In an unusual flash of inspiration, I decided to login to my band’s myspace page this morning. While wading through the typical friend requests and e-mails that were sent to us two months prior, I stumbled upon this little gem in my inbox from user: ourmusicexperience (who is neither friend or acquaintance).
We found you on the web by searching for “Chicago Bands” on Google, clicking through 1000s of artist lists, and finally concatenating your name with myspace.com in hopes of finding you on MySpace. We could have found you with two clicks on RMusicX.com, but that is not the main reason we are sending you this message today.
The main reason is that we received a TOUR:SMART PLUS TICKET ($175 VALUE!!!) from Martin Atkins to GIVE AWAY.
[Editor’s Note: It rambled on for a bit, further discussing this Tour:Smart Plus Seminar and how awesome it’s going to be, but I won’t bore you with the details. Next comes my favorite part…]
THE COMPETITION IS SIMPLE!!!
1. Create your RMusicX.com listener account
2. Create your RMusicX.com musicians account (for Artists, Bands, and DJs)
3. Send contactus@RMusicX.com an email with your RMusicX.com musicians account URL. Subject: Tour:Smart Plus Competition
4. Get Votes on your RMusicX.com musicians account from friends, family, and fans. We even have customized mini flyers on your promotions page that you can print, cut, and hand out to fans at your next show.
5. Who ever has the most votes by March 28, 2010 @ 5:00 pm EST wins. If there is a tie, we will draw a random winner from the tied accounts. Video will be posted on the RMusicX.com home page.
For more information about the competition check out
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I’m not going to bother going into the logistics of who in their right mind is desperately trying to win a free ticket for a “two day immersion seminar in everything you need to know to become the rebel artistic entrepreneur you want to be.”
What I would like to take issue with however, is yet another random company trying to solicit me and my band like a bunch of starving telemarketers. They found me by searching “Chicago Bands” in Google? Then they clicked through 1000s of artist lists, only to find us? Uh-huh… sure. I guess that’s what they make the interns do after they finish scrubbing the bathrooms and pealing potatoes.
Even if I WAS interested in what this company had to offer, I’m immediately suspicious and put off by their approach.
This “competition” is something we’ve probably all seen a million times before. If you haven’t learned by now, 99% of “whoever gets the most votes” competitions are a complete waste of time. First and foremost, you’re basically asking your family, friends and fans to show their support on something that’s not only frivolous, but also probably requires them to create an account and thus be inundated with an endless supply of junk mail from a company they could care less about.
Trust me… it’s a much better idea to call in favors when you have an important gig and really need people’s support.
Secondly, by creating an account yourself, you’ve opened the floodgates for every “get-famous-industry-enhancing-business-development-tool” that RMusicX and their affiliates have to offer. Despite the crumbling music industry, there’s still plenty of money to be made off starry-eyed kids with dreams of being famous rock stars.
Truth be told, I have no knowledge or insider information about RMusicX or their business practices. For all I know, they could be offering some great service(s) that would help you and your band to get out of the basement and into the public eye. But if you ask me… something about them stinks (including that 5 – 11% they charge for any goods you manage to sell through their site).
Above all else, I urge you to think rationally and logically before signing up for every “WE HEARD YOUR BAND AND WANT TO HELP YOU!” that comes across your inbox.