One of the main goals of our Spinnup artists is the get the attention of the Scouts, and receive their valuable feedback. But what’s the best way to get the attention of a Scout? And how can you go one step further and actually get to work with a Scout, on their own music?
Spinnup Germany Scout David took some time out of his busy schedule as a singer-songwriter-producer-Scout to talk to us about his experiences as a Scout, including his work with German signing Chris Brenner, and how he invited a Spinnup artist he discovered to remix one of this own tracks! He also gives us his advice for getting the attention of a Scout – take note artists! It could be just what you need to take that next step.
Spinnup: Hi David, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Let’s start with you telling us a a bit about yourself
DP: I’m a full time songwriter/producer and artist. Most of the time you can find me in our studios at Tinseltown Music in Cologne, Germany. I don’t think of making music as a job, so it’s difficult to say what i’m doing in my spare time… but yeah, i like concerts, sports and watching football games a lot and tv series. I try not to overboard watching, which isn’t easy… I think I might have an addiction!
S: How long have you been a Spinnup Scout?
DP: About a year
S: How did you get into being a Scout?
DP: I worked with a German artist called Chris Brenner on a few tracks. He told me about his experience with Spinnup, and it sounded really interesting. In Chris’ case his experience with Spinnup resulted in him being signed by Universal Music Germany. To me this wasn’t a surprise because he’s so talented.
I visited the Spinnup site and contacted Karl (Germany’s Country Manager). We talked about music and Spinnup and it seemed like a good fit, so Karl invited me to be a Scout.
As a songwriter, producer and music-lover it is very, very interesting for me to get in touch with artists at an early stage of their careers and to be able to offer them some help. Sometimes this is just by giving feedback, or introducing them to some industry contacts I know, other times I help out on their songwriting or production. In a few cases we have started working together regularly, or I have signed them to my own record label, Escape Artists Records.
S: Who is the best artist you’ve come across on Spinnup?
DP: I can’t choose who has been the best, there is so much good music and so many highly talented people out there. But i’ve got to say that I was very impressed with the first tracks I heard from Chris Brenner (of course), Romar and MOGUL. Right now I’m working with a German rap group called Yago (formerly named Vincent Green). I discovered them a few weeks after I started scouting for Spinnup, and it worked out so well, that we decided to work on their music together. Their first single will be released on the 4th of August, I’m really proud of the results!
S: You also worked with MOGUL, how did he get your attention?
DP: MOGUL pitched me a song, ‘Making My World‘ and it is absolutely great. We emailed and talked a bit about music, he showed me a few more tracks, and as I released my own record a few month ago i asked him to do a remix… and lucky me, he did! And he did it in his own way, the remix feels totally different to the original track and it’s absolutely beautiful to hear how creative he worked on the track and how he felt it.
S: What do you think is the best way for Spinnup artists to get a Scout’s attention?
DP: It depends, but I think what’s important is to read the Scout’s profile and only push songs when you think, “yes, this fits”. Don’t push a rock song to Scouts who are only looking for Hip Hop or Electro, it just makes no sense.
But the best way to get attention is of course, the music. When you think it’s time to show your track to the world and you did the best you can, in songwriting and production, and you put your heart and soul into it… I think us Scouts will recognise it. Also it’s important to have a good Spinnup artist profile, with your social media links, pictures, videos – everything that helps to get to know you a little bit better!
For me personally, it makes me happy to read a personal message when you push me your song. It makes it so much easier for me to reply when I know what you are expecting from me and my feedback.