Guardian Music accepting demos from new bands

By Tom Aylott

The Guardian have launched a new initiative aimed at getting new bands on the radar, allowing them to submit music via a form on their website.

You have to be quick though, as you’ve only got until tomorrow to get your entries in for next week.

The Guardian Music site said the following about the project:

“It’s an uphill struggle for virtually all bands who are just starting out. Writing songs and learning to play them well is just the beginning – how do you get anybody to actually listen to your music?

The internet is a big help. With Tumblr, Bandcamp, YouTube and Facebook it’s reasonably easy to maintain a web presence. Free software such as Audacity has made it much simpler to record a demo, while BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio do a great job of unearthing the best new music being made by virtually unknown acts. Despite all this, there are thousands of acts toiling away unheard in bedrooms and garages across the country. We’d like to hear from more of them.

From next week we’ll be launching a new series on unsigned bands. We’ll pick a handful of demos each week, and invite our readers to listen and tell us which they like best.

Interested in taking part? If you’re an unsigned band or unsigned solo artist, send us your best recorded song via the form below. The track has to be on SoundCloud, and must be all your own work (so no cover versions please). We’ll do our best to listen to as many demos as possible, but I’m afraid we can’t guarantee we’ll listen to absolutely everything. For next week’s blog, we’ll only be accepting songs submitted before noon on Friday 11 January.”

Click here to get involved

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