Quote:I have to say that the black balled comment, or the idea that offending the screeners will create a bias against our future submissions is seriously something that I wonder about.No offense, but you, me, the rest of us, we're not that important. Taxi has thousands of members with usually more than a hundred listings active at any one time. This means that there are a LOT of songs being critiqued and listened to every day. For them to single out you, me, anyone else, would be a monumental effort and none of us are important enough to warrent that kind of attention. They're there to screen songs. There's really nothing more sinister to it than that. Quote:A big issue for me is the idea that, these songs seem to be getting screened on random consumer stereo systems, because sound quality is one thing that should NOT differ so much in opinion. High quality is high quality, if one professional thinks so, they should all at least have scores around the same ballpark. With that said, I have yet another experience to solidify the notion that these songs may infact, be screened on consumer stereos rather then professional flat frequency response monitor speakers. Why wouldn't you just give Taxi and call and ask or maybe fire up the "Taxi cam" where you can see the whole thing? It's not a secret. I know and can tell you that they evaluate the music in a "quiet room" in cubicles on headphones (nice headphones) and how could they do otherwise? Using speakers, any speakers, would mean that each reviewer would have to have his/her own personal sound-isolated booth. Send your music directly to Capitol records and chances are that they'll review your music the same way Taxi does. But really, talk to Taxi about this stuff. They're not a secret society and really very nice. You can even take a little tour through Taxi and meet everyone if you call and ask.Quote:Now, before I start I want to say, I in no way blame this reviewer for this, as this reviewer is the only reviewer (I've only had 3 different reviewers) who has analyzed my material to make what seems to be very honest, and thought provoked points. He's also the only one to give me any pointers on what I can actually do to improve the song...and before anyone asks, no I'm not boot licking because I was forwarded, as I was returned. This reviewer was #226, and he was very insightful, and has picked up on things the other reviewers have not.That is my experience as well. Some reviewers are more helpful than others (like anything, store clerks, waitresses, policemen) but over three years and at least a hundred submissions, I've found that helpful reviewers far outnumber the non-helpful reviewers.Quote:Anyway, this reviewer was the one who reviewed my "The Exorcism" the first time with a score of 8, 8, 8, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8. The critique I received today was from the same reviewer #226, same song "The Exorcism", same version, only this time it scored 8, 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8. Now, it's not that the score is THAT different, but do you notice how the only section the score differs in is production and engineering? I know it's only a difference of 1 point, but let's face it, one point means alot when you only have 10 to work with and a 9 looks a hell of alot better then an 8, as an 8 does a 7. From my point of view, the fact that anyone could review a song, then review hundreds, maybe thousands of songs, and then re-review the original song and come within 1 point of their original review, well this just demostrates amazing consistancy. 8's is all I ever get usually but that's no barrier to getting forwarded or placed. The main barrier is always how appropriate the music is for the listing.Quote:I really feel that it's important that experiences like my own are put here for people to read, because I really get the impression that there are alot of others out there thinking the same thing and not saying it because of the flaming they receive from loyal defensive TAXI members. Oh yeah... forum members don't post their real thoughts and just tremble in fear! I re-read my original reply and the replies of others to your original post and "flaming" is definitely not what you got. No one called you names or insulted you or your family personally. That's flaming and it just didn't happen. Re-read the replies of the people that took the time to respond to your concerns. Offering their own experience and/or disagreeing is not "flaming". Besides, several posts were responding to your request for free MP3 software. No flaming, sorry, no flaming.Quote:I say, play live, get the public talking about you. It's a long hard road, but at this stage, I think it's probably the only possible way to get that worth while recording contract.That is one way of many. I'd encourage you to keep an open mind and learn about pursuing other avenues as well. DavePS - Weren't you going to post some music at some point?PSS - Check out my post here:http://taxi.proboards27.com/index.cgi?a ... page=1It's
an alternative and/or addition to both Taxi and "playing live and hoping for a contract". It's just another avenue to getting your music heard but I think because you're sending directly to the source that this might be something that might interest you.