Getting your music heard is hard. Getting your music heard by the right people is even harder. You hear so many blogs, journalists and other industry big names complaining about unsolicited PR emails from bands, so it’s difficult to know where to tread.
This is why we have set up this blog post, containing info and links to all the influential sites and blogs who not only accept these emails – but welcome them.
But before you start emailing, here’s a quick word of warning. Never under any circumstances send a group email. It may save you time, but putting all these addresses into a BCC field and firing over a group email would burn more bridges than it would build. Spend some time looking at each site individually, see what sort of music they are into and try to relate. If you are a sensitive singer songwriter crooning over an acoustic guitar, don’t contact a hip-hop blog. Find them on Twitter, look at their recent articles, and try and find common ground between them and your music.
Get started & submit music to blogs below…
A&R Factory is a popular music blog with a wide-ranging readership, including record label owners, publishers, radio stations, PR executives, managers and sync licensing firms from all over the globe.
IndiePulse Music Magazine
IndiePulse Music Magazine is an advocate for the independent music scene, featuring news, interviews, reviews and video. IndiePulse also offers a platform for artists to be heard with its online radio station IPM Radio.
HighClouds describes itself as the “Music Junkies’ Holy Bible.” Originally an online radio station, the site now focusses on album and EP reviews for emerging artists of all genres.
Xune Mag accepts submissions from bands and artists of just about every genre, offering emerging, unsigned musicians the opportunity to be reviewed, interviewed and added to playlists.
Indie Music Shuffle is run by a diverse group of people excited about sharing new music. They don’t write bad reviews, so everything you read about is something they like and believe is worth checking out.
Aquarium Drunkard is an music blog with reviews, interviews, features, mp3 samples and sessions. It accepts all sorts of submissions and covers contemporary sounds with vintage garage, psych, folk, country, soul, funk, R&B and everything that falls in between.
Country Fried Rock
Country Fried Rock is a one-hour, weekly radio road trip that features some of the most exciting off-the-radar artists talking about and playing the music that moves them.
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound has everything to keep you up to date with reviews, music news and community posts. The site commisions around 15 album reviews a week from submissions by unsigned artists.
Pigeons & Planes
Pigeons & Planes is a music discovery blog and the perfect place to go to uncover lots of fantastic new music, whatever genre you’re looking for from anywhere in the world.
Reyt Good Magazine
RGM specialises in helping bands/artists develop through honest artist feedback and reviews. They produce original content every day and want to work with artists and bands to support their next release.
Sidekick Music is one of the leading playlist networks for trendy electronic music with a penchant for Indie & Nu Disco. Sidekick’s mission is to craft a pedestal for artists and their music to stand out on.
Framed Network Music
Framed Network Music writes reviews and blogs about accessible, electronic dance music. They cover electronic genres varying from deep house and electronic pop to progressive house to down-tempo music.
The Hammarica network consists of over 40 dance music sites, each with their own sub-niche and unique editorial twist. Hammarica is dedicated to promoting acts with a story, levelling the playing field for electronic artists.
24 Hip-Hop is an online platform highlighting new hip-hop/contemporary music, videos and content daily. They cover remarkable artists and their music from the fast growing hip-hop Music industry around the globe.
Hip Hop Indie Music
Hip Hop Indie Music is an uprising platform promising itself to be a pillar of support to the rising musicians. This music network is continuously looking for newcomers in the hip hop genre or rap indie music genre.
RIDE is an underground music and culture blog based in the UK. RIDE sets out to spotlight alternative hip-hop, rap, grime, drill, and everything in between. On RIDE you’ll find fresh artists that break boundaries, reject the norm and push the culture forward.
FUXWITHIT is a pillar of the music community. As Champions Of The Underground, they are constantly working to break new artists and sounds. Expect to hear everything from trap and bass, to rap, house, future beats and more.
Urban Vault sources the best of multi-genre underground music, events, apparel, and interviews from around the world. Urban Vault is updated consistently with fresh and relevant content.
Emerging Indie Bands
Emerging Indie Bands is dedicated to showcasing the very best up-and-coming independent musicians from across the globe, reviewing and promoting hundreds of exciting unsigned artists.
FACT has built up a reputation for featuring some of the biggest up-and-coming artists. They have offices in the UK, US and Australia and their own online TV channel!
King of A&R
Kings of A&R is a one-stop shop for information about new music trends and finding new music. The site accepts music submissions from all types of bands and artists.
Potholes In My Blog
Potholes In My Blog is an award-winning hip-hop blog based in Phoenix, AZ, and “your lifeline to good ass music” as they say.
Metal Injection offer the latest news and reviews from around the metal world, mainly for metal videos. You can also upload your own videos for the site moderators to consider for promotion.
Indie Music Filter
Indie Music Filter is a Toronto-based music blog dedicated to finding the best new music available on the internet from the best new up-and-coming indie bands.
The Music Ninja
The Music Ninja is a multi-genre music discovery site based in the deep, dark and melodic shadows of the internet.