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Just to clarify, DiS isn't involved in this.
Hat's off to The Men From The Press" for this. Next there will be pay in pyramid scheme to get a pitchfork ratings. Hang thy heads in shame, or decapitate yourself, either is good.
What a mucky old business!
"Paul Lester, a freelancer who writes the New Band of the Day column for the Guardian [...] But even Lester, who is keen on the idea of getting paid £5 each for the 30 or so new bands he listens to each day"
UH, he writes the New Bands of the Day column, surely this is what he gets paid to do?
it's awful that some people are trying to legitimise these sharks
I think I posted this in a previous thread, but surely this is basically no different to how Ditto music's "distribution" service used to work?
i'm not sure whether this scheme will lead to a degradation in the credibility of music journalism.
in my experience (having been a writer and a music PR at various points), a great many music writers are dependent on PRs for feeding them trends and don't seem to demonstrate much integrity or musical knowledge of their own. there are still many exceptions to this, of course - i'm not seeking to be controversial - grassroots, often internet-based writing fairs better than the larger, more mainstream music press, i think. but my point is that the kind of writer who would be swayed by a fiver from this company has probably been swayed by PR favours many times already.
note that the writers are only being paid for their 'off the record' feedback to the labels. in many cases this probably won't translate to an actual review. to that end, it might be small labels signing up to this service that come off worse.
it might be worth it for a band or label that's just looking for a bit of feedback or needs something to take back to a distributor or something (often the main reason for seeking press coverage in the first place) but, ultimately, nothing can beat forging your own links and, as sean said, putting the time in to make the connections based on who you think would actually like your music. i'd give this far more stock than approaching a music PR to work your label, whatever means they're using - it often just means carpet-bombing writers with loads of shit they have no interest in and bugging them with phonecalls, which doesn't really help the individual acts themselves.
'We do hope you're enjoying your stay Sir, we're about to send you up a 23 Russian lingerie model. She's ever so friendly...look forward to reading your piece about us in Harpers & Queen, ciao'
music journalism is EXACTLY like that. allday, every day.
...you'll see all my details on The Wimmin From The Press dot com where we get paid in shoes/Grazia subscriptions. YAYOLA.
http://www.themenfromthepress.com/ now reads:
...the new cost effective and innovative ONLINE answer to PR in the music industry!
The whole point of themenfromthepress.com was to provide PR in a 'brand new way'
So bands, artists and small labels who simply haven't got the funds would be given a chance!
I put a hell of a lot of work into this and set TMFTP up for all the right reasons and with all the best intentions to help new bands and artists as I know how tough it is for them in this business...
But we have now been shot down in flames!
Certain publications and some traditional PR companies (who I will not name) have made it impossible for us to carry on through their constant slanderous remarks and activities which have damaged our reputation to the point where we have lost all heart with the project.
and so sadly and with great regret we have now closed!
I would like to say a very big thank you to the many bands artists and journalists who have and still support us.
Please note: All subscription and submisson fees will be refunded to the bands artists and labels who have signed up to TMFTP and we wish them the very best of luck in their futures.
I tried to make a difference but sorry guys.... they wont let us.....
The men from the press
copyright: themenfromthepress.com © 2010
Those be some wistful dots right there.
Despite all the protestations though, didn't the NME have a feature where, for a small fee, they would listen to a bands's music and feature it in a little demo review column?
I'm pretty certain that they did.