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Ask a Music Journalist: What Makes a Compelling Band Bio? Here Are 3 Real Examples

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Crafting a bio that will pique the interest of every writer who reads it is impossible. There's no way to achieve universal appeal; the relationship between press-seeking bands and music writers is just too subjective. But there are clear commonalities in the bios that do attract attention – as well as recurring issues in the ones that don't.

The Top 5 Things to Avoid When Sending Music Submissions to Blogs

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You’ve most likely already heard how important proper email etiquette is when sending submissions to blogs, and there's a plethora of advice out there that teaches strategies on confidently introducing yourself in an appealing manner without coming across as desperate. However, knowing what not to do is just as important, because you only have one chance to make a positive first impression. If you violate the cardinal sins that annoy bloggers who are likely to already be stressed with an overload of writing assignments, your music will either be rejected or ignored regardless of its quality. To ensure you don’t fall victim to this fate, read on for the top five things to avoid when sending music submissions.

5 Dos and Don'ts for Effectively Communicating With Music Bloggers

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Every musician wants their music to reach the largest audience possible, and the most highly touted way of achieving exposure is through recognition on music blogs. However, getting your music on these websites can be a maddening and stress-inducing goal when you consider a blog post to be your definition of success. I'm sure you've conjured up a never-ending list of reasons why you're not receiving emails back when you submit your music, but there's no use in blaming external factors that are sometimes out of your control.

Just like any business venture, the key to developing fruitful relationships with music bloggers is strong communication skills. By understanding that building these relationships takes time rather than trying to immediately force your music on bloggers, the desired results are much more likely to follow.

The Good, the Not-So-Bad, and the Ugly Ways to Send Your Music to a Blogger

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Back in the day, there was one way to get your music to a journalist: the good ol' US Postal Service. I fondly remember opening up my mailbox and it looking like Christmas with all the packages in there. I don't get quite the same feeling when I open up my email inbox and see more messages than any one person could possibly get to in a day.

From an artist's standpoint, it has become extremely difficult to stand out in a sea of emails, all of which ask the same thing: Please listen to my music. What you might not realize is you may have predetermined the answer to that question based on the way in which you sent the music.

So before you click "send" on that next email, here's a quick list to help you determine if you're doing things in a good, a not-so-bad, or a straight-up ugly way.

5 Tips for Describing Your Sound if You're Trying to Get Press

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To the readers who complained that my recently published "5 Worst Ways to Describe Your Band if You're Trying to Get Press" piece lacked suggestions for successfully relating your sound to music writers: here's your answer!

While these tips are meant to help guide you in successfully illustrating your style, I'd like to point out that literally hearing the music is the only surefire way for someone to really get your sound. Explaining it with words is meant to lure the intended party into doing just that.