Send Music To Tom

Incoming CDs - click to zoom image in new windowINDEPENDENT UK ARTISTS
If you have a stunning new tune to promote, I’m keen hear it. But please don’t post it to the BBC on a physical disc (see above) because it won’t get heard.

Instead upload your track to BBC Introducing to make it eligible for my BBC Introducing airplay. Then use Soundcloud to share it with Fresh On The Net – which will also make sure I get to hear it.

Our inbox opens at 9am every Monday and closes after 200 submissions have been received. If I love your track, it will definitely get considered for my BBC Introducing Mixtape show.

THE LISTENING POST
Fresh On The Net’s moderators also listen to everything in the inbox and select their 25 favourites for the public to vote on each weekend. We call this our Listening Post: it’s there
 to help artists find out what strangers think of their music.

Important: the Listening Post has no connection with the BBC and votes there don’t affect whether a tune gets played on the radio. My shows are already picked from all 200 tracks in the inbox, before the  Listening Post shortlist is even published.

PLUGGERS/LABELS
Unfortunately these days my free plays at 6 Music are mostly for BBC Introducing tracks, not label releases. We do play a very small number of these on my Saturday shows, but none at all on the BBC Introducing Mixtape or NowPlaying @6Music – which is a request show.

if you’re plugging a new label release for my Saturday show the best route is via my BBC producer Matt Mills who helps choose the music. But – realistically – if the tune you’re promoting hasn’t also been uploaded to BBC Introducing, the chances of us playing it are pretty low.

SO, TO SUM UP…
The best way for independent UK artists to get a tune considered for my BBC Introducing Mixtape on 6 Music is: 1) upload it to BBC Introducing so that it’s eligible for airplay. 2) share it to Fresh On The Net via Soundcloud so that it gets heard by me. If I like what I hear, I’ll play it on one or more of my shows. It’s as simple as that.

Our inbox opens around 9am every Monday on our front page here and closes once 200 tracks have been received. So get in early!

 

Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson

49 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: https://freshonthe.net/musicbrainz
    Sending CDs to radio: https://freshonthe.net/cds
    Cheap .com domains: http://hover.com
    Cheap .co.uk domains: http://123-reg.co.uk
    Contact Tom Robinson: https://freshonthe.net/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
    https://freshonthe.net/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: https://freshonthe.net/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.

  19. Dear Mr. Robinson,

    My name is Nikola Vranic. I am a singer-songwriter from Zabok,Croatia and
    I must’ve watched your BBC Introducing Masterclass from 2013 on
    “How musicians can get their music heard” over 20 times because
    I want to learn about the music industry as much as I can. And I
    have to say that that’s the best video on YT there is and I thank you
    for that.

    However, in your masterclass, you never mentioned anything about
    foreign artists and their way of getting into the UK music business(or is the way the same?) and if there is any chance they get to be played on any of the radio shows.

    I would really appreciate an answer (when you have some spare time, of course 🙂

    Thanks,

    J.R.

  20. Dear Mr Robinson,

    Just a brief message to say thank you to you and your team for all that you do helping unsigned musicians. Much appreciated by all us indie musicians.

    Best regards,

    Mr Mandrake

    Thankyou very much for these kind words Mr M 🙂

  21. Carl Cooper (Bluepint

    I watched the talk you gave on how best to promote your music on the BBC introducing site… Probably the best talk i have heard ever. Clear, concise and your use of metaphor is just the ticket. One question.. I have a new track uploaded to bbc introducing but i have temporarily stopped using my soundcloud account so how can i get it to you without using this platform?.. This track is “that track”… That you say… “has to be amazing”… Yes I’m bound to say that… But.. Check it out… NO FOOL BLUEPINT ft YZZY & VOLTAGE… Or doni just email you an mp3?… All i can say is thank you to all the guys on your teams bbc introducing and tbe fresh on the net crew for helping make it happen for all of us. Amazing xx

    We promise to listen to every track we’re sent – and some weeks we get more than 200. The only way we can possibly manage this is if all the tracks arrive in the same Soundcloud playlist. If you don’t want to use your own Soundcloud account, just create a temporary one and share your track with us from there.

