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Question: How Do I Get My Song on the Radio?

Answer:
This question is a deceptive one - it seems straightforward enough, and on the surface, there is a straightforward answer. To get your song played on the radio, either you or your radio promotion company approaches program directors/music directors at radio stations, promotes your song to them using a combination of press releases/one sheets, phone calls and faxes, and then the stations that are interesting in the song will play it and the ones who aren't won't. Sounds pretty easy, right?

The truth is that radio promotion is ANYTHING but easy. Getting onto radio is incredibly competitive, and when it comes to large commercial radio stations in major radio markets, getting on the playlist may be downright impossible for musicians outside of the major label system. That doesn't mean that SOME radio play is out of reach if your don't have big budget and big movers and shakers behind your song. It does mean, however, that you need to understand a few things about the world of radio if you ever hope to turn the dial and hear your song coming out of the speakers.

First things first - there are two kinds of radio: non-commercial radio (non-comm) and commercial radio. Non-commercial radio encompasses college radio and community radio stations (including NPR stations) and commercial radio is everything else (in other words, the stations with lots of commercials!). Non-commercial radio is the most likely starting place for an up and coming independent artist. College radio is VERY friendly to such artists, and community radio stations often are as well. Don't feel like getting plays on this kind of radio is somehow "less" than getting played on a commercial station. Some non-comm stations are hugely popular, and further, succeeding in the non-comm arena can lead commercial radio stations to take notice.

After non-comm, independent artists often turn to small commercial radio stations (for a lesson on radio markets, read What Are Radio Station Markets. In this way, getting songs played on radio is a bit like building blocks. You develop a foundation of plays on non-comm radio, which you use to build up to small commercial stations, which may in turn lead to play at medium stations and so on and so forth. However, it is important to note that there is more to the process of moving up the radio ladder than just getting plays at smaller stations. Radio stations want to see your entire music career progressing along with your radio plays. If you aren't touring, picking up more and bigger pieces of press and selling an increasing amount of music, then larger stations aren't going to play your song. Why? They judge your songs on their ability to increase their ratings by playing your music, not on the song quality itself. Showing bigger stations that your whole career is growing show them that you're a good rating risk, since you're probably on their audience's radar.

Now, how do you actually run a radio campaign? You need at least four weeks in advance of your add date to run a decent campaign, and a few extra weeks may be in order if you're new to the game. During the start of your radio promotion push, you'll mail out promo CDs to all of the program directors of the stations that you're targeting. After that, you'll spend a week or so confirming your packages were received, soliciting initial feedback and re-sending any promos that went MIA. The next few weeks will be spent soliciting feedback about the single while trying to get commitments from stations saying that they will be adding the single - or, indeed, that they won't be. All the while, you'll be updating the program director with news about the musicians relevant to that market - shows, sales and so on. At this stage, you may also place ads in radio trade publication announcing the single and that you're going for adds - especially if you're going for plays in larger markets. During the last week of the campaign, you'll do a final push for adds and then wait for the results to come in. That's a short rendition of the process, but that's it in a nutshell - and that's the same process used to promote to non-comm radio right up to the top major station in large market.

The bottom line? The best way to get your song on the radio is to approach the radio stations that are appropriate for your stage of career. If you're just trying to break into radio, focus on the non-comms and take it from there. Some artists never get played anywhere but college radio and thrive in their music careers. Build a realistic, easily managed radio campaign, and you'll start to see success on the airwaves.

Studio Setup

Do you know how to make your vocals sound like they were recorded in a professional studio? Are there any benifits to recording vocals on rap beats at home? The answer is definetely yes! If fact, a vast number of songs you hear on the radio have been recorded in home studios. You can get the same vocal quality as a big studio if you know the steps. Any music recording software will work, it's the same techniqe. But don't think just by pluging a any mic into your computer you will get quality sounding vocals. You will need a decent condenser studio microphone for recording vocals and a mic preamp. There's many brands that work well if your on a budget of $300. - $500. and you will barley notice the difference. If you can only afford around $100 for a mic. I suggest the Audio-Technica AT2020n.


