Who are you?
Hello, we are Choose My Music Records. A former music blog turned record label that focuses sharing brilliant new music. We live in a small town called Burton on Trent in Staffordshire, England
Former blog? What happened to it?
It's still there, and we still use it to feature bands every now and then, but when we are already working with a number of bands on the label, keeping the blog up is a mighty hard job. There are only so many hours in the day.
And how do you find bands?
Perseverance! All of the bands we feature are discoveries we have made. By this we mean the bands haven't been sent to us from PR companies, we haven't featured them because we received an awesome press release or because the band send us a funny email.
We actually get more pride in our work by hunting out the bands ourselves as opposed to them being offered on a plate to us, because the chances are if we have received a press release about a band, so has 1000 other music blogs. We want our content to be unique.
Tell us more about Choose My Music Records
Well the label started with the release of The State Of Music Vol.1 in January 2012, since then we have gone on to release various compilation albums plus full studio albums from a host of top quality bands.
Most of the physical releases we do are done on a limited edition basis, and most sell out before the actual release date. Once they are gone, they are gone.
So how do I make sure I don't miss out on a great Choose My Music Records release?
A few ways really - add our website to your favoruites, keep an eye on our Twitter account - @ChooseMyMusic and our Facebook page. We also send our occasional emails to our mailing list - you can either add yourself to this manually or if you download on of our free albums you will be automatically added to the list
I'm in a band, where should I send my press release
Well, without sounding mean, I wouldn't waste your time. We get a whole ton of press releases every day and don't get to read them - the fact that there are so many bands paying PR firms who put in so little effort for often very poorly written releases, we'd rather not encourage that kind of thing.
What we say is this - if you are good enough, we will find you eventually.
Wait a second, you are based in the UK - yet most of the bands you feature are from the USA. Why is that?
It isn't and never will be our intention to not feature many UK based bands, but this is because we generally have a problem finding ones we love. I guess it is all relative, there are more bands to pick from in the USA and Canada - so the odds are we are more likely to find ones we enjoy.
The State Of Music project - what is that all about?
The State Of Music is what really got the blog and record label up and running. We wondered if it would be possible to discover, interview and release music by one unsigned or indie label band from all 50 US States.
And is it?
Yes - it took us 9 months to find all 50 bands, but we did it. We also released 5 State Of Music albums, which feature one song from all 50 bands. You can download these at our bandcamp page
So you must have made some money off that project?
We didn't make a penny, because we gave it all away to charitable causes. First the money went to Camden Calling, a UK community group who supported homeless musicians. Sadly even our donation couldn't keep this organisation from having to close due to lack of funds.
Any money we do make from the project now is donated to Street Soccer USA, another charitable organisation who support the homeless through the creation of soccer teams.
Well, we run some amazing New Music For Mondays night at our local indie cinema / art gallery which is known as The Quad - these nights are FREE and run on the last Monday of every month
We are also keen for any creative partnership opportunities & linking up with similar organisations, especially tour agencies who would be interested in helping some of our bands play in the UK.