Our Marketplace partner, Naked Press, helps you extend your reach into the UK Press. But pitching to press isn’t as easy as just sending your music in when it’s ready — it requires planning. To get the most out of your press campaigns, follow these great tips from our friends at Naked Press, and check out the app in The Orchard Marketplace!
To start with, it helps to have an approximate schedule of events planned for your release, to give it the best opportunity for review consideration by the music press. So when you have your completed, mastered and mixed record, you also need to have your assets (biography, photos, cover artwork etc.) ready in advance, to roll out ahead of the actual release date. Writers are under deluge from so much music every single day — why should they pay attention to your new record? Make them want to know more about you, invite them in, make sure they don’t pass you by. In a nutshell: make your whole package look as intriguing (and professional) as you can!
Whether it’s an album, EP or single, it makes sense to have at least one track available for listening early on, preferably via a streamed link (there are various platforms you can use — Soundcloud, Press Kit, etc.). It’s all very well having that great cover art, really cool photos and a fantastically exciting biog post, but without the music to listen to, these aren’t that useful to a music writer, so think about a strong lead track to anchor their attention and make them want to hear more.
Monthly publications typically need to receive your record news up to 12 weeks ahead of the release date in order to plan their editorial coverage to coincide with its availability. For instance, if your release is coming out in May, make sure your key contacts at the monthlies can hear it, or at the least know about it, in February. Newspapers and weekly supplements work with shorter lead times and if you’re aiming more for online press, then you’ll still need to work ahead but 4-6 weeks is long enough for most sites to commission any interviews, features or reviews.
The rule is that the music press generally doesn’t like reviewing music that’s already out there, so think ahead if you want to be considered. Plan, strategise and be prepared! Good luck!