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The complete idiot's guide to sending me free stuff

Post-it memo HCTF

Exposure
Need exposure?
Of course you do. What's the use of making brilliant music and not telling the world about it?
You know what? A review on Here Comes The Flood is a good starting point for your future world domination.
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You, budding artist, big time PR honcho or whatever, wants to send me something. Me, big time music blogger, will teach you.

Sending me free stuff:
Albums? Concert tix? T-Shirts? Red Carpet treatment? For me? Yes? You're too kind. Contact me. I'll get back to you. Mind you, I prefer CDs. And vinyl is even cooler. A cassette is fine too. Digital is an option, but I really like the physical stuff. Kick ass audio set-up, you know.

Do not forget to tell me what your band sounds like. Words like "awesome" or "cool' won't do the trick.

So if I tell you about my music, you will write about it?
No.
Well, I might. With dozens of artists knocking on HCTF's virtual door every day changes are that there won't be a review, a short write-up or whatever. I might not even bother to reply. Don't be offended, your music will be heard, but somewhere else. When you got as far as sending me an actual CD there will be a review. And you'll be notified when it's up.

When I've decided to hate your album and tell the world about it, don't whine. Bad reviews are a part of life. Factual errors however - I'm only human - will be corrected.

MP3s:
Want to send me some MP3s?
Don't.
Seriously, I hate it when someone clogs up my inbox with unsolicited files. Point me to them on the interwebs and make 'em available for streaming and downloading.
Minimum bitrate: 256bps (no exceptions). Please tag your songs properly. I don't have time to wade through tons of files all named "unknown artist - track xx".

Please read this too:
In order to "pimp" the review HCTF needs:

  • A link to your website, Facebook, Twitter and such.
  • The line-up of your band (who plays what).
  • Some decent digital photos, including the cover art of the album/EP/single.
  • Permission to include at least one MP3 of a complete song to go with the review. My pick preferably.
  • And a list of forthcoming live dates if any.

Let's get visual:
Feature your video on HCTF's Vimeo channel. Point me to the source file (500MB max). Don't want to share your source file? Never mind, if I like your video, you still might get lucky and end up with a nice write-up.

Avoid this:
Don't call me dude, guy, brah, friend or some such when you contact me about the possibility of a review. I don't know you. There's only one real dude and that's not you.

Please consult Avoid This: How to make sure you won't get a review.

Where's your address for sending you stuff?
Will be supplied to you after I have contacted you. I like some privacy, old fashioned I know.

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