with our personal taste or style, we do not have a place for it on our playlists, but we do appreciate your musical expression. Looked on Spot and IG and you all have a path in front of you to get this music heard further with the fans and audience who want to hear it, hope you keep on with it. One idea to that end might be to form more community with other like-sounding musicians, supporting their efforts as well, and, joining web based groups who revolve around the spirit and sound of what you're creating. Also to mention, it would be great to see the lyrics to possibly further resonate. Wish I could be more helpful, but thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Love the visuals and inside look at you at work playing guitar and piano. Really brings the track to life. And really like the discordant harmonies on this as well, but not sure where to place this on playlists because of its unusual discordant nature at the same time. Your artist name is a bit out of the ordinary and gave me a way different impression of what I was expecting to hear, so that is a bit distracting to start. Your 'Description' below is one of the most well thought out and comprehensive I've seen, great job with similar artist statements and the like. I'm going to pass on this, but regretfully. I really like it, and will listen privately to it for a bit here and see if I can figure out where to place it further, or if your video can be used somehow in showing artists what it means to compose and record a song, so much to love just in that. Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Sam Smith style voice!! Love the vocals, and production and arrangement are fine, but they don't quite grab me, even though I def like lots of elements of this. Not convinced 'specifically you' is a catchy phrase I'd repeat myself. But again, I really like lots about this, I'd release it. Are you the same Parris Mitchell on Spot? No artist bio, photos or link to socials, I'm a fan but I don't have a way to connect with you further. Would suggest making it easy for someone like to me to follow you. Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music
Hey Viktor! Thanks for getting in touch and paying attention to our feedback and also checking us out on our socials, it all helps ;) Love this. Great imagery in the lyrics ("she turned back the time on her watch, as starlight was spread through the dark")! Very Beatles-esque with lyrics and also a bit of a reminder in the melodies and the instrumentation of those as well. There’s a bit much going on for traditional pop/singersongwriter types of outlets that may work against the track being picked up – would be interesting to take it out to them and see what they say as this is a bit outside their box (especially with the hard start on this track). But its lovely, listening over and over. There’s lots of mood in this piece that can engage with playlists and blogs like chill, singer-songwriter, calm, acoustic, and I'd recommend you reach out to those communities. Also multi-instrumentalist communities! You might do some DIY to connect with some of these outlets/communities and get some feedback and features from them. We'll add it to our own Aspenbeat playlists (https://open.spotify.com/user/aspenbeat?si=msQRPqdUT1qDeyDTEF-pGg) and try it out to see where it fits with the rest of the music we listen to over and over again. Sometimes music needs to be 'seasoned' a bit to fall completely in love with it. Looks like you have lots of work to do as an emerging artist, with a handful of followers and listens to start on the online platforms. I am glad to see you are releasing some tracks fairly quickly here, that would be my advice to build your following. I'd say talk up your music -- and the process and experience of creating it -- on socials, and connect with other like artists and the above-mentioned to grow your community. These are all things I think you already know and are doing, but I'd say stay in it, stay in it for the long haul, it takes so much time these days to get a foothold. And share as much as you can with everyone about your process. It is lovely, lovely music with so much soul and talent behind it, and I would love to hear some additional tracks from you besides Sad Song and this one, and hear how you further develop your sound as you continue to finetune your art and craft. Thanks for all of the links and info, really helps to follow and support you by the way! Hope this is all helpful in some way to you. We run (paid) press and playlisting campaigns through my day job as head of DPG Worldwide (dpgworldwide.com), if you are ever interested in having us help on your journey, feel free to get in touch.
Great optics and thanks for the honesty in your lyrics and in your description notes, they help cut through the noise. Inspiring modern rock energy in the tradition of great rock and punk energy of the past like that rock band of all time The Rolling Stones, its got that same kind of energy. I like it, find myself turning it up, and the video draws me in, there's lots of charisma in it that I think helps the track. But the track itself is a bit short, I don't get to feel the feelings of the track long enough to latch onto it. I'm not sure I can find a place for it on playlists, ie, not sure where it would fit in with other tracks we tend to feature. But that shouldn't be any kind of discouragement. I'm on Spot and you've got 11 Artist Profile followers, I'd suggest working hard to send fans there and to other online platforms to listen and follow you all. Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
This holds lots of promise, with its' alt pop vibe which can be popular with blogs and playlists, and at the same time it does not quite resonant for us to add it to playlists. Looks like you all are just starting out and I'd say this track reflects that. The track doesn't quite meld the way we might expect it to, that might be a matter of improving production value or just continuing on your musical journey together. Would recommend including website, social and streaming (if there are any) links and lyrics when submitting, and some of the story behind the band to draw us in as potential fans, whatever your story. Hope that is helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music
Given that I love solo piano compositions, I very much appreciate this and the recording clarity on it. But it's very short! -- it ends abruptly for me. I'm on your Spot profile and there are other tracks that resonate more with me, for ex Van Gogh. I'll add that and possibly some others to my playlists. Thanks for your submission! Good luck with your music.
