If you’d like to suggest new music to the glorious hum, e-mail me (Kate) at:
the glorious hum (one word) at gmail dot com.
For bands, artists, promoters, and fans, here are some further suggestions about how to ensure I listen to your submission in a timely manner:
- Don’t get labelled as spam. Include the name of the band, the name of the blog, or something in the subject line to clearly identify yourself as a person and not a spam bot.
- Provide easy access to mp3s in the initial e-mail. Links to external file-hosting sites and attachments are fine. However, if you send an e-mail with an attachment, see #1…
- Don’t send me a bulk e-mail. I’ve noticed that even when I don’t update the blog for months or years or change e-mail addresses, I still get hundreds of e-mails a day from promoters. Why this happens remains a mystery to me. Personally, I prefer getting individualized e-mails, and can usually tell if they were written specifically to me within about 10 seconds.
- Provide lots of information. I love personal e-mails covering the entire history of the band, press kits, and links to websites and myspace pages.
- Don’t send me physical mail. I have an abysmal record when it comes to listening to CDs I get in the mail. Don’t become a statistic. Reasons why I don’t like getting physical mail: (1) I move around a lot, so my current address doesn’t stay current for long (2) CDs I get in the mail just end up on my laptop anyway (3) It feels like a waste of someone else’s money.
Bands and promoters: want to invite me to a concert? (And put me on the press list?) I love it when this happens. I’ll probably say yes, if I can. This is a much, much better idea than sending me a CD in the mail.
If you sent me a submission-related e-mail and haven’t heard from me within two weeks, there are three possibilities:
(1) I might have mistaken it for a bulk e-mail, or haven’t gotten around to reading it. The solution: send me a follow-up e-mail.
(2) Check and see if I haven’t updated the blog in a while. If I haven’t, sorry, but at least you have your answer.
(3) I’m doing what my kindergarten teacher taught me, and following the motto: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”