How Not to Get Press Here
There are three types of music blogs: content farms, specialist blogs and local blogs. New York Music Daily is both the specialist and the local kind. The focus is local but the reach is global. If you want to get press here, it helps if you play somewhere in the five boroughs of New York, but it’s not necessary.
Rather than specializing in one particular kind of music, New York Music Daily covers a vast range of styles, particularly from working-class and immigrant communities who tend to get overlooked by the corporate media and conformist indie blogs. In order to get some attention here, you don’t need to have huge social numbers or a scantily clad model out in front of the band. You do need to have something interesting, and hopefully relevant, and original, and fun.
If you’ve read this far and you haven’t been scared off, send an email to lucidculture [at] gmail [dot] com with A) a link to streaming audio and B) if you’re pitching a recording, send a download link. Youtube and Vevo clips, Tumblr, Virb, Weebly, Bandcamp, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, Instantencore, Sonicbids and Bandpage links are all welcome; your own fast-loading site with no pop-ups is even better.
Please DO NOT send Facebook links.
What does a piece at New York Music Daily do for you? It gives you exposure to an audience around the world who might not be aware of you, and might help you get better gigs – although that depends on the venue and how fixated they are on how many Facebook friends and likes you’ve bought lately. What New York Music Daily cannot do for you is to help you get on American Idol, get on reality tv or signed to a corporate record label. Which is not to say that that you should be trying to get on American Idol or any of that. If that’s your dream, good luck: you should be looking elsewhere.
To get a sense of the coverage here, it won’t hurt to spend five minutes to find out if there’s any synergy with what you do. Peruse the music index; scroll down the front page; see what kind of live shows get listed on the monthly NYC live music calendar.
If you’re strictly a live act and don’t have any recordings, that’s ok. Send an email with upcoming show dates and relevant info and if you’re good, you might get some press here. Whenever possible, coverage here is timed to help spread the word about live shows or album release dates – the more advance notice the better.
A few other things you should know about live calendar listings and coverage:
1. This blog does not cover or list any event ticketed by or involving the Live Nation/Ticketbastard empire. Not that they have anything worth seeing anyway.
2. For listings in the monthly NYC live music calendar, the geographical area is limited to the five boroughs of New York plus the honorary NY boroughs of Hoboken and Jersey City, NJ.
3. To submit a concert for upcoming concert calendar listings, please include the stage time (the time the music starts, not the time the doors open), date, venue and address, cover charge if applicable, appropriate links and brief description of the artist or event. If tickets are available in advance of showdate, please include the address of the box office, and if you know the hours it’s open, please include that information too.
Please don’t submit listings for the calendar which A) feature lipsynching or prerecorded music rather than a live performance, B) cost more than about $30 (if you’re charging that much and you’re scrounging for a listing here, you’re in trouble), C) ticketed events where cash customers are gouged extra because they’re not paying with a credit card. Thanks!