Send Music To Tom

Please Don't Send me CDs Here’s the best way of sending me music. Many BBC presenters and producers like listening to new music on CDs and vinyl, and I’ve written a guide on the best way of sending these to radio. But I mostly play tracks sent via BBC Introducing, where no physical discs are involved.

EMERGING UK ARTISTS
If you have a stunning new tune to promote, I’m keen hear it. Simply upload it to BBC Introducing – then share it to Fresh On The Net via Soundcloud any Mon-Thu afternoon, and I promise to listen to it. If I personally love what comes out of the speakers, I’ll play it on my BBC Introducing Mixtape show.  If other members of our moderation team love your track, they’ll also draw it to my attention. And if lots of them love it, it will go on our Listening Post here at Fresh On The Net for the public to hear. That won’t affect airplay, but it will give you extra exposure, and a chance to find out what complete strangers think of your music.

PLUGGERS/LABELS
Record industry professionals: 95% of my free plays at 6 Music are for tunes submitted via BBC Introducing, not promo releases from labels. If you’d like me to listen to your new releases anyway, you’re welcome to email me – or my BBC producer Andy Warrell – a streaming link to them on Soundcloud / YouTube / Bandcamp etc – but there’s only a 5% chance we’ll be able to play them on air. But please don’t send them to me on disc (see video):

Music sent to me on disc is unlikely to get heard – sorry. And there are very few slots where I can even play new releases from pluggers in any case. My three shows each week are:

Now Playing @6Music (Sundays 6pm): none of the music is chosen by me.
The BBC Introducing Mixtape (Monday mornings 2am): 100% music uploaded to BBC Introducing.
The Tom Robinson Show (Saturdays 9pm) Guests play sessions, give extended interviews, or curate music for the show. Plus a dozen tracks from the BBC Introducing Mixtape and a sprinkling of classic tunes through the show. For the final hour we play obscure, mostly vintage, music. So most weeks we can only play half a dozen new releases from pluggers. And when there’s a major guest or festival coverage we can’t play any at all.

So for UK artists the best way to get your latest release considered for my shows is by uploading it to BBC Introducing and sharing it to Fresh On The Net via Soundcloud any Monday to Thursday. That way it will definitely get heard by me and if I like it, I’ll play it on one or more of my shows. Simple as that.

Tom Robinson March 2012

Tom Robinson

19 Comments

  1. Roger Bourne

    Hi Tom, I’ve just watched the amazing and informative lecture you gave at the roundhouse in December 2012. You say if we need to know where to get cheap .coms form to contact you so that is what I am doing.
    I need to get a domain name registered as well and do you know a good web site for me to start up with–I’m told the free ones are no good if I want to try and sell my music. I’m hoping you get this as I’m in a fix at the moment.
    All the best, Roger Bourne.

  2. Tom

    Cheers Roger – all the info for domains etc is in the “Show More” section on the video itself on Youtube. To save you going back to look it up, it says:
    *** Expanded version of this talk here: http://youtu.be/OcIAJjFZgW8 *** Posting comments asking us to “check you out” will not promote your music but the video has free advice on ways that WILL work.

    This talk is from a DIY Masterclass on 3 Dec 2012 hosted by Generator, the UK’s leading music development agency as part of Roundhouse 3030 in London.

    This is an audio recording of the opening session on “Attracting press, radio and online coverage” presented by Tom Robinson, covering the following topics:
    • How do you get your music to press, radio and blogs?
    • What goes in a press pack and what are people looking for?
    • Physical vs. digital press pack
    • Is your track right for the radio?
    • Setting realistic expectations
    • Release formats — tracks vs. singles vs. EPs & the pros and cons of physical
    • The pros and cons of hiring PR & Plugging specialists
    • Developing an online presence — websites, social networking, SEO & blogs

    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS TALK:
    MusicBrainz: http://freshonthenet.co.uk/musicbrainz
    Sending CDs to radio: http://freshonthenet.co.uk/cds
    Cheap .com domains: http://hover.com
    Cheap .co.uk domains: http://123-reg.co.uk
    Contact Tom Robinson: http://freshonthenet.co.uk/contact

  3. I’ve uploaded a track to Soundcloud for consideration, however I can’t see the option for “widget enable”. Can anyone help me?

