October 25, 2020

While this is not a bad thing – artists seem to be using their downtime during the pandemic to record as well as dig through archives of older material – it does mean that our already-overwhelmed queue has never been deeper. While we make no qualitative judgment about such submissions, we generally delete them after a quick listen. This really screws up Microsoft Windows file management tools as well as some media players. In an economic sense, there is more demand for reviews than supply of reviewers. If you submit WAVs or FLACs, we have to convert them. But if you’d like to maximize your chances for review, please take a look at our submission guidelines from 2017. It means that we generally will not listen to the recordings until the conversion is complete. Thanks! We often have to manually edit MP3s with embedded art in order to remove it. All of the above may seem like minor nits being picked, but the volume of submissions results in us spending hours per week managing, sorting, and queuing these submissions. But this takes time, perhaps a few minutes per submission, and we often receive a couple dozen of these per day.Submit MP3s. Since then, we have noticed a few additional things that can easily be done to make it more likely that we listen to and write about your music. We play digital files on systems that use metadata for indexing and search. A surprising number of submissions fall outside of the types of music we cover. Anything that you can do to reduce our efforts in this regarding is going to increase the likelihood that we spend more time listening to and possibly writing about your music. Exception: If an individual reviewer asks for non-MP3 encodings or physical media, please honor those requests. If your files have incorrect metadata – or none at all – we may not be able to find your music. If anything, Avant Music News is going to be reducing its social media presence in the future, so please make submissions via email. Most of these suggestions involve ways that you can help us save time in processing submissions so that we can spend more time writing about them. There is not much that can be done about that. The rest is optional.Do not embed or link album cover art into digital files. More on How to Get Reviewed on Avant Music News

October 25, 2020 ~ Mike

First of all, let me admit that we have been receiving an incredible number of submissions of albums for review over the last 7 months or so. Sorry. But submissions to our main email address should include links to downloadable MP3s.Get your metadata right. As a result, there are some very, very good submissions that will not be reviewed, even though these albums are quite deserving of more attention. (Eventually, I’ll be integrating these points into the guidelines.)

Don’t spam us with off-topic music in the hope that we write about it. Again, more time spent doing something other than listening to your music.Do not contact us on social media. We use Facebook and Twitter in largely a “write-only” fashion and do not check our inboxes on these platforms every day. Metadata should clearly identify the artist, album title, and song titles.

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