Is This Pay-For-Play?

NO! Absolutely not. Real Rob Taylor is not and never will be pay-for-play.

One of my key motivations for setting up this podcast up to counter the ripoff that is pay-for-play. I’m grateful to all bands and artists who take part and I can categorically promise that they will never ever be asked to pay to have their tracks played.

What Gets Played?

Try me! I want this podcast to be about good music rather than any specific genre or sound. So I’m open to pretty much anything. Call me genre-neutral.

However, bear in mind that I need to make my shows listenable. Remember that listeners aren’t obliged to sit through the entirety of your 30-minute speedcore opus, and they probably won’t.

The wider the audience we can get for the shows, the better it is for everyone who contributes. So although I’m all for art being challenging, if something is designed purely to offend, or is just plain abusive, it is very unlikely to get playlisted.

If I find I’m receiving a lot of tracks from a single genre or sub-genre, I’ll periodically create dedicated spin-off shows to ensure the good stuff gets an audience. (Even those 30-minute speedcore opuses. But they’ll have to be good.)

I’ve submitted my music. Does that guarantee that it’ll be playlisted?

Nope. But remember that if it doesn’t get played, it doesn’t mean it’s bad. As I create this show for the love of it (which means I don’t get paid) I can’t devote all of my time to listening to everything as soon as it comes in and producing tons of content. But if your track is not playlisted in the next show, don’t despair, as it may just be waiting to fit more beautifully into a future show. I’ll try my best to keep you informed.

I’m in a cover / tribute band. Will you play our stuff?

Only if you’re genuinely bringing something new to the works you’re covering. For example, pretty much anything by Brass Against would definitely get playlisted, as would Abstract Orchestra‘s acoustic covers of MF Doom and Madvillain tracks.

While I have absolutely nothing against cover and tribute bands, they always work better live. For recorded music, the real thing is usually preferable.

What is the Sleeve Notes section for on the submission form?

On the blog post accompanying every podcast, we’ll include a full playlist for the episode. Each track listed will be accompanied by the name of the performing artist or band and one direct link to whatever is most relevant.

So, for example, if you’ve got a new track or album out, include a link to your bandcamp (or similar) page where listeners can download the track. If you’ve got a tour or gig coming up, include a link that provides details of where you’re playing and when.

And if you’ve just sent us a great tune but have no upcoming gigs news to share, include whatever link is best for listeners to find out more about you and your music.