I am no longer accepting demos until further notice! The information below is no longer current.
Ektoplazm is both a netlabel (I work with an artist or artists on making an official release) and a distribution platform/content aggregator (I assess existing releases made by netlabels and independent artists and–if the release looks and sounds good–I host and promote it, effectively distributing it to a widespread audience). The following demo policy applies to any producer interested in working with the Ektoplazm netlabel group: Ektoplazm (psytrance), Drumlore (techno/progressive), and Omnitropic (downtempo/ambient). Labels and independent artists interested in distribution should read this instead.
Ektoplazm receives dozens of demos every week! For this reason, I only pay attention to SERIOUS demos. I do not have time to mess around with Myspace profiles, CAPTCHAs, and unfinished work. I also do not have time to give productions tips to beginners. Any demos that do not abide by this policy will be ignored!
Please link to full-length MP3s or lossless audio files in your very first message! These files should be properly named or tagged so I know who it is from. Send a brief description of your project and your artistic aims with your demo. You are welcome to use my FTP dropbox to send large files.
I strongly advise that you send only your best material. Do not send a package containing every track you’ve ever written or whatever you haven’t been able to release elsewhere. Ektoplazm may be a free music netlabel but I have a strong commitment to quality and professionalism–and you should too (if you’d like to work with me).
In summary, tips for making a good demo:
- Send direct links to MP3s. Don’t use annoying file sharing services with CAPTCHAs and wait times. Don’t send links to Myspace or streaming audio services.
- Send only your best material. Try to frame exactly what songs you intend to release. Never send incomplete work.
- Tell me what your project is about; don’t just send music.
- Personalize your demo. If your demo looks like spam it will be ignored.
Email is the only communication channel I accept demos through. Messages received by Myspace, Facebook, SoundCloud, or other social networking services WILL be ignored. Use the contact form to send your demo and be patient–I often have quite a backlog!