Hello all,First things first -- my music is pretty bloody odd. I've been playing it to friends and relatives for a while now, and not a single person has said: "oh, that sounds just like [fill in well-known or even slightly-known artist as appropriate]." In fact most of them have said things like: "Is that you?!", "Oh my god, this is like nothing I've ever heard before!", and "You are a very strange man." This is all well and good (I've come to terms with being a very strange man.), but it has left me with a bit of a problem when it comes to describing the music I write for the purposes of flogging it. What genre best categorises what I'm writing?Now I know that a lot of people say that it's bad news from a commercial standpoint if you can't clearly define a style for your work, perhaps because an overriding stylistic framework lends coherence to all the tracks on an album. However, I've actually worked very hard to refine and shortlist my tracks so that they hold together stylistically, despite their not fitting very well into any particular recognised category. I just need to have a better idea of what styles I'm closest to.This is a big reason why I've just joined Taxi. (Not the only reason of course. I'm also a keen collector of transport-based website subscriptions.) I'm hoping that by sending out various tracks to different listings I'll get really knowledgable opinions of what styles I fit into. The screeners don't owe me anything, so If I get forwarded, I've got to be suitable for the style in the listing, right? That's my logic anyway.The reason I'm posting is that, in true infuriating beginner's style, I've lucked out and managed to get a forward from my very first submission. Because I've found it really useful seeing the examples people have already posted of the tracks they've had forwarded, but also because most of the stuff I've heard has seemed more mainstream than what I'm doing, I thought I'd post information about any forwards I get, with links to the tracks on my Taxi homepage, in case they might be of benefit for those further off the beaten track. So here goes. My four-leaf clover Dispatch listing read roughly follows:"Melodic, emotional, intimate SINGER-SONGWRITER SONGS (with MALE vocals - no instrumentals) a la Ray LaMontagne, Jose Gonzalez, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Hayden, Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, etc. are again needed by a West Coast Publisher/Library for numerous projects on their plate. They're not too worried about lyrical content, but stay away from submitting songs with profanity. Songs with universal lyrical themes will be easier to place. They want great songs with sparse arrangements and a "quieter" sound rather than loud, full-band arrangements - songs where brilliant, emotional vocals come to the forefront and the musical performance is on equal footing. That doesn't mean that you can't have a multiple-instrument arrangement, but they do want a smaller, more personal sound. Great performances are required. Broadcast quality needed - great sounding home recordings are OK. TAXI # D070507SS"The track that got forwarded was called "Gimme", and can be found on my homepage http://www.taxi.com/triviul/
.(Particularly chuffed reading the listing again -- I suppose I must be a 'brilliant emotional vocalist' then. Well, well. My grandma will be pleased.)Hope this is of use to someone.