Lots of spammers/scammers in Digital Music Land.
As an "Internet Musician " on Sound Cloud for a few years,
I get these wonderful 'offers' daily, promising to help my music promotion.
Unfortunately, they all look like pocket pickers. Their spam emails mostly
reveal how amateurish they are. Their sites are sketchy , slap together.
Which is a shame, because there is a need for a legit and helpful Promotion
Service. I would like to believe they are out there. I guess I have to find them.
Back in the days of covered wagons, I believed the reverse- they would find me,
then we would talk business.
I also suspect, that SoundCloud is not effective ? I am not sure if they cleanse their
site of scammers/spammers. Or even care.
Here is a blog that further warns musicians :http://blog.sonicbids.com/7-red-flags-that-a-music-promotion-service-isnt-legit
7 Red Flags That a Music Promotion Service Isn't Legit:
Almost every artist who approaches me has had one or more negative experiences with music promotion in the past, and this is largely due to the “quick fix syndrome” on behalf of both individuals who engage in the partnership.
First of all, there are the automated music marketing services who I tend to call the "internet cowboys."
They offer progress and lavish promises at the push of a button. Facebook likes? You got it. YouTube views? Not a problem.
Get your press release on the desks of thousands of journalists? They do that too.
The artists who tango with these folks also suffer from the quick fix syndrome.
Rather than build a team of people and gain fans organically one by one, they instead aim for the mountaintop,
neglecting to do the proper research or seek out the proof that Google can provide.
So what are some common warning signs to look out for when researching music promotion services?
These aren't hard and fast rules, but they're all serious things to keep an eye on: