Jason's point about giving and receiving is a good one. Think about how you can make a positive contribution back to the label that you want promos from.
Are you going to play their stuff on a regular basis at a good club or on the radio? Are you going to order their records at the store you work at? Are you going to do some street marketing for them? Are you going to write a review in a zine or for a website? Is it going to show up on your DJ chart where someone can read it? Are you going to book one of the artists for an event?
Labels like to know this stuff. Sometimes the best thing to do is buy the record and send them some feedback before you start asking them for free copies.
From: Jason Jasberto Batog firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 13:49:28 -0700
Subject: Re: promo material
> I am now starting to play more of the nu jazz side of things but I don't get
> any promo material so I can rarely play the most upfront stuff.
> Can anybody suggest who I need to contact to try and get on some mailing
Haven't you done your digging? It's research time! Don't mean to sound
like a jerk but I always hear people asking to be on promo lists when they
don't even know who to contact or which label is better than other. It's
like a dis to the people are actually buying the music and have been for a
long period of time if you know what I mean... Not trying to start a war!
But honestly, the labels aren't about to put you on the mailing list because
the high majority of them have the promotion they need. Most of them
revolve around the give and recieve tactic that the majority that other
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