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Independent Band Or Artist Seeking Airplay?

At The Blast and The Blast Blender, we get a lof of requests for airplay from independent artists and bands from all over the world.  

You'll go to the top of the consideration stack if your music and production are of high quality, your music fits our format, and if you go this route:

Send us:

1. A listen link on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc.   Pick the song you think is best for our format.  Tell us what you think it is. 

2.  Send us a note about what your band is all about.   Testimony letter, statement of beliefs, etc.  A letter from your pastor would be especially helpful. 

3.  Send lyrics for the song you are submitting.  If there is any ambiguity in your lyrics, send us an explanation of the song's meaning. 

4.  Send these three or four things to us at:  Airplay <at>  TheBlast.FM

5.  A follow-up email or two from you is helpful, as our Program Director/Music Director also does a lot of other things here besides screen new music.

6.  After we listen and read through your stuff…if we are interested, we will ask you to send  a .wav or 320 kbps or higher MP3 download file.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Criteria For Adding Music To TheBlast.FM

by Colin Cruz, Program Director of The Blast and The Blast Blender

The criteria used to be a lot easier to be met:

Back in the days when most Christian record labels were Christian-owned (late 1990's, early 2000's), it was easy.

If the band was on a Christian label, the assumption was that this was a real Christian band, as most Christian record labels were apparently vetting the artists they signed.

As a music director in FM Christian radio, I could hear the hearts of bands at Gospel Music Week.

The Blast has never had it in the budget for us to go to that event.

It is more difficult now, as some bands don't like the Christian labeling so as to not be stereotyped and instantly dismissed by the masses. And, some Christian labels don't vet very well.

Plus, I am programming radio that is more cutting edge than I have ever been allowed to program elsewhere, so less artist accountability tends to come with the territory.

As to criteria for even being CONSIDERED for airplay as a band:

1.  Being on a Christian label helps a lot, but it is not necessary, nor is it a guarantee that we will play a band.  Solid State has had some bands we will not play anymore due to things we have learned about those bands.
We generally give the band and the Christian label the benefit of the doubt that the label has vetted the band for their Christianity.

2.  A band can be on a secular label if they are stated to be a Christian band and their lyrics match what they say they are and their lives and words don't disprove their lyrics.

3.  A band can be an independent band and be considered if they are declared to be a Christian band.

4.  A band could possibly be considered for airplay even if they don't consider themselves a Christian band, but all band members are known to be born again believers.

An example of a band we turned away comes to mind:  Thrice, after a decade of success as a secular rock band, suddenly started promoting themselves to the Christian Rock market a few years ago.  I asked their management, label, promoter if the guys in the band were all Christians and were told that only 1 or 2 of the band members were Christian.  We passed.

I am old school.  I was listening to Christian Rock and Christian Metal before the debate about "Christian band or not a Christian band" started.  I grew up on bands that had lyrics that were spewing forth direct invitations to receive Christ (packaged in heavy metal like Barren Cross) or spewing forth Scripture in their lyrics or at least having Scripture references listed next to every song like Petra.

Here is my scale:

Satanic Bands-Secular Bands-Spiritual Bands-Christian Entertainment Bands-Christian Ministry Bands

The vast majority of the world's bands and artists fall under the header "Secular Bands".

Overt Satanists with overtly Satanic lyrics (or bands that have Satanic lyrics as part of their act) are Satanic Bands.

Christian Ministry Bands:  examples would be Sleeping Giant, who stops in the middle of the song to pray over and prophesy over someone.  Skillet and Disciple and a whole host of other bands minister to the audience through spoken word during their shows and/or in prayer and/or discussion time after their shows.  Their lyrics are strongly Christian (sometimes in more subtle or more overt ways, but unmistakable to the learned ear).

Christian Entertainment Bands:  Family Force 5 comes to mind.  I am not sure how much ministry they do.  They have quite a few Christian lyrics (although sometimes buried amidst fun lyrics) and they are goofy.  We have a lot less emphasis on bands who are known to be Christian Entertainment bands.  These kinds of bands encourage the church but may not necessarily win a lot of converts if they aren't doing any hardcore ministry.

Spiritual Bands:  Creed comes to mind.  As one former traveling speaker (Phil Chalmers) who used to deeply study the lyrics, public words and lifestyles of mainstream musicians (and point people to Christian alternatives) used to say…if Creed would listen to their own albums, they would probably get saved. 

