Q: WHERE CAN I GET ALL THE ANSWERS?
A: The busy little hive that is the Bloodshot nerve center is bombarded with questions everyday. Unfortunately, most of them are the same few. So, in order to streamline your day, keep us from getting curt on the phone, and build a more perfect union, we give you the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
How can I get in touch with Bloodshot?
How would an ambitious young band garner the attention of your keen, highly-trained ears?
What do you think of MP3s and file sharing?
I want to use Bloodshot music in my Podcast. What’s your policy?
Are you hiring? Should I send a resume?
What is Bloodshot's connection to the RIAA?
Who should lawyers and licensers seek out?
Why is it sometimes so hard to find Bloodshot stuff in stores?
What can I, the music fan, do to help?
Can stores/distributors contact Bloodshot directly about getting your releases on their shelves?
Where else can I find Bloodshot on the Internet?
Through Which Digital Download Services Might I Purchase Bloodshot Releases?
What are the Bloodshot staff's favorite super-charged power ballads?
Got a question? Send an email to bshq [at] bloodshotrecords.com
ADDRESS: 3039 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago IL 60618
WEBSITE: www.bloodshotrecords.com (duh)
SPECIFIC ARTISTS: If'n you're looking for an artist's address to send them words of encouragement, fan mail, poems, old clothes, songs, or the keys to your vacation home on Jamaica, just send it c/o above address and we will make sure they get it. We swear.
NEW MEDIA PROMOTIONS AND WEBSITE: Mike Smith (his real name...we think) mike [at] bloodshotrecords.com
RETAIL: Pete Klockau pete [at] bloodshotrecords.com
Q: How would an ambitious young band garner the attention of your keen, highly-trained ears?
A: Ok, we're going to be perfectly honest here and ask you, the submitter of demos, to PAY ATTENTION to the following caveats and suggestions. Some of what's written below may be hard to take. Probably, just like your demo. Zing! I'll be here all week.
Before sending us anything, look around the web site, listen to tracks, and get familiar with whom we work. Our love of death metal, hardcore, emo, folk, and techno varies from person to person in the office, but IT IS NOTHING THAT FITS INTO OUR ROSTER. You are wasting a CD by sending it and trying to convince us that "but I can be the exception."
We absolutely DO NOT accept demos from third party lawyers or promotion companies shopping stuff for clients. They are bad people and we would rather not have to deal with them. They waste your money and they waste our time.
We never "request" anything. There's no quicker way to get your package recycled than to write "requested material" on the package. Just because we were polite and told you our address so you could send something doesn't mean we "requested" it.
Also, if you are a band or artist who has a day job and no vacation time we probably can't work with you. These days in the cruel world of the music business if you don't have time to commit yourself to working your ass off, neither do we. If you're looking for a bit of tough-love advice on the realities of clawing yourself up in the music industry, take a look at this essay by our fearless leader, Rob.
While we don't require a polished CD and fancy press kit, someone sending us a "developing project" with just a guitar recorded on a four track should head back to the drawing board. We cannot/ will not help finish your band for you.
We do not shop songs to our artists, ergo we do not accept songwriter submissions. If you are convinced that a song of yours is absolutely perfect for somebody, we suggest tracking down the artist at a show and giving them the song.
To our European friends, there are certain practical realities that a label our size has to face. One of them is this: there really isn't any way we can work with bands that are based overseas. It just isn't practical.
Finally, we are inundated with demos and, while we eventually listen to them all, do not expect a timely response-or possibly any response. If we think your stuff is something that would fit well with what we do, we will contact you.
PS: We keep a "wall of shame" in our bathroom. Do you really want to be on it?
P.S.: DO NOT clog our inboxes with MP3s.
P.P.S. If your promo photo contains more than ZERO dudes wearing sandals, re-shoot it. Or join a different band. No man-feet please.
Q: What do you think of MP3s and file sharing?
A: Well, when this whole MP3 thing started to show up, we, being a small label with limited means, had no strong objections to it. If people were curious about an artist of ours, it seemed quite good that people could download a song and listen to it. If they liked it, they could then go out and buy the album---a simple and free way to get our music publicized, so what if U2 loses a few thousand sales, right?
Sadly, as the number of people availing themselves to this technology has grown, the number of people who have no connection or loyalty to the independent music they are downloading has also grown---they are just looking for some free music.
