How To get Airplay For Your Music
- You need to make your presentation of material and music files in a professional manner. Some stations require submissions to be in a particular format. Refer to the individual station websites to see if this is required. Generally, digital and emailable material is the preferred manner these days.
- Compile a press pack which includes your profile (CV) and either links to your tracks you are submitting (Bandcamp, your website, etc) or send mp3/Wma files. Suggestion: make sure the title of these files are named properly to identify, usually "Artist Name" - "Title" this makes it easier for the presenters to identify your tracks and may put you above others who are just lazy and call them (example) "trk01 202218", get my drift!
- Do your homework on the station you hope will play your music, as an example you would send a rock track to Affinity radio, referencing one of our rock shows. Even better, add the name(s) of the specific presenters (more brownie points here).
- Make sure not to blanket all stations you will possibly end up in the trash bin.
- Make sure you have an online presence, website, FaceBook page, Twitter..etc we know it's a pain but anything that gives you a plug is worth having
- Keep the above updated as this again helps search engines find you, and maybe your prospective DJ, Radio Producer or Program Controller?
- YouTube? Always a good way to show what you can do.
- Live gigs again, share on social media, maybe even invite the station personel to a gig!
Target The Right Stations
end up in the dreaded trash can. Just remember you are one of hundreds or maybe thousands of artists all trying this.
- Start off with your local radio stations as these will not be swamped by music submissions
- Contact genre specific radio stations that fits your style
- Take the time to listen to the presenters, note their names, pick a few you think your music will appeal to and contact them if you can.