  22. Demetrius Brown

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/link
    I have enclosed my Spotify page I have over 450 CDs I need to sell they are all packaged independent albums of my group Bohemian Fifth.
    Obviously I know it wouldn’t be for free. If you could listen to the CD see if it’s worth the Endeavor feedback would be very much appreciated.
    Sincerely
    D. Brown

    You didn’t actually read the blog post on this page, did you?
    Team Freshnet

  23. Hey Tom,

    Hope all is well!?

    We’re a 5 piece alternative rock unsigned band from Holmes Chapel. We’re all 17 years old and have recently released our first two singles ‘People in My Head’, which was used by Match Of The Day a few weeks back, and ‘Cold Blooded’ which was recently played on by Jim Salveson on XS Manchester. Now we’re pushing for more radio play and we’d love you to listen to them and if you can, possibly give them a play?

    Our next gig is in the Manchester club academy on November 9th and if you wanted to capture our live sound, we will get you a ticket and allow you to get to know us.

    Streaming links below, let us know your thoughts. And if you need mp3 download links I can send you those.

    AppleMusic: genericlink
    Spotify: genericlink
    Appreciate your time,
    Angus (lead guitarist)
    genericlink

    Um, you didn’t actually read this page about how (and when) to send music to Tom, did you?

  24. Hi Tom,
    This is a super idea and I’m currently trying to upload something to you via amazingtunes. I’m from Scotland but live in Austria so i guessed that would be the best way to send it. Sorry to have to ask, how do I send the track to you once it is on amazingtunes? I’m still old school when it comes to music… Sad but true!

    Thanks,

    Andrew

  25. Tom,
    Also been an admirer of your show. Looking forward to your reaction to the previously unreleased Rasputin’s Stash psychedelic funk album from ’76.

  26. Osea Codega

    Hi,

    I’m a Singer/Songwriter, composer. I’ve recently published 3 albums, pop oriented and elettronica.

    I would like to know how do you prefer to receive demos in order to consider my music for airplay.

    Thank you so much for your time.

  27. Get Well Soon , Tom !

    Please kindly take a very good look at this Amazing Soundcloud (Music) Track (below) ; whenever you do eventually come back to work.

    Very Many Thanks.

    R

    ______________________________________________

    https://soundcloud.com/feyi-phillips/show-me-1

  28. Hi Tom, was so good to hear your story yesterday! I really appreciated your
    (hope-giving) candidness, and was lovely to meet you afterwards albeit brief.
    Also loved your chat with the refreshingly mercurial Jason Williamsom. Open discussions like this at BBC intro event have really helped to re-magnetise my internal compass over the past few days which was previously spinning in way too many directions! Will upload a track for you tom morning 🙂

    Best regards, Dan

  29. Peter Ryde

    Hi Tom
    Love this site and the help you give others. My grandsons band has just won the track of the year at the BMG awards Anglia. It was the very frst song he wrote and performed. His band Silence and Company have produced two CDs and are gigging all over the country despite not having any spare cash. Is there any chance you would at least listen to them on Spotify or Utube or even their website?? Like everyone from a working class backround you need help or luck or both.
    Thank you

    Cheers Pete – just give him the link to this page, which explains how to get his music heard by us.
    Team Freshnet

  30. Hi guys, I see that your inbox is closed at the minute. Just wondering if you can give us an indication of when it might re-open.

    Thank you for your support!

    Riaz

    https://riazahmad.bandcamp.com/releases – NEW SINGLE OUT DEC 16TH

  31. Phoebe Coco

    OH NO Thought my featured track ‘Look what the cat dragged in’ was uploaded also onto the BBC Uploader as my other tracks are- it is now up there but had tech issues with initial file upload. How can I let Tom know?

    Thank you

  32. David Sinho

    Hi there,

    My name is David and I am in a rock band called “Love Reptiles” from Kent. I was reading your blog on how to send music to you so I thought I’d try as your opinion is really important to me. I’ve been listening to your mixtape for months. We uploaded this track to BBC Introducing a couple months ago, it is called Inhaler. Here is the Soundcloud link:
    https://soundcloud.com/linktoourmusic
    I hope you like it.

    Many thanks,
    David

    Hi David – the article on this page explains how to send us music if you want Tom & the team to listen to it.

  33. Hello Tom,

    Many, many thanks for playing ‘Can’t Stay Mad’ on the Monday 27th January 2020 BBC Music Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 Music… and your kind words are very much appreciated.

