I still discover almost all the new music I get into through music blogs and I believe they are a huge help in generating buzz. Artists definitely should contact relevant blogs, but there are a few major mistakes they typically make that I’d like to point out. First off, DON’T use a blanket service like Musicsubmit.com or Beatwire.com. Most artists already know this, but they are basically sending your emails straight to the junk folders of the press they reach. My own site was recently added to Musicsubmit’s list, and I was not contacted about this. That should tell you something. If they’re not even willing to say hello to new potential allies, it generally means they have none. You pay your money and it goes down the chute. I’m not usually harsh with companies but it’s these types of particular places who target artists that I feel should be exposed. That way, artists can use their money elsewhere.
Those are some of the issues I’ve come across as far as submitting music to music blogs. I’m sure there are lots of ideas to add, too. I just wanted to get this out quick while the inspiration was there!