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How To Get Feedback if Your Song Isn’t Perfect

You don’t have to wait until you have the perfect song to release it. What happens if your non-perfect song is a hit? What happens if it’s not but you learn something valuable?

There is no such thing as a perfect song. Or a perfect anything for that matter. So stop waiting until you have a track that fits your made-up construct. Let us hear you!

More often than not people you know won’t give you the feedback you need – they’re tempted to sugar coat everything instead of giving a measured and supportive – yet blunt – response to your music. You could play all your songs with a friend and they love all of them – but they could also be bad songs. Or conversely, your so-called friends say everything is bad because they are secretly jealous of what you create and don’t want to see you win.

You never really know what is going on there. The only real way to get a good idea about songs is to release them to a wide audience. People who don’t know you personally will be able to tell you what they think of your songs by buying, or not buying them. Or playing them and telling people about you.

Mothers. Mothers are great at giving praise because they are proud of you. They probably like everything you create, and if they don’t, they probably won’t tell you – or won’t tell you in a way that you will hear the true message. Their job is a protector. So when you need a little boost, go and share your song with your mum and she’ll say it’s great.

There is a dude floating around the internet at the moment called Gary Vee. He’s a multi-millionaire and insists we must release music consistently. Not to worry about the track being perfect – just get it out there. We tend to agree. What’s the worst that can happen? Nothing. Nothing can happen. Nothing is the thing that happens when you don’t release music anyway so what do you have to lose?

But when you’re ready to see what the world thinks of your music, you gotta release it to the world.

 

How do I release music to the world?

That part is simple. Upload it to Spinnup. We’ve got your back with that one. Read our guidelines on how to make and submit artwork, and how to find producers to work with. Once you have your song upload it with us. We distribute to the world.

Ok now the song is in the ether…in the world…shared with the universe, how do you get feedback?

 

How do I get feedback from music fans?

Get out and play gigs. Great that you have your songs online, that’s the easy part. Play some gigs. Do a few open mics if you like. And do some full band gigs, and do some PA backed gigs, and acoustic gigs. Do you know how comedians test material on crowds before they go on tour? It’s like that. You’re testing material. Eventually, you will notice crowd favorites. What songs they usually pay attention to. Is there a track they dance or sing along to? Is there a song that repeatedly gets talked over?

Don’t drop a song because it was talked over once at one gig. Maybe you need to rework it a bit and keep playing it. Maybe the crowd wasn’t into any music that night and your song is good. Whatever it is, it takes a few goes because it becomes apparent that a song is not working (and vice versa).

 

How do I get feedback from music professionals?

Take a few minutes and find a quiet spot to sit and read our take on finding a manager, and also gander at how to behave in a label meeting. It may come in handy and we want you prepared.

Apart from the gig-goers and pub frequenters that will hear you live, there is a group of people that can somehow sniff out a hit in the first play. These are the professionals (not the ones who pretend to know what they are talking about. Learn how to steer clear of fakes).

Get meetings with the professionals – send them your music. Definitely not ALL your music. Pick two tracks that you have road-tested live. Read our guide to EPK’s for some direction. If you are a writer, get someone else to test your tracks live.

John Mayer said that audiences aren’t stupid. They will tell you if your track is good or not.

 

Are there any alternative routes?

Some say labels and managers and gigs are old school. But Yes. They still work.

And yes there are new avenues to take to get music out there. Marshmello played a live set on Fortnite. He has his own character in that game. How cool is that! Now, you probably need to be as big as Marshmello to get a live spot in Fortnite, but you don’t have to be a huge star to ask twitch streamers to play a track of yours while they are gaming. It costs them nothing. & It could get you some fans, or some streams.

Go to YouTube influencers as well – give them your track for free and ask if they will play it during a video of theirs. Influencers tend to link all music they use in the description of a video – and many of them use ‘free libraries’ to source music because paying for song usage can be more hassle than they deem worthy. Make it easy for them and just give them your track for free. Message 100 influencers on YouTube, and 100 twitch streamers. If no-one says yes, message 100 more. And if that doesn’t work, use a song your Mother hasn’t heard and keep it going.

It’s such a great time to share music. All eyes are online but the true road testing is live (hence getting songs to twitch streamers and playing to actual humans in an actual venue).

Remember, no need to be offended if your song gets talked over. It’s not personal. It’s not you. They are simply waiting for that imperfect song you are reluctant to release.

 

Read our other posts on songwriting: Songwriting – Getting Momentum, Five songwriting tools your DAW, How To Analyze Lyrics and Write Better ones.