No harm, right? WRONG. Each time someone does this, they are depriving the artist of income for their creative efforts. We're not talking about Lady GaGa, Don Henley or Jay-Z here. We're talking about struggling musicians who drive around in crappy vans, who keep crappy day jobs, and spend long periods of time away from their families and friends, all to bring you interesting, fun, and un-crappy music. A couple of hundred lost sales to these bands represents a significant dent in their ability to tour. Recording studios aren't free, you know. Neither are vans, hotels, gear, gas, etc.
So, if you love independent music and want to support it, you are harming that which you profess to love by swiping music for free and passing it around to all your friends. Sure, if you're a moral person and do it to evangelize the cause and continue to buy their CDs or legally download their music, we have no problem with that. We even offer lots of MP3s on this site for you to sample, but only in the hope you'll download the song, enjoy it, tell your friends and come back to hear more from that band. But if you think that full scale swiping does not have ramifications for the independent artists you want to support, you are quite wrong.
Besides, vinyl sounds better. No question.
Q: I want to use Bloodshot music in my Podcast. What's your policy?
A: We love the fact that you are interested in using Bloodshot bands in your podcast (you obviously have impeccable taste in music), however, this is a very tricky subject, so stay tuned for further developments on our podcast policies.
In the meantime, while we can't give you permission to use just any song from our catalog, you're more than welcome to use any of the songs that are available as MP3s on our website, which you can find by going to any particular release page.
If you have any other podcast questions, contact Mike mike [at] bloodshotrecords.com, and he'll probably tell you, "No." Just kidding, he's pretty nice.
Q: Are you hiring? Should I send a resume?
A: No. Maybe. The path to a rewarding career at Bloodshot begins in our warehouse (or behind the dumpster at the Hideout). Either way, we like to hire fresh, young, corruptible interns and turn them into shriveled pieces of human wreckage. You got what it takes to flush your life down the toilet? Email scott [at] bloodshotrecords.com to inquire about an internship.
Q: What is Bloodshot's connection to the RIAA?
A: NONE. ZERO. ZILCH. Any mention of Bloodshot as a member of the RIAA is just plain wrong.
Q: Who should lawyers and licensers seek out?
A: Nan Warshaw can take care of such unseemly matters. Call her at 773-604-5300 or email nan [at] bloodshotrecords.com
Q: Why is it sometimes so hard to find Bloodshot stuff in stores?
A: Getting thorough distribution for tiny, well-meaning organizations like us is a painful, demeaning uphill battle with sometimes erratic results. Most stores on the planet have access to our distributors. Trouble is they may not know that.
OR, given these troubled times for music retailers, they may only be stocking "the hits".
Q: What can I, the music fan, do to help?
A: Good question! Ask your local record store specifically for our releases. If that gets you dirty looks or, worse, inaction, you can mail order the goods directly or get here on our website. Then, let us know which stores in your area don't carry what you want---send us a message naming names and we'll direct our considerable powers of persuasion at these trouble makers.
Q: Can stores/distributors contact Bloodshot directly about getting your releases on their shelves?
A: Absolutely. Contact Scott Schaefer at 773-604-5300 or Email scott [at] bloodshotrecords.com
Q: Where else can I find Bloodshot on the Internet?
A: Everyone's talking about social networking nowadays--web 2.whatever, we are all Time's "Person of the Year", etc etc. Never to be left behind the curve, we here at Bloodshot headquarters have spread our wares across the internet for you to peruse, download, comment upon and add to your little corner of the web.
You can network up with the BSHQ and become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out what Bloodshot artists people have been listening to over on Last.fm. We've got a ton of videos and live footage up on our YouTube page.
Got some great photos of Bloodshot artists? Head over to Flickr and add them to the Bloodshot photo pool!
A: Rob: Nazareth, "Love Hurts"
Nan: Elton John, "Someone Save My Life Tonight"
Scott: Night Ranger, "Sister Christian"
Piercy (Pete): Styx, "Lady"
Swank: LA Guns, "The Ballad of Jayne"
Josh: Europe, "Final Countdown"
"Mike Smith," Queen, "The Show Must Go On"
Q: Through What Digital Download Services Might I Purchase Bloodshot Music?
A: Bloodshot releases are available at these fine digital retailers: Fina, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, and Amazon Digital! Check out our detailed guide to all of these retailers.