TODAYS QUESTION: WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I GET A SONG APPROVED BY HI54 ON SUBMITHUB?
[NOTE: this post is for people who've submitted music on Submithub - if that's not you but you would like it to be, you can send me music every Monday to Thursday over HERE and you can read why I started using SubmitHub for handling submissions HERE]
When I approve a submission on Submithub, not only does that mean I liked the song, but it means I liked it on that level where I feel an urge to pass the tune on to someone else (which is a much higher level of “like” than your standard “ya, I like this fine enough”). According to my most recent Submithub submission stats, that happens only about 7% of the time with my ears. So, being in the top 90% for the ears of some dude on the internet… that's alright, right?
As for how I follow-up on the urge to "pass the tune on to someone else" - almost 100% of my Submithub approvals lead to placement in one of the human-curated Spotify "mix cds" that I update on the regular. You can usually expect to go from 'approved’ to ‘shared' within one week, sometimes sooner (I try to clear my Approved queue on Submithub every weekend).
I try to run my Spotify playlists a bit like a DIY radio station, and hopefully in a way that encourages people to come back and listen more than once. I am always tweaking the selection and re-promoting the same playlists (ie. adding / removing tracks rather than creating new playlists like 'June 2018', 'April 2016', etc)—but you can expect your song to be in the playlist I share with you for at least a month or so (usually longer). I also try to share music I like multiple times, so once a track is in my "DIY radio library" you can expect the song to pop up in other playlists of mine down the road, for as long as I use Spotify.
For example, every week I shuffle up all the tracks I’ve included in Mix Tapes & Mix CDs over the years, and I grab a fresh batch of 54 songs / artists and update this ‘THE HI54 WEEKLY SHUFFLE’ playlist:
And besides the specific mix cd your track will get featured in & all the subsequent HI54 playlists it might find its way into later, all HI54 Submithub approvals also end up in a big archive playlist (which makes for a nice shuffle).
Some Submithub approvals (depending on how they were submitted to me) will also find themselves in either a "SubmitCloud" Soundcloud playlist or in a music video shuffle thing called "FM/TV". For me, Submithub is like my ears Firewall, so once a track I like gets past that, it ends up in my regular rotations. Call me old fashioned, but I also like to spend time with the submissions that catch me ear. So there are often extra adds/shares that I do beyond that original Spotify playlist add.
NOW PLAYING ON FM/TV
If I've approved a track of yours on Submithub, it is safe to assume that I'd be open for having MP3s sent my way for consideration in a future Mixcloud "mix tape" (these mixes are much more dependant on flow / song order, so I can't make any guarantees that a track you send me MP3s for will make it into a mix tape). When I'm on top of my blogging game, I do these mix tapes about every 2 weeks. But because Mixcloud mixes take much longer to put together than a Spotify playlist, and because sometimes real life doesn't gel well with having time to update a music blog, the 2 week interval has been known to get stretched into months. Luckily, there’s a pretty decent back catalog to peruse during a HI54 time-drought.
My preferred way to have MP3s sent to me is via a Bandcamp download code, as that way I can also add the album to my Bandcamp collection and I can also write a little mini-review that will show up under the album on Bandcamp (a fave BC feature of mine that inspired an ongoing HI54 feature called 'Fandcamp'). Also, sending me your music via a Bandcamp download code will make your album show up in the Music Feed of all the folks who follow me on Bandcamp, which can often lead to actual purchases (aka #BandcampBooyakasha). Also, the Bandcamp app is pretty dope.
I don't really write about why I like an album anymore. Personally, I think that people prefer discovering new music a little more organically (ie. by pressing play & deciding for themselves), which is why I try to create different listening experiences (aka "radio alternatives") where folks can casually discover new music while they go about their day to day.
That being said, I do think people like hearing top shelf recommendations if the task is spread around to include tastes other than my own, which is why there is an ongoing Q&A feature on HI54 called HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. These Q&A's are open to artists that get past the original submission gate of "do I like the music?" - so, if you'd like to do one, shoot me a message in our Submithub chat to let me know.
And I guess that more or less sets the table of expectations for what one can expect when they get a Submithub message that says:
"Good news! I would like to share YOUR SONG as part of a blog playlist, ideally within the next week on HIGH FIVE FOR"
But, all of the above comes first with you getting a song into my ears and me going, "I like this song that is in my ears" — and the way to do that, if you haven't already, is by getting your song in my Submithub queue (and, again, if you want a long ramble on why I use Submithub—especially if you’ve got but feelings towards blogs that use Submithub—you can find that in another blahg post).
I currently accept Premium and Standard submissions from Monday to Thursday. Any submissions I receive outside of that window, I probably won’t listen / respond (well, I’ll probably send you a link to please end via Submithub). I totally understand if you don’t want to use Submithub, hopefully as much as you understand that one dude can’t listen / respond to everything he is sent. Time is a prick to us all.