Submission Contact Form

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    To submit your music to 5:4 to be considered for a review, please use the following form.

    IMPORTANT: Don't just send out your music to countless places indiscriminately. Do some preliminary research to help you decide whether 5:4 is a suitable place to be sending your work. Read my About page, and take a look at recent articles i've written to be more certain. If your music is at some remove from the (admittedly very eclectic) range of music written about here, then there's a chance it simply won't pique my interest and you're perhaps better off sending it elsewhere. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide for yourself whether i might be interested.
    If you would like to submit something, please ensure you read all of the guidelines below carefully.

    Your details

    Your name


    Your email

    Music details

    Note: If this is released on CD, you will be asked to submit a physical copy identical to what will be sold to the public, i.e. not a stripped-down version or a CDr in a basic plastic wallet. Reviewing a release isn’t solely about the music, but also about the way it’s presented. i will get in touch to let you know where to send the disc.

    If it's either not released on a digital physical format – i.e. it’s only available on vinyl, cassette or wax cylinder for some inexplicable reason – or is download only, then sending audio files is perfectly acceptable; please enter a download link (not a streaming link!) below. Your files must be:

    • lossless: i cannot stress this enough - don't even bother sending lossy files as they'll be deleted immediately. Preferable formats are ALAC and FLAC; don't send WAV files – in addition to being unnecessarily large, they cause all manner of problems with metadata tags (see below);

    • tagged correctly: ensure that all the essential metadata – artist, album/track titles, etc. – are present and correct, otherwise i'll have no idea what i'm actually listening to. Again, if this data is missing, your files will probably be deleted immediately;

    • accompanied by a high-resolution image of the cover artwork (typically 3000x3000px) and, if applicable, the accompanying PDF booklet. By all means also send a promotional one-sheet as well if you like (PDF please) - these can be useful.

    Artist name

    Release title

    Label (put "self" if self-released)

    Release date

    Link where can this release be purchased

    Release format(s) (see note above)

    Audio files download link (LOSSLESS only)

    Additional file(s)
    If you would like to send additional files, such as a press release or one-sheet, you can do this below (5Mb max per attachment).

    Additional information
    Finally: Once you've submitted, please don't expect - and certainly don't solicit - a reply. Your email will have been received and it will not be ignored. Definitely don't follow up asking whether i liked the music and if a review is going to happen. Never, ever do this. Bear in mind that i get sent a very large amount of music, and it can therefore take a while before i get a chance to listen.

    Rest assured, if the music you sent gets me sufficiently excited, it will get written about at some point.

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