Clean up Your Music

Before you submit anything to anyone, make sure it is CLEAN! This means a professionally recorded song, mixed and mastered. If you can’t afford this, there are plenty of online guides and articles with solid recording techniques and links to get some very good and cheap recording tools.

For just a moment, put yourself in the role of a Music Supervisor looking to place an acoustic ballad on a hit TV show. You receive about 100 submissions per day and have to review each one… one by one. Included in the submissions are electronic dance songs, rap, hip hop, heavy metal and of course some, who follow directions, actually submit an acoustic ballad. 

As a music supervisor, you not only have to find the best song and lyrics for your show, you also want to find a song that requires little to no work. By work we’re talking about possible rerecording, remastering, etc. as well as additional clearances. For example, if a submission includes an obvious sample from a Jason Mraz song, you need to obtain licensing to use it the song, which means contacting the right people at the Mraz camp. This clearance should have been done by the artist who used the sample in the first place BEFORE submitting the song to you, but as stated in a previous post, many artists do not know the business side of music.

You, the music supe, also have to find the “cleanest” broadcast quality music, again to avoid more work. Standards for placement are very high when it comes to the cleanliness of music. Songs will simply not be placed in any professional production if the quality sucks! Period!

Take the time, make the time or your wasting your time!

So as you listen to submissions, you hear hisses, pops and some very poor quality recordings, noticeable even in the first few seconds of listening. Do you think this will qualify for placement? Even the most beautifully written and performed song must be clean, free of ambient noise, environmental noise and of course device noise. If it’s not, it simply will not be considered and in all honesty, it won’t get a listen beyond the first few seconds.

Here’s the question: How does YOUR music sound. Is it clean? Is it mixed and mastered professionally? To gauge it, ask yourself… do you think it’s radio ready. If not, if it’s got all sorts of noise, if the instruments are performed with parts not played on time and in sync (is the bass being played in line with the drums?), if it’s not CLEAN then it is not going to be placed in 99% of instances.

The point here is that it’s not ok to submit poor quality to a music supervisor and moreover, why would you waste your money when your song is not what you KNOW it needs to be. Ok well in all fairness, maybe you didn’t know until you read this post, but now you DO know. So what are you going to do?

It’s not a fun idea thinking “oh hell, now I have to rerecord all my songs!” I’ll say it plainly… take the time, make the time or your wasting your time. Thats it! Put your absolute best foot forward and trust me, your chances at placement will grow exponentially… seriously!

If you would like to continue a personal conversation about your music, complete with a professional critique of a few songs, you are welcome to submit 2-3 of your BEST songs. But please, do so knowing everything you just read above. If it’s not clean, you’re still very welcome to submit, just be prepared for hard honesty. If you it’s not in time, if you didn’t tune your guitar, if it’s got background noise or hiss, etc. etc. etc… we’re going to tell you exactly what we hear wrong, including off key, pitchy vocals. So if you want to work with us, we’re prepared to work with you “1 on 1”!

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