Christian Ministry Bands Who Swear On an Album:  I think P.O.D. created its own category here.  Our board decided to pull all their music after they dropped an F-bomb on a recent album.   That, or they fall in to the Spiritual or Christian Entertainment band categories.

The Blast and The Blast Blender aim to focus heavily on Christian Ministry bands.  Ministry is why we do what we do.  There is a tolerance and promotion of Christian Entertainment bands, as their lyrics agree with Scripture and they are professing Christians.  Spiritual bands: we may inadvertently play some of these, but not on purpose.  It is a benefit of the doubt thing with regards to their label or their marketing declaring them to be a Christian band.

One thing we don't do is…go out of the way to play Spiritual bands and hope they are a Christian band.

There a bunch of bands on the bubble that don't want to show their cards…they like the promotion they get from some Christian radio outlets, but they don't want to be tarred-and-feathered as a Christian band.

If success is more important to a band than naming the name of Christ, then the band probably isn't a Christian band and the band might as well not wear that label.

The only counterpoint to that that I can think of is…if you are called to be stealth about it…to build a platform within secular circles and include a Christian message in your songs (without declaring that you are a Christian band) and build relationships and be a witness to kids after shows…I don't know:  I guess that is between the band and God.

As to criteria for a song: it has to be high quality music, it must fit the format, and the message has to agree with Scripture.  And that is on a case-by-case basis, song-by-song basis for every band we play.
 

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Remedy Drive And Exodus Road Work To End Sex Slavery

Remedy Drive's David Zach writes:

 

 

Last night I met a 14 year old girl (or so) inside of a brothel in Southeast Asia. She wore on her wrist a Hello Kitty bracelet. Her mannerisms were reminiscent of a child. She was playful and put the bracelet on my wrist and smiled. Her hands were so small, barely reaching from the bottom of my palm to the bottom of my fingers. She didn't speak English so I did my best with the few phrases I knew in her language to get her story. I also talked to the woman in charge of her. This little girl watched as the cost of taking her for an hour or an evening was discussed. For her, at this point in her life, there is nothing out of the ordinary about two people twice her age discussing her price as if she were a mere product. 

Why is this girl here in this place a child has no business being near? She is one of thousands systematically being relocated from the poor country side into the city. There are evil men rounding up these girls from the poor villages either through fraud, force or coercion. 

Why am I here in this place where good men can't ethically justify stepping into? I'm here to find her and capture evidence of her captivity using covert gear and to add that evidence into a case file on the club that is selling her. We want to find the mechanism, the supply chain, the patterns of recruitment and delivery. And as I head back home to go back on tour with the band, The Exodus Road continues to use this evidence that we are collecting to begin to paint a more complicated picture of the crime syndicate that brought this precious baby into that brothel that I sat in last night. And then, if we are successful, we will partner with local authorities and arrest those trafficking her and bring her to freedom. 

I will write more about this girl and others. And why, as hard as it was, I had to leave her there. Looking back at her from the doorway with a sorrow so profound I can't even begin to put it into words. But for now – if you want to hear more about what we're doing or get involved you can text the word remedy to 51555

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Justifide, Reform The Resistance Working On New Albums

Justifide

 

 

Christian Rock fans from the early to mid 2000's will surely remember the band Justifide.  They were labelmates with Skillet on Ardent Records.  This was so long ago, that all of their songs we air from them are (other than occasional spin) pretty much relegated to "The Blastozoic Era" show that airs on Saturday nights (6-9 pm USA/Canadian Central Time).   Their big hits include "9 Out Of 10", "Face To Face", "Our Little Secret", "Pointing Fingers", "To Live", and "The Way".  Justifide had put out two albums on Ardent:  "Life Outside The Toybox" and "The Beauty Of The Unknown".  This summer Justifide plans to release an album called "The Vault Sessions".  They have a Pledgemusic campaign going right now to raise money for this:  http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/justifide

After the breakup of Justifide in the mid 2000's, Jason and Sambo from Justifide formed a new Christian rock band called Reform The Resistance, which garnered airplay for a couple years on TheBlast.FM.  But RTR didn't gain nearly as much traction on The Blast, or around the world, as Justifide did.  

However, both Justifide and Reform The Resistance are getting back together and both bands are working on raising funds to record new albums. 

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