BADNATURE is a new artists alias created by Songwriter Arman Asadsangabi in January of 2019. Growing up in Nashville, TN Arman was always apart of the growing rock scene and an active music maker of the genre. Previously in a group called Oddnote, he made a strong impact on the rock scene as a new band in and out of Nashville. With his first single “4u” coming out on February 14th, he plans to define a new soundscape in the Pop and Alternative music scene. Merging all genres from Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, to even Trap Metal; he makes it known and apparent that he is proudly diverse in all musical aspects. Although a new artist, BADNATURE has sound that makes his music stand out from the rest and make it possible for people from a wide variety of demographics to be able to relate to. BADNATURE is a family for all, nothing more… nothing less.
Hey BadNature...thanks for the submission. I generally think it's really good but - everything here. The song, production, the vocals, recording etc. But that's also for me - kinda part of the problem. There's sooooo much really good things out there...and now upwards (not an exaggeration 100,000 releases per week!) ... how are you going to stick out of the pack. So being very good is a double edged sword. It's good but it's also where a lot of people, in my opinion also get kinda stuck. The question I ask all my artists and writers is how you can be UNDENIABLE and make the biggest statement you can. I have one recommendation which is required reading for all my writers and artists - which is 'Purple Cow' by Seth Godin. Really think that might be a game changer. But yeah...really do really like this and it has a good vibe for sure ... it's just that i have about 30 other songs I'm writing about on the blog this week that are just a little more interesting. Hope that might be a little helpful.
Hey Arman, thanks so much for sharing this track. It has a fresh spring / summer vibe to it and a very nice indie riff. The structure of the vocals is also good, the hook is simple and memorable so more likely to stick in someone's mind. Always a bonus. When the intro hit, i knew i'd like this song immediately, the outro, i was not so much of a fan of the outro. To me it feels as though you went a little experimental throughout the process and it feels like you wanted to fit that slower version in there somewhere. I could be wrong but i just felt that it was unnecessary. I reckon it could have worked using it like you did in the middle of the song at full speed but over a few more bars. Or maybe experimenting with it being at the start, starting slow and then working up to full speed. The sudden drop in speed was unexpected and as a listener, i was taken on a journey of one nature and the shifted in another direction. The thing with any track that goes over 3.30, you need to have enough going on to warrant the extra length and a listeners attention span, which we know is limited at best. In regards to promotional and marketing avenues, there are a few things you can explore which you can do yourself (spend time and energy) or areas where you can invest (spend money). Depending on where you are as an artist and what success means to you, you can decide what you want to do. Maybe a blend of both see what works? With your art, its all about being proactive and trying things. Not everything you do will work but you'll learn things from them. One thing i've seen before is when unsigned artists have a broad spectrum, they struggle to find their niche fan base but they get more joy from being able to play around with different genres. Again its up to you what you want to achieve here, but your art should not be confusing to new ears who expect one thing but get another. Keep it simple and focus your efforts on one genre (if you want). Getting your sound out organically requires some effort on your part, unless you pay for PR. If you want to spend the time yourself, there are plenty of music blogs and online radio stations that accept submissions. Submithub is a site you can check out that you can send your track to blogs in bulk but i'm not sure of the quality of those blogs. Have a look at that plus some others, my favourites are earmilk, gold flake paint and pigeons and planes. Keep a track on which ones are interested and engage with them often. When one picks it up, share on social media. Often. Online radio stations are the same, look at tunein for a list of stations that fit your sound and submit your music to them. Its not every day that people can get played on radio, so this should be an achievement that you'd be proud of. This may need some research but always check on stations websites, there should be a contact / submit option available. If there isnt, the station is probably too big a reach at this stage and they get submissions from labels and artist managers direct. If you have a live set, play out. Play live as much as possible. Figure out a radius you're willing to travel to and identify the live music venues. See who is playing there currently and if they fit your sound, ask to be put on as support. Sometimes the venues book artists themselves, other times promoters do it, so you'll need to keep your eye out for posters to see small logos of brands, they will usually be the organisers. They are the people you want to reach out to. There are loads of promoters out there, ranging from one man bands to big groups. Pick out the ones that fit for your situation. Playing live i would recommend tapping up sofar sounds and seeing if you can get on their roster. If you've not heard of them, they host secret shows so the audience dont know who is playing until they get there. You'll open yourself up to new ears. Playlisting again requires some research. The curators of those playlists need to be identified and then when you know who they are, you can reach out to them. Ditto music, #13songs and Rough Trade have spotify playlists and are probably a good place to start with your sound. Whatever social media you have, try and get verified. Twitter and Spotify especially, it will add to your credibility. Dont pay for plays or comments, everyone sees through that and its just a waste of money. But lets be realistic here, spotify playlists especially are weighted in favour of signed artists, they want to see numbers which really goes against the art but thats just the way it is. The key is always to just make really good music that people want to listen to and share with their friends. With you sprinkling the tracks into other blogs and radio stations alongside playing live, you'll be doing great. All the best with it all, let me know how you get on. Chris
No notes from me on songwriting, performance or production. But I do have some questions: 1. What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and syncs? Income from a publishing deal? Soundtracks? All these paths need to be investigated. That being said, there's no way this shouldn't be considered for radio airplay with the proper marketing and promotion. 2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word. Given the topicality of this song, you should also be able to get pickup beyond the usual music blogs, too. 3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. Ask Drake what it's like to benefit from clever playlist placement. 4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations and public radio. 5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps. 6. Wanna know if your material is great? (1) Are your friends and family raving about your stuff? (2) Are people actively seeking you out? If the answer to both those questions is "yes." You may have something on your hands. If not, then maybe what you're offering just isn't good enough to cut through all the noise. Remember that no one has a RIGHT to have their music heard. Your music has to demand people's attention on its own. 7. How often do you play live? Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. I expect that you know that. 8. Record labels are weird these days. They're all about pop and hip-hop. How do you want to market this? Rock? Alt? AAA? That decision may impact what kind of uptake the song has. 9. And if the budget allows it, think about creating a lyric video for YouTube. That's still a major, major source of music discovery. Let me spread this to my social networks. That'll be good for at least 100,000 people.