Why most demo recordings are rejected - By Christopher Knab
“Getting a deal” has long been the goal of many would-be artists and bands. For mostly naive reasons, most new talent feel that by securing a recording contract with a significant major or independent label, success will be guaranteed. (talk about naivete). To get this ‘belief system’ up and running, many musicians figure all they have to do is send off their music to a label, and a recording contract will come their way shortly.
The purpose of providing you with this information is to at least improve the odds that your music will get listened to when you submit your demos. This list will look at the most common mistakes musicians make when either shopping for a record deal, or trying to get the attention of A&R Reps with their demo recordings.
10 Reasons Why Demos Are Rejected
1. No Contact Information on CDR and/or CDR container (put your name, address, email, and phone number on both)
2. Lack of Originality
3. The Music Is Good, But The Artist Doesn’t Play Live
4. Poorly Recorded Material
5. Best songs are not identified or highltghted on the CDR
6. Sending Videos In Place Of CDRs
7. Sending Unsolicited Recordings
8. Sending The Wrong Music To The Wrong Label
9. Musicians Can’t Play Their Instruments Competently
10. The Music Sucks