Have just spotted the following comment by Barrie Jones:
Hi Tom + team Freshnet.
Apologies for communicating about this via the comments section, but my browser doesn’t seem to recognise the email link. We sent a track to the Freshnet dropbox, it was the last batch, #50. Of 31 in total ours was the only one not chosen for the listening post and I just wondered if there was any particular reason? Naturally we thought and felt it was good enough musically for inclusion.. – was there some problem with any lyrical content? I’m aware that perhaps this might be a cause for omission.Of course, if it wasn’t chosen by simply on the grounds of like or not like or like least, then fair enough, but if there was some problem content wise, it would be most helpful for us to know for future reference.
Thanks in advance for any illumination you can provide.
Barrie Jones + ‘BE’.
Just on a point of information, the “31 in total” that Barrie saw was down to a glitch on our Soundcloud page that always shows one extra phantom contributor to the group. The number of tracks actually submitted each week is always well over 100, which are seen only by our moderators. So to try and make things absolutely clear, here’s how our submission process works:
LISTENING POST/FRESH FAVES
Our Soundcloud dropbox is cleared every Monday around lunchtime and then opened for business. While the dropbox is open anyone can send us one tune and our team of moderators will listen to every single track that comes in. Simply send a track here and you can be sure that several people will listen to it, including me.
We generally get between 100 and 150 tracks sent in every week, most of which are pretty good. But unfortunately the maximum number we can expect the public to check out on our Listening Post is about 30. It would be impossible to go through deciding which tracks aren’t “good enough” – because so many of them actually are.
So instead, we have roughly 10 active moderators on duty each week, and each of them is only allowed to approve just 3 favourite tunes. That way we ends up with 30 approved tunes on the Listening Post, and every one of them will have been absolutely adored by somebody in the team. Over the weekend our readers listen to all 30 tracks and post their five favourites in the comments section. We add up the votes and review the 10 most popular tracks as our Fresh Faves every Monday around lunchtime. Then we clear the dropbox and start all over again.
Separately from the above, I also check through everything that is submitted to our Soundcloud dropbox, regardless of whether it gets approved for the Listening Post, looking for tracks to include on my BBC Introducing Mixtape. There’s room for roughly a dozen new tracks per mixtape, so again I can only include my absolute favourites from each batch. Those personal picks aren’t neccessarily “the best” tunes in the pile or the ones “most likely to become successful”. They’re just the tracks that – to my ears – jump out of the speakers as different, fresh, special, original.
Sometimes these favourites turn out not to have been uploaded to BBC Introducing, so they can’t be included in the mixtape. Sometimes they turn out to be other people’s favourites too, and end up as Fresh Faves here on the blog. But it doesn’t work the other way round: becoming a Fresh Fave won’t turn a track into one of my favourites, or get it included on the Mixtape. The two things are quite separate.
Obviously we get sent too much music to give individual feedback. But if you send your very best track to our dropbox during the times when it’s open, your music WILL get heard by the team and myself, regardless of whether it gets “approved” for our Listening Post. And if I like it, I’ll play it – it’s as simple as that.
If anything’s unclear, or if you have further questions – please post a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer.