My pal Syd wrote a great response to this edition of the Lefsetz Letter. And as someone who’s spent the last 8 years listening to mostly unsolicited demos at a major record label, a PRO, and now a publishing company, while I understand the frustration that bad music or inconsiderately presented material can bring to my day, Syd - in my opinion - is 100% right.
It’s easy to tell someone “no thank you” when they solicit you in any aspect of life (yes, even for a party you don’t want to go to). It’s JUST as easy to tell them “take me off of your list” (and easier still to click “unsubscribe”/”unfriend”/et al).
I think there’s a problem with how songwriters present themselves to “the industry,” but it’s a lot easier to say what NOT to do than what TO do. But that’s another conversation for another time.
If I could say I never heard anything good that was unsolicited, I would. But I can’t. And if I’m to preach what I practice, I’d have to say that it never hurts to ask.
"Comments are Closed" at Lefsetz.com, but take a(nother) minute and listen:
(Written late last night, April 5, 2012)
I had what counts as a great day in the music business today. Records I’ve worked on are coming out better than I dreamed, my band’s summer tour is coming together and I have been re-energized by my recent vacation.
Today our little record label found…