Any mic in the price range of $100 - $300 will not sound as good as a $1,000 mic. but that's ok for now. Now, let's go into the mic-pre. The reason for mic-preamp is because without it you will not be able use the mic. A condenser studio microphone will need phantom power, The is the power behind the mic. Look for a desent $100 - $200 pre with a tube in it. This will warm the sound of the mic. Check out pre's made by ART, Bellari, behringer, there low cost and decent. There's other comparable ones too, Ask the sale person for help, New gear is constantly coming out, and they will guide you. Again it's hard to tell the difference on $100 - $200. micpreamps. Also, buy a good balanced XLR cable not to long, about 20 ft. not much longer, and don't buy a crappy one trust me. There's no point in buying a good mic. then try to save money on a cheap cable. You will aslo need a stand with shock mount, you don't hold the mic in your hand or touch it. Make sure to buy a pop filter to control the air pressure that comes out of your mouth when you say the words starting with letters P & B. This is not an option. Don't make this mistake or you will end up having to re-record the vocals again later. Your mouth should be about 2"- 4" away form the mic when recording. It's best to be standing rather then sitting down, this will help you will breath control, to deliver a better performance. Quickly, on headphones, what brand you use make sure there "closed back" headphones. Studo mics are very sensitive and pick up every noise, even from headphones. You do not want music from the headphones bleeding into the recording.

Recording Vocals

It's easy to record your takes one line at a time, But i don't recommend you do that. Do the whole take from start to finish, or at lease the verse's all the way through without punching in and out But if the take is great and you have to punch in once then go ahead. But if your not feeling it then it's time to take a break. And since your at home, you can come back tomorrow. Keep all your takes, and make a rough mix. You can listen to it in your car and you might go back and keep take 1. It's important to keep your vocals at the same level and avoid odd volume changes. Once you have all the best parts recorded you can do the mixing. You might add a little compression, reverb, delay, autotune whatever. Mix it in the track untill your happy. That about it, the more you do it the better you'll get at it. If your looking for quality beats to rap on i suggest going online and fine the beats that fit your style. One place you can buy beats that are high quality, fully mixed, for a low price and ready for your vocals is www.loudrapbeats.com they even have free beats to download if you have no money. This concludes are article.

 

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How to submit music to hip hop blogs.

This post will examine the 163 hip-hop blogs that are guaranteed to post your music. These sites will post your music because they are not affected by politics. These hip-hop blogs are operated by people (not robots haha) that will listen to your music and offer feedback based on your submission (given the site of course).

Now of course your chances of being posted will increase if you establish a relationship with the bloggers/website.

Originally I excluded the bigger blogs from this list yet I think that restricting where people submit their music should not be the goal. The goal revolves around you being posted on blogs, remember that competition will be fierce.

Artists we need to be realistic in our approach; build the relationship first then watch the fruit of your work grow!

Your music will at least be heard (given that the submission fits the site). The submission information can be found on each and every website. Good Look!

