"When I was an A&R I was so elusive I would sometimes ask bands questions posing as a booking agent, club owner, or even a fan."

 

Cyrus Rhodes

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Final Thoughts A&R

 

In general, A&R representatives don't like to be approached directly by fledgling artists. When I was an A&R I was so elusive I would sometimes ask bands questions posing as a booking agent or club owner. or even a fan. Most record companies and Radio Stations don't even accept unsolicited material through the mail either. This is mainly to weed out the “RIF-RAF” factor. However it doesn’t mean you don’t have something they want, or are looking for - most experienced bands or artists take this way to personally.. Again most A&R types are very effective at going out and finding talent b looking in all the right places, so your help is not required nor desired. Though there are exceptions to every rule, the reps philosophy is that when you're truly ready to get serious about making money in the recording industry, they'll contact you. Again put yourself in their shoes and try understand the reality of solicitation bombardment. If you had a million people trying to give you their demo what would you do? Think about it.