Getting Press Quotes

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by sean_w_mcgrath, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. sean_w_mcgrath

    sean_w_mcgrath does this forum name make me look fat?

    Anyone have any good strategies for getting press quotes on a band's latest release from radio and other industry professionals that typically don't publish reviews on your album? Is it common practice just to ask them for a quote to include in your press kit?

    Sean McGrath
  2. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Saturate the press with cd's. Local rags, mags, etc. Also, if you can, get a publicist.
  3. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Do what Woodchuck said, plus the following:

    Schmooze the local media. Invite them to your shows, take em out for lunch, give them a CD and other promo stuff. If they say anything about your band, ask them if you can quote them. Shouldn't be a big deal since as a reporter, they ask that question all the time.

    It never hurts to ask directly for a story or quote, once all the other things fail. The worst you get is a no, and you're at the same place you were before.

    Also, write up your own story and send it in. It could be simple as a press release for an upcoming show, to a full blown article about your band. You'd be surprised at how many articles are published this way. Imagine what a relief it would be for a busy (or lazy) reporter to have a usable article in their mailbox right before their deadline is due. They get the credit without the work, and you get free publicity. Win-win situation all around.
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    1.Start small - unless you've got a major following, it's going to be easier to get a review in a smaller "Shopper" type paper than the major newspaper in your city (which you have thoughtfully not provided in your profile). The smaller the paper, the more filler they're going to be looking for. If there's an "entertainment" paper or weekend guide kind of thing, find out if you play any venues that buy ads in their rag (not just the calendar listing, an actual ad). If you're playing someplace that advertises with them, make sure that whoever the "nightlife" editor knows when and where you are playing by sending a note along with your press release ("Just thought you'd like to know, since VENUE X doesn't list the bands in the ad in YOUR PAPER, that we're going to be playing there on THE DATE. Here's a copy of our CD, hope you enjoy it. And say HI if you get a chance to stop by VENUE X.")
    If they do a review of the band, see if they can say something about the CD. The more you have written about you, the easier it is to get written about.

    2. Charity begins with charity - You can do Good and do yourselves some good by donating performance time and CD giveaways with a local charity. Your performance/give-away becomes HARD NEWS, not entertainment tripe, and (by giving away CDs) you can more than likely get them to pick up verbiage and phraseology from your press release about the CD. So now that quote you got from the SHOPPING STRIP GAZETTE that got put in the publicity package gets picked up by the BIG PAPER IN TOWN, who wants to include a blurb about your CD to encourage people to make the charity event a success.
    Once you have an event scheduled, see if you can get a local radio or TV station to climb on board. Once you start making those kind of connections, the less your CD package ends up in the garbage or (just as bad) on somebody's shelf at home.