The production (meaning the mix and master) on this is AMAZING. Sounds so good in my headphones that even though the track doesn't completely resonate for me personally, I love listening to it. So much talent!! and a really well done, attractive and contemporary 'electronic pop-bop' arrangement on this (great phrase to describe your music). I couldn't find you on Spot when I typed in 'Ky' (might be too short a name to find?) so I went to your website and found your Spot profile through that. Not sure your typical fan would know to do that, so might want to keep an eye on that, ie the search engine on Spot isn't finding you yet. I very much like your sound, but having a tough time finding a tune that I totally resonate with so far on your profile, at first listen, being honest. Will keep listening! Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
This sounds a bit murky in my headphones, might suggest doing some further refining of mix and master on this track. This particular song doesn't resonate with me -- again it could be that it needs to be further produced to draw me in, or it might be that its a bit more of a garage rock/jam than my personal taste. I can't find you all on the streaming platforms, are you just starting out as musicians? Would love to see some video of the two of you, I think that would really help me to further embrace your music. Also would be great to see the lyrics, again for the purposes of drawing me in. Hope that's helpful, thanks so much for your submission, good luck with your music!
Again, this sounds really good in my headphones, great production values, which is certainly not always the case with new artists. I personally like the first track better than this, it had more fine-tuned vocals I thought. Also, this track is more in the Adult Contemporary/MOR format and genre, and that style of song is typically tough to get attention for on the streaming platforms right now, so you might have to resort to other avenues to get your music heard, ie, show dates, engaging fans of other similar artists, in order to try to find your own fans and build your following. Also would suggest you release one track, followed by another at a later day, so you can pitch twice to Spotify for potential editorial consideration. Really a long shot, but worth it to try, I think, and since you don't have an artist profile up yet on Spot (that I can find), the first track released is going to get a little lost possibly, so you want to work out the kinks on that track first.....Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submissions, good luck with your music!
Well done production wise, it sounds really good in my headphones, which is always helpful! It's got sort of an old-school musical style (no electronic elements for ex), so there might be limited commercial viability. But its incredibly melodic in instrumentals and vocals. This track in particular is not my personal style or taste, but I'd love to hear other tracks that you might be working on as well, there could be a 'constant repeat' in there somewhere, since I love the melodic style of this. I looked you up on Spot and this must be your first release? Much work to do to engage your fans! These days that will make the difference in getting your music heard when there are literally an average of 40,000 tracks per day being released on the streaming platforms. Would like to see lyrics btw, to see if I better relate to the track. Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Love the optics and the incredibly creative lyric video polaroid photo theme! I don't resonate with the #hardpop sound or the track/lyrics as much as I'd like to, personally it is not quite my style or taste. But it is very well done, and lots of talent here in the performance and production. A few notes that I hope are helpful - you might want to release a non-explicit version an explicit track next time as explicit materials are sometimes left out of playlists/radio play. Also be sure not to pay for streams or views -- not sure if you have or not, the playlists that are featuring the track on Spot are all the same playlister and all fairly large, so that brings up the question -- it just muddies the waters and usually doesn't result in the kind of traction/engagement you are looking for on the streaming platforms. I'm intrigued to see where you all go from here with your sound, again so much talent and so well done for an emerging artist. My day job is artist development through my label services company (www.dpgworldwide.com), but it sounds like you are looking more for someone who has contacts who can help you leapfrog the path of finding and engaging fans. You might try finding similar-sound artists and contact their manager(s) to see if it might be a fit. Hope that's all helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Hi Chris! I like the vocals on this, but don't quite resonate with the lyrics. It's not quite my personal style or taste, but, you've noted you've got some good support, so sounds like you've found your fans and that is awesome!! I'd suggest asking for their help in getting word out about your music on socials and the streaming platforms. And I'd suggest to immediately start releasing your tracks on the streaming platforms so your fans have a place to listen and support you further. These days it can be quite inexpensive to release music through DistroKid or CD Baby for example. I'd also suggest reading up on all of Spotify's tutorials, they speak directly to independent artists like yourself to figure out how to manage your profile and music online. Hope that's helpful! Thanks for your submission, and good luck with getting your music heard!
