Reasons Why Rappers Music Wont Get Played pt.1
This is the first part of a new series i’m doing that covers mistakes that I often see made by rappers which prevent their music from being played. This is not for the purpose of picking on anyone. I hope this series will help educate others and serve as a preventive means that will give rappers a slight edge over their colleagues and increase their odds of being more easily discovered.
Always Be Thinking About The Next Man
One thing that’s important when you are working in settings that involve other people is to develop a mindset that is always thinking about the next man. This means doing your job in such a way that makes the next mans job easier not harder. A little bit of consideration can go a long way. It conveys to the next man that you care about them which will intern make them more likely to care about you.
A Meeting Of The Minds
I Recently participated in a meeting to help organize the release of an upcoming album. One of the other parties that was involved was a DJ. The two of us got into a conversation about a big problem that he encounters all the time when rappers send him music. He said “I have a shoe box that I put all the CD’s that I receive that aren’t tagged. I don’t have time to tag them so they never get played“.
The Meaning Of Tagged
Just in case you are scratching your head at this moment and wondering “what the heck does tagged mean?”. Tagged means that the CD or MP3 has text information for each song such as song title, artist & contributing artists, album name, genre of music and year of release. This is just as big of a problem with people sending mp3’s to DJ’s as well.
Lost In The Crowd
Basically when you don’t tag your music it shows up as unknown artist, unknown song title etc. This is bad for everybody. Imagine a fan downloading your music to a device that has tons of music but now your music is lost because they can’t easily find it. Now just think of how much music DJ’s and radio stations receive. They don’t have the time to tag peoples music plus that’s not their responsibility it’s the artists.
Making Bad Impressions
Organization is key when it comes to storing files. DJ’s rely on organization heavily in order to be efficient on their job. And when they receive music that isn’t properly tagged two things come across their minds. One is that the artist isn’t professional and two is the artist isn’t being considerate of them. This is a double negative.
Increasing Your Odds
There is no excuse to not have your music properly tagged. Most recording software will allow you fill out the proper meta data for your mp3’s and there are free programs such as Tag & Rename Having your music tagged will dramatically increase your odds of having your music played and it will make everyone else’s jobs just a little bit easier.
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