How to submit your tracks

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So you want to submit your tracks to dubnation for possible feature? Great, we’d love to hear it.

But hang on a tick,  don’t just run off and send us every link you have.  Here are some tips that may help your chances.  Please read this completely before submitting.

DO NOT SUBMIT WIPS (Work in progress) OR DRAFTS.   If it is not finished, why would we choose to feature it on the web and pay our money to promote it.  Any track labeled as a WIP, draft, or anything similar, will be skipped.   If you want us to even listen to it,  remove anything that says WIP, Draft, unmastered, etc..  but wait… make sure you also…

Only send us your tunes if you are 100% happy with it!  The human ear gets tired very quickly, so as tempting as it may seem to get some heat on a new production and stick it on Soundcloud, wait for a few hours and listen again. Also, perhaps send to a friend that will give you an unbiased opinion – this is crucial.  If you submit a track and it is not chosen, we (and most people) probably wont listen to re-edits.

Don’t send us your first track!  As much as you want to get the word out there about your newly found musical prowess, it is important to remember that practice makes perfect.  Our first few tracks are rarely great.  We are still discovering our styles and finding out what works for us.  Find your style, then show it to us.   I know some of you are thinking “But wait, I have a really great track here, and I KNOW it.“.   Great!  if you really struck gold your first time, we cant wait to hear from you.  Still though,  produce a few more.  We tend to like to feature artists who have at least a few tracks for people to listen to.  Remember above how we said you might not get a second chance with a lot of listeners?  We really really mean it.  Prepare at least a few tracks so your new fans have something to fall in love with.

Enable downloads – While not an absolute requirement, we prefer tracks with downloads enabled, and so does your new fanbase.

Tracks from Paid SoundCloud accounts will probably be featured more often.  While this is not a rule, it is probably going to be the norm.  Paid soundcloud accounts have fewer limitations such as number of audio minutes, groups, and number of downloads.  You wouldn’t want a feature from DubNation to send 50,000 people to your track, only to have the download limit reached in hardly any time.

Keep it Legal –  DubNation.net and it’s proprietors assume no responsibility for content within submission audio files and their accompanying images.  By submitting a track for submission you are assuming all responsibility(legal, civil, or otherwise) for its content.

One last thing.   We promote your track by way of paid advertisements.  The first $5 of every featured track is on us.  If you want to keep the ad running (not required), you can do so at your own expense.  See our Promoted Posts page for information on the promoted posts program and it’s benefits.

Great.  Now that thats all out of the way,  head on over to DubNation’s FaceBook page to start submitting your tracks.  Just like the page and drop your track on our wall (one per post).  We prefer soundcloud links but if you only have links to other sites we’ll take them.  We will listen to everything that is submitted, but please please please be patient.   We get so many submissions, and we are volunteers doing this after working a full day job.  Going through them all and giving each the chance it deserves takes a lot of time.

P.S.   Want to know how we judge your tracks, and how we pick what to feature?   Check out this post:   How We Pick Featured Tracks.