Love the subject matter of this track! It's definitely all in MY head :) The track itself doesn't quite resonate and isn't quite our personal style or taste though, and the same with the art, not quite our style. At the same time, it's really well done! Thanks for sending such complete links and info, makes a big difference. Followed you on Spot, Ig and Tw so I can keep up with any new music you might release. I don't think you have to really identify only one genre for it by the way, you can reach out to multiple genres with this track, calling it singer songwriter, or indie pop or adult contemporary. Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission! Good luck with your music.
Turn it up! This rocks a little too hard for my personal style and taste but it is an awesome, driving, energy-filled well-constructed, head-banging track. Would love to see you all play live. Great anthem for our time. Makes me want to start a revolution! Followed you on Yt, Spot and Ig. I think you can further develop your streams online by reaching out to the hard heavy rock community on socials and on the platforms and building community there with other like-sounding bands. You all are rock stars! Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music.
I have to say my ears do not enjoy the intro of this piece, and I don't hear that it reflects the rest of the sonic feel of it. These days the intro is one of the most important parts of a work of music since most everyone is so time-challenged and are making decisions on whether they want to continue based on the intro. This also rambles a bit for me so that I can't quite grab onto it long enough, although I really do like the sound and feel of it, especially the vocals and instrumentation after it gets going. It's more a rock opera than a track for me since there are so many different things going on at the same time. Would like to see the lyrics. Thanks for your submission, hope that's helpful in some way, good luck with your music!
I'm not sure this track is something I'm going to want to listen to until at about 21 seconds, and then I'm in. Love the laid back soul-pop-hiphop-bedroompop vibe of this. Adding it to playlists, it's an earworm. I'd like it to be a bit longer, it ends before I'm ready for it to, but it is perfect in so many ways. Thanks for sending and introducing me to your music!
Wow, the optics on this make me want to listen more, find more music from you all (which I can't find except for a bit of you and Van on Ytube). Love your style of jazz/singer-songwriter/pop genre-bending music. Lyrics and songwriting really resonate. Not sure if its the studio or the recording, but the levels are a bit flat for me on this, my ears want to hear more range somehow technically, could just be the live performance of it. Vocals are a bit scratchy here and there too, but your and the band's strong charismas shine through on this. Bottom line, I want to hear more! Would love to help you all get your music heard if you are planning a release strategy (which you should), and would love to hear a studio version of this track and the other tracks on your upcoming EP. Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Wow, your cred is spectacular. That will get you in the door in many places. Your streams on Spot don't reflect any of that yet. Love your photo shoot optics on your profile there, mesmerizing. There's something about the production of this track that doesn't sit well with my ears, might be the reverb too upfront, I'm not an engineer so I can't quite put my finger on it, but it makes it so I can't quite listen and engage as intently as I'd like to with the vocals and guitar, and I'd like to! I want to hear more, I see this is your first release ever as Future Moons, I'm hoping there is something in the future that you release that will resonate completely for me. Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, best and good luck with your upcoming releases!!
Technically we can hear the virtuoso guitar-playing talent in this! The track itself doesn't quite move us, it's more a display of technical skill for us, and the different instrumentations almost feel like they exist within themselves instead of together. Love your story that you are picking back up the instrument you love after a hiatus. Is your goal to release tracks commercially? If so, would suggest further mixing/mastering, as the sound on this is quite murky. Hope that is helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
This is amazing. Of the 2 tracks you submitted, I'd pick this instrumental to take out first. It has the same very murky sound, so still recommending further mixing/mastering or even re-recording. My ears can't really listen as much as I'd like given that technical issue, but I do want to listen more to this! Not a traditional song structure exactly, more like a 4 minute riff. Have you released any music ever on the streaming platforms? (can't find you there). Are you touring/playing anywhere? There's a fanbase for this kind of guitar-centric talent, if you're interested in finding them, one thing you can do is somehow engage with your long list of guitar great influences below, and with their fans who could very well appreciate what you're doing. But I'd say you've got to work on the sound of the tracks so that they are clear and upfront first. Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with getting your music heard!
The track draws us in to listen with its steady beat and heavy rock sensibility. It doesn't really evolve beyond that, but its a solid track. It'll have a niche audience that in our experience can be challenging to build, but maybe you aren't creating this for others to hear as much as to satisfy your own self expression, that's cool too. The aesthetics of the sound are murky, so its not something our ears will want to listen to over and over again, but we like it. I believe your sound/compositions will need to be developed further in order to attract other listeners, but that's just an opinion, do what your head/heart tell you to do! Would definitely recommend coming up with a release plan, even if the release plan is 'no plan', and work it in order to gain fans if that is important to you. Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
There's much I like about the sound of this track and its' alt vibe musically. I didn't know what to expect given the artwork (we would have expected a heavier party vibe) and your artist name. We don't resonate with the lyrics as much as we'd like to, so this is not quite our personal style, but again, we really appreciate many of the elements of the track. It ends somewhat early for us, the track may benefit by a repeat of the chorus possibly? Also, it really helps if you can send links to socials and streaming platforms so we can look around and listen further, and lyrics too, but its possible you are a new artist, we've found an artist profile on Spotify but no tracks published yet there. Hope you release your music soon, good luck with it and thanks for this submission!
