I want to ride a little on my post last week. I have been sending out songs to people who are reputed to review material, so I can post the good ones in my Bio. This is, as far as I am concerned, a good strategy. Sometimes I need to pay a small amount for the review, but that is OK as well. I usually get one or two usable reviews for every ten or so bad ones. Let’s face it, my form of Americana/Country/Honky Tonk/what I sometimes term “Horse Punk” doesn’t fit well with mainline pop music heads.
Bad reviews do not bother me. I have a thick skin when it comes to reviews and being panned by so-called, and mostly self-appointed, “music industry professionals.” But sometimes one will stand out because of its disingenuousness nature. I am going to quote the full review and then discuss it later. It was off a MusicXray offering.
- Hi Hilary,
- my comments:
- sounds like it would have been a big hit if this had been made in the 50s, like it’s a lost Elvis B-side or something.
- the vocalist sounds a little bored, i think if it was a bit faster and it was sung with a bit more force and passion (maybe in a higher key) then it could be better. also this could be hidden with vocal effects in the mix.
- you say it’s in your face, but really its not at all compared to the modern way of producing records. i think it could be remixed really well with a lot more distortion and compression on everything, and some slapback delay on the vocal (like in a lot of tracks by the killers). basically take it to a mix engineer and say “make this sound modern”.
- a powerful drum track would do wonders for this song as well. do you know any good drummers?
Potentially this is a really good track if you made the changes i suggested above, but still i don’t know if it would have a chance commercially nowadays. but then again i’m from england and have no idea how big the market is for rockabilly.
A lot of the success would be about image more than the song with this music nowadays. check out Seasick Steve – a very unlikely global success, but it’s because of his persona more than his songs. i cant remember a single line from any of his songs, but i know i enjoyed it when i saw him play to 100,000 people at Glastonbury festival last year.
Good luck, and let me know if you have the multitrack files (Wavs) and want a grittier modern mix, I’d do it for $75. Or anything specific you want further advice about, message me back here.
First I’d like to say that indeed he does not understand the genera, but the point is that I believe he ripped me a new one so he could offer to help me for $75.00, which is just not kool in my book–especially when the deal was set up as a simple review. I call this a “con.” And I advise my readers that I truly am not a sucker, and not to be one themselves. Second, I did not post this to get revenge or to get sympathy, I am discussing this as a warning to those beginning in the music industry.
This kind of thing happens to me a lot. I also get raving comments, and radio stations that ask to put me in their rotation. Also this particular song get wild response from my crowds. I am not going to post the song because the song is irrelevant. If you really want to hear it go to http://www.reverbnation.com/hilarymarckx4590 and play “Rock You Up.” But my question here is, How honest is a reviewer, and how much trust can we place in a reviewer who sets us up with a bad review and then asks for money to “fix” our music? I do not mind paying for “fixes.” I have a friend that says, “I don’t mind getting screwed, but at least give me a little romance when you do it.” There just was no romance in this con.