One Track Minds

It’s our proud boast at Fresh On The Net that any artist, anywhere, can send us a track and a dozen of our moderators – with a wide range of musical tastes – will listen to it. We don’t offer feedback on individual tunes, but we do guarantee to listen to every single one.

If one or more of us falls in love with your song, we’ll feature it on our Listening Post for our readers to hear and evaluate for themselves. And regardless of the Listening Post, if I personally fall in love with it, it’ll be featured on my BBC Introducing Mixtape. NB tracks need to be uploaded to BBC Introducing to qualify.

Our team of volunteers listen to 150-200 different artists a week. It’s a workload we can just about manage without our brains melting – which is why we ask people to only send ONE track a week.

Yet every week dozens of artists send two or more – and sometimes even five or six tracks at once. We have to block those accounts out of sheer selfdefence: 300-400 tracks a week would make the job impossible.

We do our best to make this clear – and even include the words “ONE track” in our Soundcloud group name. But still the multiple submissions come, week after week. So, dear Friends Of Freshnet, over to you: can anyone suggest how we could make the message a bit more obvious?
Send ONE track

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More…

3 Comments

  1. Joe

    Have you considered DemoBox? The submission page only allows the uploader to select one song from their Soundcloud to submit rather than a playlist/EP, and you can use a customisable message on that screen to try and get the point across some more. You can also embed it etc which is convenient. Just a thought!

  2. Hey Joe – that looks brilliant – had never heard of it. Thanks so much for a great suggestion: will ask our more technically minded moderators (acually, our resident boffin, Steve Harris) what he reckons…
    T x

  3. If Demobox doesn’t work, you could also try mypersonalninja.com, and select among a list of deadly assassins to go after the bands in question.

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