Feel free to with submissions, questions, or anything else on your mind. Understand, however, that my ability to read and respond to bulk promotional email is limited at best. For the first 10 years of Fingertips, I made a valiant effort to read pretty much all of my email but as of October 2013 this has changed. It has finally occurred to me how relatively little of the music I have featured here came to me initially through an unsolicited bulk email. Some has, of course, but I will, moving forward, give up those few discoveries for the sake of my own email sanity.
The long-standing Fingertips email guidelines have been tweaked accordingly:
1. The more an email looks like a boiler-plate promotional note sent to a thousand places at once, the less likely I am to read it. My patience with bulk promotional email will henceforth depend on the mood I am in, the number of emails I receive on a given day, and universal serendipity. When bulk email comes directly from a musician, I may be slightly more likely to read it than when it comes from a publicist. But only slightly. By and large it will be best to assume that I will neither read nor respond to bulk email. (Exception to rule: email coming from vetted industry sources. Don’t worry, you guys are still okay.)
2. If you are sending a more personally-directed note, what I am still going to look for most of all is a directly accessible free and legal MP3. The less obvious it is from your email that you in fact have a free and legal MP3 available, the less likely I am to read it and/or listen to any music. If you only have a stream, on SoundCloud or anywhere else, with no download option, I can listen but I can’t consider the song for a review. And, to be honest, I might not even listen; for better or worse, this is one way I weed through submissions. Note that while Fingertips will host MP3s, I prefer that there exists online a permanent link to a free and legal MP3. If Fingertips is going to host the file, I need the download to be directly accessible, without strings attached (i.e., no email requirement, and no “pay what you want” downloads). Last word of warning: if I have to download an entire album, or some kind of promotional “kit,” before I can even listen to a song, I am not going to do the download. Sorry, but I guess that’s another way I weed through submissions. I really want to be able to listen to something first.
3. Fingertips does not review albums or EPs. Emails that are promoting albums, without any clearly indicated individual songs to download, are usually ignored.
4. Fingertips does not post videos. It doesn’t matter how cool your video is, I can do nothing with emails that are only promoting videos. I don’t care how far out of the realm of conventional wisdom this is, but I don’t need to watch music.
5. I do my best to listen to all submitted free and legal MP3s but I do not reply to “Did you listen to my music?” emails. Not trying to be rude but the volume of submissions rules this out. Remember, I’m not getting paid for this.
Bonus information for the extra attentive:
* Resist the urge to promote to me via Twitter or Facebook. An email is necessary. I don’t look to social media for promotional messages and I prefer not to see them in my streams.
* I really don’t like remixes, for whatever reason. Unless your name is Björk.
* Auto-Tune and I do not get along. I listen to music to hear singers who can sing. Wait till you hear how dated this sounds someday. You’ll be horrified.
* My name is Jeremy; you can find more information about me here.