HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR
DEMO -- by Peter Carli -- posted
October 28th, 2014|
Contact email addresses updated January 3rd, 2015 --
Peter Carli DBA Radiation Room is accepting musician
demos thru July 1st, 2015. This is an in-house survey and is not
a prescreen for a 3rd party.
Solicited materials only - you will need to
receive an email or other written confirmation from me before sending in
your work - explained below.
NOTE: DO NOT SEND MONEY. There
is no fee, bribe, payola, or other cash transaction required to get me
to check out your demo. Especially if you prove to be Music God or
an interstellar creative deity or maybe Robert
While I will consider music of any genre for artist
development, production and/or management, musicians who perform the
following are highly encouraged to send in a BluRay, DVD or VHS of their
live show, along with their press kit, tear sheets and other relevent
materials. If you have a studio CD, please include a copy of it as well.
While I do have stylistic preferences substance and quality rule
the day so be your best!
"Modern Pop" solo artists and groups
similar to the styles of Bruno Mars, P!nk, Alex Clare, Taylor Swift,
Lorde, Lana Del Ray, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke.
Since "Pop" can mean almost anything in this day and age one must be
unique as well as accessible to gain traction in this
"Neo Soul" solo artists and groups
similar to the styles of John Legend, Mayer Hawthorne, The Roots, Erykah
Badu, Donny Hathaway, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Pharrell Williams.
"Modern Country" solo artists and groups
in the styles of Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Florida/Georgia Line,
Miranda Lambert, Dixie Chicks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allison Krauss,
George Strait.Since "Country" can mean almost anything in this day
and age one must be unique as well as accessible to gain traction in
"Adult Album Alternative" and "Modern
Rock" solo artists and groups similar to the styles of Beck, Grace
Potter, Sarah Bareilles, Florence and The Machine, The Killers, Melissa
Etheridge, The Fixx, Coldplay.
"Vocal oriented Dance/House/Techno" solo
artists and groups similar to the styles of Swedish House Mafia, Daft
Punk, Ultra Nate, Frankie Knuckles, DJ Kaskade, Modjo, Kristine W, David
"Jazz" solo artists and groups, vocal or
instrumental. - Since "Jazz" covers a wide array of musical styles
and subgenres this category includes most everything ranging from early
Miles Davis, Be-Bop and Dixieland to Kenny G styled Pop-Jazz, Acid Jazz
in the styles of Euge Groove and Ronny Jordan to "Big Band Heavy Metal"
such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Style not as important as substance
so just be incredible and let me figure out the rest!
WHAT YOU NEED TO
BE AMAZING!!! If you expect me to
assist you in your quest to rule the world you need to make me your
number one fan! Being able to perform in front of others and
communicate with the audience is everything! Quality counts!
Read and reread the article, "So You Want To Be A Star.... Now Really?"
and re-read it again and seriously ask yourself if you have what it
takes to be the next Robin Thicke, P!nk, Jennifer Hudson or Neil
Diamond. Please understand that I am dead serious about making my living
making music and you need to be just as serious! Those who put in the
effort have the best shot at success and those who slack off can go jump
in the river IMNSHO. So only those who are willing to work need apply
otherwise don't waste your time or my time!
Make a video of you and/or your band/act
performing cover versions of three songs of your choice. While
footage of you in front of an audience is preferred, video of a
rehearsal is acceptable. It is best to pick songs that are well known
within the genre/style of music you perform, or alternately you may pick
a classic song from a different genre/style and add your own "twist" to
it. Since the ability to perform live and "put on a show" is Priority
Number One, original song demos will only be accepted from previously
screened acts who I request additional material from.
Make a DVD (preferred), BluRay or VHS copy
of your demo footage - three songs minimum. Make sure your band/act
name, your name, telephone number, and email address are affixed/labeled
clearly and directly on your video disk or tape. Jewel boxes and tape
cases can and sometimes do get lost, and there is nothing more
frustrating than having a killer demo and not knowing who it belongs to.
Make sure that you send a copy and not the original of your video
since I do not return demos.
NOTE: I do not accept demos on USB sticks or
digital media cards. Yeah, stick memory is k3wl but honestly with all
the computer virii going around I'm not going to risk giving my network
a case of the W32.klez by inserting unknown media into it. I do not
accept demos via email or FTP at this time for the same reason.
You will also need to include information about
your act/group. What kind of music you perform and the area of the
country you perform in. Your act's bio, newspaper tear sheets,
printouts of internet commentary, and photos of you and your members,
both head shots and gig pix are helpful. If you have a studio CD, please
include it with your video demo along with your press kit, tear sheets
and other relavent materials.
When you have all of your materials together,
shoot me an email at
You will receive a confirmation email reply with further
instructions. DO NOT SEND ANYTHING WITHOUT A CONFIRMATION EMAIL
PRINTOUT! Demos received without prior contact will be thrown out.
When you snail-mail your demo, it is best for you to
"wrap it like a Burrito". Make sure you include a printout of the
confirmation email and lay the printout face down. Place the band bio,
pix, tear sheets and other material on top of the printout in the same
fashion and place your DVD or videotape at the top of the stack. Then
roll it up! The confirmation email printout should end up on the
outside, plainly visible. Then I will know exactly who you are when
opening it. Those of you who have watched someone screen demos know just
how many hundreds of envelopes, press kits, and tapes/DVDs can pile up
in short order. All of these little rules help me get to your work
quickly give your demo a more thorough review.
You will be notified by email or telephone call if
you blow my socks off. No SASE needed. Yes it's that easy!
QUESTION: "Why don't you go out and scout bars
for undiscovered musicians?" ANSWER: On a given night there are
thousands of places hosting live music with thousands of musicians
playing at the same time spread across the United States. How am I
supposed to know which are worth my time without knowing something about
them first? Translation: If your demo makes me say "WOW", I'll gladly
check out your show. (Just make sure my name is on the guest list -
At this time I am accepting demos from The United
States of America only and will give preferential treatment to
submissions from acts in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC,
Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, and the
New England States.
Disclaimer: You must be at least 18
years of age or have written permission from a parent or guardian to
participate in this screening.
Disclaimer: There are no guarantees,
warranties or promises of any kind being made as part of this
Disclaimer: All materials sent for review
become property of Peter Carli and Radiation Room.
Disclaimer: This solicitation is governed
by the laws of the United States of America, Commonwealth of
DO NOT SEND MONEY! There is no fee to get
me to review your demo! I HATE SONG SHARKS and refuse to play that game! -
Click the link here to find out why.