gunner25 wrote:Hi Livewirer,
Yes you are correct about Hotdisc, i must admit that we have had no success from this at all. This is the bands 8 release,(so far the other 7 have all gone to number one).............I always get the feedback charts about 6 weeks after the single has charted, and it's very interesting to read the remarks of the DJ's, 99.9% are very positive but there is always one very bad score and always from the same DJ. A man called Lawrence John. Now if i'm not mistaken is this the same guy that also releases tracks into hotdisc under the name The Lawrence John Project? Well some of tyhe comment from him about all seven of the past releases have bordered on rude. .....I would never bad mouth another artist, especially on a sheet that 1000 DJ's get and see, and he seems to be the only one that has negative things to say about the band or Hayley, have we found ourselves an enemy, i think we have...... Travelling Rose seem to have the time to push their album to all and sundry, i don't think we would do it the way that they do it, but it's whatever works for you i suppose. I'm not knocking them, but unless we employ a person to promote us or the album we have to rely on trying to put as much information on the sites that we are able to post to......
The UK public just don't seem to be interested and seem to prefer reworked or straight copies of old american tunes, do we stand a chance, well i don't think we do unless someone puts money into a TV or radio show for original artists and get it out there to the public who listen. It seem that The Phil Mack Show is the only program that broadcasts to the Uk,
Thanks for taking the time to reply with such detail.
Did the Hayley Oliver Band play the Rubber Duck Festival? These sort of events would be best for taking orders or selling product if a CD were available.
Thanks for confirming about the third single. You say you have had "no success" with Hotdisc. You have had success on the chart with 7 #1's congrats. I therefore took it that is why you continue to use it with what will be your 8th Hotdisc single.
You mention your Hotdisc feedback sheet. ONLY the artistes would be privy to such information with the feedback. They are not circulated to all the DJ's, industry (?) folks, I'm very surprised you mention 1,000 as the number who report and rate the Hotdisc tracks.
On the old Hotdisc site it used to say : Hotdisc is one of the most successful media groups in Europe providing content for broadcasters throughout Europe.
Hotdisc is the leading promotional company for country music in Europe via its Rush Released imprint
renowned Hotdisc and distributed to over 800 DJs, Country Music industry professionals
Now its is shortened to
Hotdisc is one of the most successful media groups in Europe providing content for broadcasters throughout Europe.
Hotdisc is the leading promotional company for country music in Europe via its Rush Released imprint.
You are in a better place than anyone to judge the effectiveness of Hotdisc and to see exactly which radio station DJ's receive it, how big these radio shows are IF THEY EXIST.
A few years ago after another UK artist had 2 weeks at No.1 on the British & Irish Chart I found out that only 2 DJ's said they would the track and they actually didn't. This made me research Hotdisc and as you can appreciate from an outsider this is even harder to do and took months to do it. Some artists listed their positive Hotdisc feedback on Myspace, Reverbnation and even CD Baby.
I found numerous errors and reported my findings in good faith. I have just looked at the current listing of Hotdisc Radio stations on the website and it still has errors. There are radio shows which closed down years ago and timings are wrong. Bob Harris is listed on Thursday schedule, he has NEVER played from Hotdisc in 13 years and requests I have made for tracks have been ignored. If you were to look a lot of radio shows are just internet podcast
If a DJ does play from Hotdisc they have 20 tracks to pick from and some like my local station receive promo discs from the likes of Hillcrest and CDX.
Lawrence John - Interesting this, I just Googled he is on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.john.56
Self-employed at deejay, tv presenter, songwriter, lives in Belfast. It is the same guy with Lawrence John Project.
He has his own TV show: Tuesday 09:00 pm The Lawrence John Show 9pm on SKY 191 or the repeat at 10pm on SKY193.
You mention Phil Mack Show - I do record it and fast forward through it. It started off quite well now a lot of videos repeat and basically it now heavily promotes the Phil Mack Show events in the UK and Ireland so you see videos from Jimmy Buckley, Raymond Froggatt, Ben & Carmen Steneker etc over and other. Some of the videos go back to the late 90's early 2000's that were shown on VH1 and picture quality of others transferred from the original DVD is degraded. Did your "Heartless" video on Phil Mack a few backs generate any interest?
Current shows on Showcase TV (SKY and Freesat):
The Lawrence John Show, Hot Country, Ireland Music West, The Phil Mack Country Show, Top Country ,
Classic Country & Irish, Country Is, Kilkenny Country and Inside Music Row.
I watched Hot Country once and once was enough. Inside Music Row (which Hayley Oliver has appeared on) is pretty good.
Again audience numbers unknown NO transparency as is much the case with the Brit Country scene with little regulation, small-time profile and organisations and radio that follow the Nashville shop window covering the bland commercial stuff.
Travellin Rose - They don't look to be any more successful than you are selling their product using the same iTunes Top 1500 Country as a guide to what the public actually buy. Their album didn't come out till 6 months after their BCMAward album nomination.
Reworks and covers - Personally I'm not interested in them and I know some DJ's feel the same.
Most of the upcoming UK artists have their own songs some professionally recorded in Nashville and I wish them success.
Some artists have already decided the UK market is too small so have headed to America where they feel their biggest audience is.