Getting your music played
My band has a CD, 7", or some MP3's, can you play them ?
Yes. If your band plays some type of SKA, Rocksteady, 2tone, Reggae (roots / traditional) or a similar style you are welcome to send your music and I will add it to the playlist. You can email on the contact page with your facebook, website or a link to where I can get the songs. If you email the songs, send only 2-3 songs (under 25MB) per each email, any format will be acceptable but FLAC or WAV provides the best sound quality, AAC and MP3 encoded files are also acceptable but please encode to high bitrate (256+). I usually will add anything sent to me for free. You can also send your electronic press kits & info.
You can upload your songs or entire albums to a file hosting site like Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, etc.. then email me the link after upload. I will not share this link and you may delete your files after I have had time to download them all.
If your album is on Bandcamp, send in a download code.
If you want to send a real cd, record, stickers, swag or other physical media, message for delivery info.
If you send me an email with an Itunes link and say my band has a new album, can you buy it and add it to your playlist and share our album link a bunch of times ? That may not happen.
What's you song submission policy ?
I do not have a formal submission / review policy. If it's ska related, I will add it to the playlist.
I see songs have facebook & amazon links, can you change ours ?
Yes. Most every song has a Band link to their webpage or facebook along with Buy link, typically to Itunes, Amazon or Bandcamp. Should your band have a preferred store or webpage, let me know and I can change the links that appear with the songs.
My band is on your site, can people download my music ?
No. My site is streaming only(like Youtube, Myspace & Facebook music players) and Im sure some people may be able to figure out how to save a song from my station, myspace, youtube, etc but it would be like taping off the radio. Most songs are faded in & out, so both ends of the song would be overlapped by another song or station promo and the bitrate is much lower than a song purchased from itunes or amazon mp3. There are also time limits of how often each song, artist & album can be requested and a limit on the number or requests accepted per hour & per day from each listener. I provide links on most songs to a legal music storefront (amazon, itunes, bandcamp or your custom link) and to a web site(myspace, facebook, official web page, etc) so hopefully each band will gain fans a get a few album sales after being played.
I am getting new music each week submitted directly from artists or labels and so far no band has yet asked to have their music removed. If your band (or label) does not what it's (or your) music played and would like it removed then I have no problem with that and I will remove it as soon as possible. Email me your request and your affiliation with that band.
Can someone request and play our entire album at once ?
No. There is a limit of 4 requests per listener in a short amount of time and of those 4 requests, there can no be more than 1 for an artist (or band) or a single album. Additional requests will return a message telling the user this album or artist has already been requested. There is also a delay between the time a listener requests a song and when it may play, preventing the station from serving as an 'on demand' library.
My Band is not on your site, do you not like them or can you add them ?
Yes I can add them. If I do not have them, most likely I do have have their (or your) music and may have never heard of them. Even though I have been collecting ska music for many years there have been thousands of great bands over the last 40+ years and with new albums coming out every week, it would be very difficult & expensive to buy each album I saw music just for the sake of buying it. I might buy several albums per month, new and old, and most of those are added on the station. If your music is not on the site and you would like it played, send it to the address listed above.
We do not have an official album out, can you play demo's or live tracks ?
Yes I can play whatever you want to send me, weather it's from a album or something your recorded last night in the basement. If its live, a soundboard recording is preferred. In the end it's up to you, if the quality is good enough that you feel people will be able to enjoy it and want to hear more from your band, then feel free to send the songs in.
We have our new single / album dropping Friday, can play only tracks 2 & 6 until the release ?
Yes, I can add songs to the station but keep them out of rotation / requests. If you only want your lead single played before your album comes out, let me know when sending it in when it will be released and what tracks you want available.
Also, if you have a new track dropping Monday at 1PM, let me know, I can set it to play at a certain date and time.
Can I see how much our songs have been played or requested ?
Yes, email me with your band name and your affiliation with that band. I will be able to get you this information.