The video footage is astounding. The song starts out beautifully sonically ad really draws me in. But I get sort of lost in it after the opening, and then I'm not entirely sure what the message is -- beauty or disaster -- given the video footage of the smokestacks and other climate issues sometimes shown. Don't have the lyrics to really be able to tell, so I'm making assumptions. The music has a very celebratory tone, so there's a bit of confusion on my part to listen to the track and see the damage to the earth, not sure how to feel! Hope that's helpful. Thanks so much for sharing the beauty of this track, hope that was helpful, good luck with your music!
Love what you're doing here, would recommend that you start to pay attention to Spotify and other streaming platforms to activate and engage your fanbase, starting with all the dancers and friends in this video. Fill in your artist profile on Spotify especially (most accessible platform but pay attention to the others too), with your bio and photos and links to socials. Then ask your family, friends and fans to 'heart' your profile, listen to your tracks there, save them to their own music library, and add them to their own playlists. That can help you start to get some attention from new fans online than anything else. Your music deserves to be heard, but you'll need to spend resources promoting it as well as recording it. Love your energy, your honestly and your vibe on these. Thanks for this submission, good luck with your music!
Thanks for sending the track over. It and the video speak volumes that need to be said, and we appreciate Zion for that. Really well done all the way around. We don't feature much hip hop on our shows and playlists, and the track isn't particularly our personal style. But that doesn't mean we don't appreciate it, it is worthy of as much attention as you can find for it. One thing we'd suggest is to fill out your profile on Spotify with a bio, pics and social media links, so that fans can know as much about you and your music as possible when they find you. I have no doubt you will succeed in whatever your goals and mission are. Thanks for your submission, and reminding me this morning of how precious life is and how we can help each other through the 'intense feelings'. Good luck with your music!
Someone commented on one of your Ig posts, "A little bit of Foreigner in a little bit of Sinatra", and that says it for me. I really like the rock arrangement/instrumentation on the track, well done, but somehow the vocals don't quite match the tone of the track for me, its like a dissonance, and I'm having a tough time relating to the lyrics. I'm really drawn in around 1:10 through the guitar solo. Cover art is amazing. Be careful not to buy streams or follows, it just clouds the picture of what's really going on, and what we're all really interested in is how is the market reacting to your music (and what our ears are telling us). Lots here, especially love the guitar riffs throughout the song, they draw me in more than anything else. Thanks for your submission, hope that's helpful, good luck with your music!
Love what you are creating here. Reminds me a bit of Tim Atlas 'Tangerine' with its' lofi, chillwave, bedroom pop sound. It's a bit long for me, wouldn't mind it being a minute or two shorter, would help me want to repeat it more often. The harmonies are not quite melding together for me the way my ears want them to, I'd suggest working on that. But its a solid track, its very close to being an earworm. Thanks for all the links below, you made it really easy for me to be able to find you and follow you on the platforms, which is what the platform marketing teams will tell you will give you the best chance of getting your music heard. Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music, hope to hear from you again, really love where you're headed!
Great piece of dark, heavy punk/rock theater. A bit long for our personal taste/style, and tough to give it consideration because of that. But good production and sound throughout. It was challenging to find you all, couldn't find your profile on Spot at first, really only found you through the article in the San Diego Reader. (which gave the name of your first album, and that helped bring up your profile on Spot). This kind of track is tough to place on our playlists and shows because of its' heavy sound as well (its very niche), but we'll still keep it in mind, we like the overall sound of it. Thanks for your submission, hope that's helpful, good luck with your music!
Production values awesome on this strong, dramatic track. Loud, clear and so well done. Video makes me want to dance (be a ballerina). The track doesn't resonate with us as much as we'd want it to, but we're personally not a fan of big dramatic instrumental backgrounds, except in musicals. To that end, the track sounds like it belongs in a theatrical production a la Phantom of the Opera or The Greatest Showman! It is not in the current U.S. pop soundstyle, and would be tough to place marketing-wise because of that. It ends incredibly abruptly so we're thinking you've only sent a partial track, so that makes it tough to give full feedback. Very well done, and beautiful. I got on Spotify and if I've got the right profile (had to guess), I really enjoy your other tracks there, and will include Gracias a la Vida on a playlist or show sometime soon. Thanks for your submission, and good luck with your music!