Originally Posted by VoidPointer
I'm wondering, what are you guys doing that are working on not so much club/dance oriented stuff doing to spread the word about their work? Especially in the very very early stages where basically no-one knows your stuff except friends or other musicians who you explicitly ask to listen to it.
Talking to and meeting with other producers/musicians both on-line and in local meetups is great for getting (technical) feedback, or inspiration but they are not a good vehicle for spreading the word as they already busy with their own stuff.
Dance/club oriented producers have DJ-ing as a good way of exposing new people to their stuff (although on the downside, most clubbers don't know/care what they're listing too as long as the drops keep hitting :-)
So how do you get into people's headphones?
literally electronic music that is non-dance most of the time is ignored when you are a starter. they don't want to pay attention to your music, it doesn't matter how good you are. they all listen your music waiting a buildup and a drop. all producers i know that do something very unique and not-dancy, started with something dancy, then acquired their own sound and got some followers, but also lost lots of listeners that only came for the hard hitting drops. unless you're very good at what you do, you'll not get much attention, and it will take YEARS to get some. recently i discovered some guys on Soundcloud, their songs have like 2 likes, all not-dancy electronic music. Good production, good mixing/mastering, everything on point. but no one gave a shit. IDM is a good exemple of people who care about the artists work more than the vibe of the track in the dancefloor. 90% of listeners now want Cheesy chorus, easy to memorize and sing along, music that will make them jump or twerk, or headbang a bit (yes. in electronic music). places like this forum and some others are a good way to get some attention for your music if its not 4-to-the-floor-oriented music. i know the guys here have picky tastes but if you're good they'll recognize it. just forget making money out of it.