  4. Hi Tom,

    Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the fantastic lecture on how to promote your music, very useful indeed – I’ve shared it with my friends and will be listening again! Thanks for all you do to champion unsigned music too!

    Much love!

    Sheena Bratt
    Venus Rising

  5. Gregor Macmillan

    Hi to if you get a chance could you please have a listen to The Cut Throat Razors on YouTube. They are a fantastic unsigned ten piece band who write, play and sing their own music. My favourite is Freedom, but it’s best to watch and listen to one of their live videos on YouTube.

    I would love to hear your feedback and they have a Facebook page.

    Gregor.

    Hi gre just give the band the link to this page and they’re welcome to send Freedom over any Monday to Thursday like it says here…

  6. Hi Tom

    I’m searching for the track listing for the introducing mixtape for April 29, 2014.

    Please help,
    Best
    Gary

  7. Tom

    Hi Gary – it was Monday April 28th you’ll be looking for, I think: the tracklisting is at
    http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2014/04/mixtape20140428/

  8. Just watched the video of you opening submitted cd’s. I remembered the only way we got John Peel to pay my old band (Koniguan) was to send a minidisc in a ‘fun size’ box of home made cereal.. ‘Konigipops’. Even then i felt the physical object was nothing special if it wasn’t unique.

    I’m now almost obsessively back into vinyl and just wanted to know if you will be doing any carboot sales anytime soon ;)

  9. Poul Erik

    Hello Tom,
    i am a young boy from Denmark
    i am a big fan of your music ( i think you should know it)
    and love the track “Glad to be gay”
    have a nice day

  10. Hi

    I am unable to upload a track for emerging artist Harry Pane? It says user is blocked?

    Thanks,
    Natalie

  11. @NatalieEarle
    Perhaps at some point Harry must have shared more than one track to our dropbox in the same week?

    Our volunteers can just about listen to 150 tunes a week but not 300 – which is why we very clearly say “Send us ONE track”. We have to automatically block artists who send two or more tracks in the same week, out of sheer selfdefence.

    However we always unblock people again if they ask us to – which we’ve just done – so you should be good to upload to us again this week. Let us know if you have any further problems.

  12. Thank you, I’ve uploaded one track. Sorry for the error before.
    Natalie

  13. Poul Erik

    Why do you not answer my comment??? i am a big fan

  14. Jess

    Get Tom are you still gay
    Or have you leave it behind you?

    Hey Jess you gave a fake email address with your message, but I notice you live in Balle, near Odder in Denmark.

    Amazingly that’s just 10 km away from Poul Erik Deichman Dahl who lives on Odderwej (8660 Skanderborg) and also seems keenly interested in this subject. Why not send him a friend request at https://www.facebook.com/PoulErikDeichmann and maybe you can discuss it together.

    If either of you are really that interested, there’s an entire website all about my sexuality at http://bothways.com – the clue is in the name

  15. Hi there Tom,
    you interviewed us when we were in a band called Smile.
    check out our tune ‘Jesus Christ’.
    Next single coming out April. X

  16. Hi Tom. I think BBC Introducing is a fantastic facility and we are massively grateful that you played our song ‘The Heart of You’ on the Mixtape show. The only problem (and this is not in any sense a criticism of such a great service) is that we now can’t upload any new tracks until June even if we delete existing ones. I totally understand this but it does unfortunately mean we can’t send our new single (although we have emailed the link to Andy & Ben). We’ll definitely be uploading new material in June though so I understand we may simply have to be patient. Most importantly, thanks for everything you do for new & emerging artists. :)

  17. @NeilMarch Hi Neil – I personally agree with you that the BBC Introducing limit is now way too draconian because there are a great many BBC shows that can internally access your music once it’s there.

    Both on the BBC Introducing Mixtape and here at Fresh On The Net we do try to offer open access to anybody to send in a tune and be sure of it getting heard. But in fact we also ask any artists we feature to wait 12 weeks before re-submitting.

    Here’s why: http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2013/09/request/

  18. Tom, thank you for your response and I absolutely agree with your whole ethos and approach. It must be a mammoth operation trying to decide what to play from the never-ending stream of new tracks you receive and, judging by the Mixtapes and playlists you keep putting out, there are so many great tracks to choose from too. Your commitment is hugely appreciated.

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