Understanding why your music isn’t being accepted by Artists and A&R’s will help you overcome the frustrations many producers face. Here is a list of the of 7 common reasons why your beats are not being accepted.
The beat needs to fit the artist style
Do your research prior to sending out your work to artist’s and A&R’s . Know what kind of tracks the artist likes and what kind of tracks they recently recorded too. This will help you gauge the type of sound and the quality of music they are currently looking for.
Don’t put more than one tag on a beat
Many producers like to feature their i.d. tag throughout the beats they send out. The reality is you only have 15-20 seconds to keep the artist attention and to intrigue them into listening to more of your track. You do not want to waste any of this time by featuring an element in the track that will not be present if the track is accepted.
Instead you should always include your contact info in the meta data of the mp3′s and in the emails you send out. Also you should always take the proper steps to copyright your material especially if you don’t feel comfortable sending your tracks to the recipient.
Share a vision with the artist
As a producer you know exactly how a artist should perform on your track. But a lot of times a artist will not have the same vision as you and that means you will need to articulate your vision to them.
A great way of doing this is by working with a skilled songwriter and have them record scratch lyrics or simply add a chorus idea on the track. This gives the artist a blueprint of how they should perform on your track.
Use samples that are easy to clear
Maybe you got a hot track but its features a sample that will be difficult and expensive to get cleared.
Depending on the type of sample used it may be best to work with some skilled instrumentalists to replay the sample and to add your own twist to it.
Send High quality, mixed tracks
If your engineering skills are not up to par, it will be a good idea to work with good engineer to mix your tracks down before you send your tracks out. Artist and A&R’s use high quality speakers and headphones and a properly mixed track will definitely help you stand out from the crowd. It will also make it convenient for the artist as now they can record to your track instantly.
Make sure your sound is current
You don’t want to send tracks that sound like last years sound and for that matter you don’t want to send tracks that sound like today’s sound. (As the producers who made whats on the radio right now were tracks created over a year ago.)
Being a producer in this industry you have to stay on the cutting edge and constantly push the envelope of your sound . To stand out you need a sound that is new and unique while still maintaining the elements that are popular in today’s production.
Ensure the artist and A & R listens to your track
Their email could of gotten flooded by other aspiring producers and your track may have gotten lost in the shuffle. Whenever a opportunity to get a track placed arrives you must act quickly before the artist email is bombarded.
Also this is where having some form of representation can come in handy. Artist and A&R’s give first priority to Producers and Managers whom they have already built a working relationship with.
Patience and persistence is key when trying to get music placements. Making sure your music isn’t falling into the above “7 reasons” will definitely improve your chances of getting your music placed. Are you taking the proper steps to help your music stand out from the crowd?