I received a bunch of emails over the last few days from aspiring rappers asking me to check out their songs and Myspace pages.
Since you never know what talent you may miss, we always check out everyone’s page.
So I first listened to the tracks that were sent to me directly. I really like when tracks are sent in via the Soundcloud Dropbox. It makes it easy for me to listen, and send them to Mike Real to review.
Then I opened up my Chrome browser and began the Myspace Band page search.
I have learned to not judge an artist by the way their band page looks, but it is a hard thing to do. Some of the pages are just slapped together and very hard to read.
As I mentioned in another article, some even have auto-playing music players in the comments section. Not good!
While I am training myself to listen to the music only, I couldn’t help but notice on three band pages that artists had all kinds of Myspace Games embedded in their page.
At first I was shocked, but then realized that they just don’t know any better. They are the one of the millions of people who has been swept up by Pet, Mobsters, and Mafia Games on Myspace. They spend quite a bit of time keeping their pets alive, and getting more people to join their Mafia.
Even though I have never played any of the games on Facebook or Myspace, I’m not hating on the product. I do think, however, that rappers need to make a separation between the game and their music.
Separation between Music and Games? Yes!
You are creating a brand, and hopefully trying to take your music to the next level. You want to be taken serious as an artist, and give your fans and blogs as much information about you as possible. Having a huge Mobsters graphic or Pet Game embedded on your page is stupid!
The reason I say stupid is because it has nothing to do with you as an artist, and can actually cause your page to load slower. When music blog sites are looking for new talent, the last thing they want to see is all your damn Myspace Games. They will not take your serious. I can guarantee that!
If you must play games and build up your Mafia Soldiers, create a personal page. This will create some separation between your music career, and your own personal entertainment. Then take off all the embedded games on your band page, and replace them with links to download music.
This is why we, Skewln.com, still check out Myspace pages, because it is still one of the best resources for new music. However, I have spoken with other talent scouts, and all the unnecessary garbage on your page is a big annoyance.
Remember, be professional! I cannot tell you how many times I have come across an artist who I think is terrible, but he has invested in a nice layout and quality content. I can find out everything about him in a matter of minutes. Hell, I have even come across artists who I thought were bigger than they really were, because they took the time to put together an overall package.
While we are all told not to judge a book by its cover, sometimes that book looks like sh*t!