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5 Ways to Impress Music Journalists With Your Promo Photo

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Promotional photos serve many purposes for music journalists beyond just being something to feast our eyes upon. They introduce us to the people behind the music and help create or reinforce a narrative of a band, which can aid us in our writing process. They grab readers' attention and can make more people inclined to check out a story. They sometimes even make our articles easier to read by breaking up otherwise dense chunks of text. We love promo photos and who can blame us?

Ask a Music Journalist: How to Keep Cool in Your First Interview

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For many musicians, interviews can be a nerve-wracking process. There's the conversation itself, the pressure of outsiders seeing your responses once it's over, and of course, the potential of being misunderstood or otherwise misrepresentedThe good news is that interviews get easier (if not less painful) with more experience. In the meantime, should you find yourself getting apprehensive before your first interviews about your music, here are five tips you can use to keep your cool, make yourself more comfortable with the process, and allow you to make the most of the opportunity at hand. Good luck!

How to Respond When People Ask What Your Music Sounds Like

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The question, "So, what do you sound like?" has a familiar ring to most musicians, and for many, it’s difficult to answer. It can tempting to try to get it over with as quickly as possible and just toss out your genre (for many – your grandma’s friends, for example  that answer's probably good enough), but there are reasons it’s worth your time to put a little more thought into your reply.

Ask a Music Journalist: 4 Things We Never Want to Read in Bios Ever Again

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A well-written bio is one of the best tools independent musicians have when it comes to making an impression on music journalists and editors. Before we even hear your song samples or are able to attend one of your shows, there’s a good chance we’ve glanced through your press materials. This is your opportunity to place yourself and your art in your chosen framework and tell your story exactly how you see fit.

Unfortunately, there are many clichés and pitfalls that are easy to fall into that result in turning off the writer or causing him or her to otherwise overlook your band without even hearing a note. We don’t expect you to be a professional writer  or we’d all be out of work – but we do expect you to be a little inventive. (You are a working creative, after all.) With that in mind, here are four things to avoid at all costs when it comes to writing your musician bio.

Ask a Music Journalist: How to Get Maximum Press for Your Band Using Lead Time

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When it comes to coverage, "lead time," or the amount of advance notice a publication needs to assign an article before its run date, is an essential consideration for artists. While it may not seem necessary for a baby band to employ the same lead time strategies as record labels and more established artists, remember that everyone is competing for the same resources as everyone else.