If you are an indie artist and would like to hear your music on The Vinyl Experience podcast, I would love to hear from you.

In order to avoid costly licensing fees, I can only accept submissions from artists who are not signed to a record label. You must own all rights to the music being submitted and grant me permission to play it on the podcast (any episode).

The Vinyl Experience retains absolutely no rights to your music. You are merely granting me permission to air it on the podcast.

Here are some guidelines, if you are considering submitting some of your music to The Vinyl Experience:

  • Send an email to thevinylexperience (at) gmail (dot) com, and in that email, tell me a little bit about you/your band. I’m not looking for a full fledged history, but just some flavor to help describe you or your band during the podcast. If there’s an interesting bit of information that pertains to the song you’re submitting, please tell me about it. I don’t fake interest, so if it’s something that I feel would be of interest to my listeners, I’ll talk about it on the podcast when introducing your work.
  • In this email, link your website (multiples if you have several, such as myspace/facebook/etc).
  • Send links to your songs. Please do not email your songs unless you simply cannot find a webhosting option that allows me to access it instead of it clogging up my Inbox. As stated though, as a last resort, you can send the song.
  • Please submit clear audio recordings. This may sound like an ironic statement considering the songs will be “vinylized”, however you have to trust me when I tell you that it makes a very big difference. If you recorded your song using your laptop’s built-in mic while sitting in your bathroom, the song will sound as though you recorded your song using your laptop’s built-in mic while sitting in your bathroom. That’s not to say I haven’t heard amazing performances from people recording their songs using their laptop’s mic while sitting in their bathrooms… however I am not likely to incorporate those recordings into the podcast.
  • Feel free to submit as many songs as you would like. Honestly. I will listen to each and every one of them. I may not always have the time to reply, but know that I appreciate each submission.

The question of covers

Many indie musicians, especially those just starting out, play covers… and I will say this honestly, in many cases, I prefer their versions. An indie musician often has nothing to lose and so will take chances with a song… and in so doing create something so much more powerful.

The problem, if one exists, is with the legality of me playing covers on the podcast. With original music from unsigned artists, I only need their permission and I’m well within my legal rights. However covers are an entirely different matter.

That being said however, music labels are not going after indie musicians posting their covers on YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and the likes. These are “widespread distribution”, just like a podcast, and so the issue is cloudy (to say the least). I know for a fact that if the cover is performed by a signed artist, I cannot play it.

The last thing I want is a cease and desist letter killing the podcast, especially considering the amount of work that I have invested in it thus far. And so until I find a clear answer to this question, I will not be accepting covers.

Thank you for understanding.