  • 2Dopeboyz
  • Potholes In My Blog
  • Dj Booth.net
  • Nahright
  • Kevin Nottingham
  • U Call That Love (UCTL)
  • Hip-HopKings.com
  • Popkiller
  • Yappari HipHop
  • Runaway Owl's Society
  • Blackout Hip Hop
  • 5th Flo
  • Da-What.com
  • 7th Boro
  • Word Is Bond
  • The Find Magazine
  • Real Hip-Hop Head
  • TheHipHopHead
  • RockTheDub
  • Hip Hop Dependency
  • The Last Lyricists
  • DotGotIt
  • Respect This Fresh
  • RawDrive
  • 808Crate
  • iLLVibes
  • Social8gency
  • I Still Love H.E.R.
  • Fly Definition
  • Cratescienz
  • TheWolvesDen
  • The Grind Daily
  • Soul Anchor Collective
  • NikkiSiixx.com
  • We Goin' IN
  • Old To The New
  • Can't Stop Fanatics
  • REC Rap Engage Conscient
  • Bloggerhouse
  • 2Words The Top
  • BILHH
  • bdtb
  • Tha Lookout
  • Fashionably-Early
  • Nanci O Is Hip Hip
  • the9elements
  • Whutupdoe
  • Brick To Ya Face
  • Fresh News By Steph
  • REUP Spot
  • Dope Music Blog
  • The Red Tag Society
  • HipHopFiend
  • For the DMV Only
  • iHeartDilla
  • The Come Up
  • HipHopRuckus.com
  • Strictly Beats (For Beatmakers Exclusively)
  • FWMJ's Producers I Know (For Beatmakers Exclusively)
  • Beat Tape Co-Op (For Beatmakers Exclusively)
  • Rapohelizenz (For Beatmakers Exclusively)
  • The Mad Bloggers
  • Le Hip Hop Sur Ecoute
  • RealHipHopForever.com
  • Heatcasters
  • DaSouth.com
  • Rap Reviews
  • Hip-Hop Site
  • Above Ground Magazine
  • The Crypt
  • Peace Magazine
  • Wildstyle Magazine
  • Just Got
  • TGLR (Tha Good Life Reviews)
  • The Well Versed
  • Holy Culture
  • GoodMusicAllDay
  • indiehiphop.net
  • Yet Another Hip-Hop Blog
  • ThatHipHopBlog
  • Gemini Hip-Hop
  • Beats And Rants
  • Revolutionary Ink
  • Drop The R
  • LeftOver Cake
  • HipHopLeague
  • Pure Hip-Hop Blogspot
  • Your Strongest Ally
  • The Audacity of Dope
  • The Fresh Heir
  • MusicOlogy.com
  • TheDailyLoud
  • TheNeedleDrop.com
  • Hard In The Paint
  • StreetKode Magazine
  • Beats And Blood
  • Artistic Manifesto
  • Backpackers Don
  • You Heard That New
  • FreeHipHopNow
  • World Stream Media
  • Underground Charisma
  • RapWise
  • FreshHipHopMusic
  • ILL MateriaL
  • Droptops & Stacy Lattisaw Tapes
  • MusikReform.com
  • 7th Day of Hip Hop
  • PatIsDope
  • StreetsNeverSleep.com
  • HipHopNewsMedia
  • Jams.to
  • DEAD Magazine
  • Rapper's Delite
  • 718Unlimited
  • Premiere Hip Hop
  • Urban Flair
  • East Coast Digital Radio
  • Def Sounds
  • itsPrettyDope
  • TapeDeck
  • Rapzilla
  • Platform8470
  • Rhythm22
  • SC Bonkers
  • The Hip-Hop Mafia
  • Talking All That Rap
  • HIPHOP is AWOL
  • Hip-Hop Life And Times
  • Certified Banger
  • Ruby Hornet
  • The Hip Hop Speakeasy
  • Beets, Rhymes, & Life
  • Hillydilly
  • Upcoming Hip Hop
  • 256Up
  • Who's Gunna Take The Weight
  • ChristRapUp
  • Good Tunes
  • Tonkonst HIPHOP
  • HTPdotCalm
  • SlumLegends.com
  • Da Real Biz
  • 88 till Infinity
  • I LIVE HIP HOP
  • UNDRGRND NATION
  • Premier Hip Hop
  • HipHop Feeling
  • ThisSoundGoesAround.com
  • Hip Hop Mula
  • DopeFuture
  • Mellow World
  • Oh Hey Doctor
  • Steady Bloggin
  • Hip Hop Headquarters
  • akaHipHop.com
  • Kiraz
  • Spellcast Radio
  • HipHopNometry.org
  • HipHop Authority
  • JEHMAG.com
  • Where's My 40 Acres

Take the time to get to know the people that operate these blogs/websites and I guarantee that your coverage on the blogosphere will increase.

The key is to present good material and network. Remember that coverage on blogs is good. Develop relationships and turn those music posts to interviews, reviews, and even sponsorship opportunities.

You may not get posted on all of these sites yet I can GUARANTEE that you will be covered by at least one.

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