Tagging Your Music Files
Updated: Jan 19
If you are not tagging your music files you might want to read this and go tag your music files.
I was listening to one of my favorite internet radio stations this week, and the announcer had to apologize at least three times for not knowing anything about the bands. Not only had they not sent a proper bio in their email submission, they had not tagged their music file. Those bands were lucky they got played, most radio stations would have dumped those tunes in the delete bin.
This is your one chance of making a good first impression, and also getting paid for your hard work. It only takes a minute -- so do it!
There are a few tagging software programs out there. What you want to include for radio is the following:
album title (if applicable)
**Important** Enter all names in full who are being credited under composer. Be consistent with the names as any misspellings may cost you money if not done correctly. The names should be the exact same spelling that was used when you registered with your respective collection agency/agencies (PPL (UK) or SOCAN (Canada)).
genre, year and track listings details
comments section should include; website address, social media contacts, ISRC code
The COMMENTS section should include any of your contact details such as; email address, website URL, ISRC code, and any social media handles. If this information is not included in the music file -- your track might not be play-listed.
**Important** Make sure to also include if your song/album is explicit/clean. In North America this is very important as most FM stations don't play explicit music or it gets played at designated times. You may want to have a radio edit available for these stations.
If you are hiring a PR agency to promote & plug your release, ensure the music file(s) is tagged prior to submitting. If the agency does their job correctly, they will check the files are tagged properly and call you out if they are not.
This is your brand. Treat it like a business.