    Hope it’s OK with you, I uploaded that part of your show to bandcamp: https://martin-h-samuel.bandcamp.com/track/cant-stay-mad

    All the very best,
    Martin

  34. Hi Tom, hope you’re well!

    We’re DUCK from Leeds/Sheffield and our new synthpunk album ‘There Are No Normal Conversations Any More’ was released today on Hell Hath No Fury Records: https://duck5.bandcamp.com/album/there-are-no-normal-conversations-any-more

    We’d love for you to play ‘Sirens’ on your show if you like it!

    https://duck5.bandcamp.com/track/sirens-2

    Thanks for all you do in supporting the DIY music scene!

    DUCK x
    (Evangeline, Sarah and Chris)

  35. Hi Tom, here is the latest track from York based post punk band The Receivers. We really hope you enjoy. General release is April 17th

    https://soundcloud.com/artisturl

    Hi Nick. The blog post above explains how to get your track to me – thanks!

  36. Hi Mr Robinson! My best efforts (all six) have been directed to BBC South and that is where they remain. My message there didn’t get a response, so is it a pool of people we’re dealing with or is it a lone hatchetman?
    There is nothing left to send until another recording happens but I was excited about this one and whilst I don’t set out to make radio-friendly tunes, it was hoped that you would dig it too!
    Our moderators here at Fresh On The Net are all volunteers. We listen to 200 tracks every week and there’s only room for 25 tracks on our Listening Post. Stands to reason 175 tracks aren’t going to get included. That doesn’t mean those tracks are worthless – just that the competition’s blooming ferocious. With those kinds of numbers we obviously can’t give individual feedback, but we do at least listen to everything. Tom Robinson.

  37. jon miller

    new album-playlist on soundcloud,indie artsit,jonny lee miller https://soundcloud.com/link-to-my-new-music

    You didn’t actually read this blog post, did you ?
    TR

  38. Hey Tom! I met you at my university and spoke to you about uploading my track crazy!
    This is the track! It’s available on all streaming sites. It’s a spooky pop track based on the anxiety and pain of a breakup. I tried to make the beat replicate a heartbeat too. X

  39. Hi Tom,

    I am trying to send you a track (already uploaded on the BBC Introducing website) but it says submissions are now closed, despite it also saying you can send one track between Monday and Thursday (it is now Tuesday). Is it just a case of sending it in ASAP Monday before the inbox is full?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Hayley

    Yes – sorry but you do indeed need to send your track ASAP Monday to be sure of getting in. The number of submissions has grown so much in recent months we’ve been forced to close the inbox after the first 200 submissions each week.

  40. Greetings to you Tom. I have great respect for what you do, primarily for independent artists on your excellent BBC Radio 6 Music Show. But, I was sad when I found out that the show was only for artists from the UK? I am from the USA and I would have loved to have had an opportunity to have been heard on the BBC,

  41. Jaysi

    Hi Tom,

    Love the show!!!!
    So 2 debut singles came out on the 1st! Did a crazy thing and release one Alt RnB Disclosure esk track, and one Rocknroll number! I DO hope you like both of them. They’re both on BBC introducing. All distro links stem from the website, but I’ll include the soundcloud links just for you buddy!

    https://soundcloud.com/myartistpagelink
    https://soundcloud.com/myartistpagelink

    Hope to make a fan outa ya! ;p

    All the best,

    Jaysi

    For info on how to send me music for me to consider, please read the blog post on this page. Thanks.

  42. Mike Weston

    Hi Tom

    Here’s my new single for you to consider:

    https://soundcloud.com/myartistpage

    Thanks.

    Mike

    For info on how to send music for me to consider, please read the blog post above. Thanks.

  43. Submission for Review;

    – Ray Baxter

    – Comedy Anarchy Poetry

    – Sydney Records UK

    A contemporary twist of 90’s Hip Hop beats mixed with sinister and comedic story telling and lyrics…

    These Brighton, UK based independent artists have produced a 13 track album defining 2020, Pop Culture, the BLM movement and Political discourse, Religious Paedophilia, and stirring drama amongst the UK Hip Hop scene in general.

    Available now across all major streaming networks and platforms.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYhvbIXnzoc&list=OLAK5uy_n2hh-oCeCtJOvGgeVMnXEx2uY24_QXSaE

    We look forward to your questions.

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