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, you can do so HERE and you can read why HERE]
Well, firstly, when I approve something on Submithub it means that I not only liked a song, but I liked it on that level where I feel that urge to pass your music on to someone else (which is a higher level of like than just liking something). According to my most recent Submithub submission stats, that happens only about 7% of the time with my ears. So that's alright, right?
As for how I follow-up on that urge to "pass your music on to someone else" - almost 100% of my Submithub approvals lead to placement in one of these human-curated Spotify "mix cds" that I update on the regular, and 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 in a way that encourages people to come back and listen more than once, so 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 a lot longer). I also try to share music I like multiple times, so once a track is in my "liked list" you can expect the song to pop up in other Spotify playlists of mine down the road, for as long as I use Spotify. Also, besides the specific mix cd your track will get featured in, all Submithub approvals end up in this big archive playlist (which makes for a nice shuffle if your interested).
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 than it ends up in my regular rotations, and there are often extra adds/shares that I do beyond that original Spotify playlist add.
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 usually do these mix tapes about every 2 weeks, but because they take 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 mix tape interval has been known to get stretched into months.
My preferred way to have MP3s sent is via a Bandcamp download code, as that way I can also add the album to my Bandcamp collection and can 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). Alternatively, you can also just email me MP3s.
I don't really write about music I like or why I like it anymore, as I personally think that people prefer discovering new music a little more organically (ie. by pressing play and not reading another mini-essay), 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. I've also been blogging long enough to realize that most normal people don't need to be told about a new album that "they just gotta go check out" every day, so, I've made a conscious effort to make the HI54BLOG a little less overt with the constant personal recommendations.
That being said, I do think people like hearing top shelf recommendations if it is spread around to include people other than just me, which is why there is an ongoing Q&A feature on HI54 called HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. And 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 of these Q&As, shoot me an email or message me on Submithub 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 message on Submithub from me 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 if you want a long ramble on why I use Submithub, you can find that in another blahg post).