I thought it would be a great idea to iron out a simple format, so whenever you send a track to some A&R, artist, manager, etc, you will make it as simple as possible for them to track you down when they want your music… Believe it or not, a good percentage of producers/artists/managers send out mp3’s that make it very difficult to track them down. So with no further delay, The OFFICIAL Rules Of Labeling Mp3’s!
Include your name
Whatever name you want to be in the credits of whatever album you want to get on, should be in the file name.
Include Your e-mail
Just because you emailed the beat to whoever, it doesn’t mean that they didn’t go into their gmail and just download 1000 beats and dump them into an ipod. Don’t make them go through all of those gmails just to find your track!
Include Your Phone Number
It’s great getting phone calls from people that want your music. Give them that opportunity. Don’t forget the area code…
Include Something To Identify That Particular Beat/Song
It helps to name your tracks, just so moving forward there is something that can be used to identify the track. Otherwise whoever wants the track is going to have to beatbox it to you, which can be entertaining but is a nuisance.
Here is an example of a perfectly formated mp3 file…
So there it is. Simple, short and to the point. There is no doubt in my mind that over the years, people have lost out on placements, money and deals just because they didn’t properly label their music and could never be tracked down. If you follow these rules, that will never happen to you.