One of our most popular MixMaster sessions, The Demo Dip returns (virtually via Zoom) on Wednesday September 15th, 4:30pm
Have you ever wondered what happens to all that music you’ve submitted to festival bookers, venues managers or radio stations once you’ve hit send or mailed your CD?
Well, at the Demo Dip, you get a chance to peel back the curtain and experience how the folks on the receiving end of your submissions sift through the tons of music submissions they receive.
When we have our Demo Dip in-person, musicians and bands would put their CDs in a box at the start of the session, and one-by-one, a disc was pulled out at random and the whole room (including a panel of industry experts) would listen to about a minute of the track.
For our 2021 virtual Demo Dip, the same principle applies. We are just asking for your demo submissions in advance. If selected, our panel will then offer feedback based on what they heard.
You may learn about some other successful artists that our panelists are reminded of, or perhaps a venue or audience that they feel could respond well to your sound. You may find out whether a radio DJ would play the track on their show, or if a promoter or talent buyer will be interested in hearing more or seeing a live show.
The Demo Dip is a fun and constructive process, focused on helping artists understand how their sound is perceived, and to share feedback on production, booking and future avenues to explore.
I’m in! Where do I submit?
Hold your horses there buddy. Read the tips below and scroll down for the link to submit via Dropbox.
Tips for Artists
Upload an mp3 or WAV file
We recommend mp3 (160Kbps or highter) or WAV file (44100Hz 16 bit stereo). Submit just one song, and make it your best one.
Make an impact!
60 seconds is not a very long time, so pick a song that gets to the point quickly! The Demo Dip is not a place to try to build a slow, long contemplative moody piece
Keep an open mind
This is an casual opportunity to hear and see how industry professional react to your music. Feedback will be offered in a positive and constructive way, so be sure to receive it that in that spirit. We’ll all have something to learn from it!
Demo Dip Panelists:
Adam Lewis heads Planetary Group, an artist development and promotions firm based out of Los Angeles that focuses on helping new and upcoming artists be heard and discovered through radio and online exposure in the US and Canada. Recently Adam has worked with such acts as Arlo Parks, Soccer Mommy, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Fitz & The Tantrums, and Portugal, The Man. In addition Adam also currently handles all publicity, promotion and media buying for Great Northeast Productions. Prior to Planetary, Adam was the Northeast Sales and Promotion Manager for TVT Records, working with Sevendust, Guided By Voices, The Black Crowes and Snoop Dogg. He has also managed major label artists, tour managed several national tours, promoted hundreds of shows, and worked in music retail.
Laura Wilson is the Live Music Manager for The Bohemian Foundation in Fort Collins, Colorado where she oversees two club venues (Washington’s and The Armory), an outdoor summer concert series and Bohemian Nights, an annual three day music festival. Previously, Laura was based in Philadelphia where she was a General Manager for Live Nation and Director of Programming and Assistant GM for World Cafe Live. Laura is also serves as the Treasurer/Secretary for NIVF (National Independent Venue Foundation).
Chris Haghirian worked for The KC Star for 21 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008 where he put together music promotions and events for them. He has worked with and organizes music for, Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, The Kansas City Royals and more organizations. With Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, Chris makes The Middle of The Map Fest happen each year and is looking forward to celebrating the tenth year of the fest next year. During COVID, along with John K at Propaganda 3, Chris produced KC Bands Together, a fundraiser for MMF that raised over $42,000 to help keep KC area musicians afloat during these crazy times. Chris gets to share his amazing passion for the Kansas City music scene as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 pm, on 90.9 The Bridge.
Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than two decades in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more. Fally is also the recipient of the Rocket Grant Award, which helped develop live music events for her community. Her work garnered attention nationwide after features in BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post.
Currently, she resides in Lawrence, Kansas, where she focuses on live events and photographs for various media entities. She loves balancing her love of live music with the loves of her life, her daughters, and a fussy little chihuahua named Agador Spartacus.