We caught up with the Founder of Music Of The Future, Gemma Rose Downes to talk all things music, advice for new artists, and how to secure promo if you don’t have a huge budget, plus the variety of ways you can get your own music featured!
Hey! Thanks for having me!
Music Of The Future (also known as MusicOTFuture) is an Indie music blog for artists and bands that are unable to afford high-cost promotion, so Music Of The Future offers a bunch of features including Interviews, Reviews, MusicOTFuture Global TV (Youtube Feature), MOTFtakeovers, MusicOTFuture Virtual Concerts, Video Of The Week, Sundays Shoutout Videos on our Facebook Page every hour of the day, MusicOTFuture Spotify and Soundcloud Playlists.
We also recently launched MusicOTFuture Gigs Around The Globe where we share the latest shows from around the world. We also have a page called MusicOTFuture ‘Useful Links’ where we share other people’s work who could potentially help the artist/bands with their services. Also, Music Of The Future covers all music genres so everyone has a shot at getting a feature!
Music Of The Future was set up in 2014 but there was a little build-up to this. I started helping an artist called Jess Bell from Blackpool, then I started helping a band which then led me to think that it is such a difficult industry for independent artists, especially if you have little budget.
So in 2014, I created Music Of The Future for that purpose. To offer features to bands and artists to share their music in an affordable way.
Honestly, this is a tough question! For me, anything I do is for the featured Artist or Band to get their music heard by different audiences. What really makes me want to help is when I see artists pitch to me with a really incredible story, knowing there is a possibility that a major label won’t hear their music because they don’t fit into their brief or don’t have the right ‘look’. For me, music isn’t about that, it’s about the story an artist is telling with their music and how music can help people.
My biggest thing is vocal, performance and lyrics. It has to be telling a story as soon as that first line hits. I need to be able to hear the story they want to tell with a passion and everything they have to give. Music is about storytelling but being able to get your own spin on the song and touch you just like it has touched the artist that has written it.
Just always be prepared for a no and that isn’t in a nasty way.
We get a lot of features and unfortunately we can’t cover everything, but we will always offer advice. For example:
I have a few ideas up my sleeve, but for now, I can’t go into too much detail! Hopefully, we can do a follow-up in the future.
A little advice for upcoming artists and bands:
Don’t let one negative feedback take you to a dark place because creativity is drawn from the good, bad, and even the ugly. So whatever you receive back from anyone you have sent your music to, you can turn it into a positive without a doubt.
Follow Music Of The Future on Socials found on www.musicotfuture.com and find yourself some new music to listen to!
Thank you so much for chatting with me!
If you have songs that you want to share with the world – we want to help boost your career and get them noticed, including promoting your music and helping you secure press coverage for your upcoming releases.