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We Want To Hear Your Music

May 1st, 2007

Do you write and record wonderful songs or great instrumental music?

Does your band want a very fair deal with a small label that has great wordwide distribution and a great reputation?

Do you lay awake at night gnashing your teeth, convinced that your material, your art, would change the world if only they could get to hear it?

Then APE would very much like to listen to your stuff. Don’t be shy, send in your recordings and who knows, you could be just what we are looking for.

OK, so what are we looking for exactly? Hmmm, thats a rather tough one, its almost easier to tell you what we don’t want. Like…Dont send in amazing stuff made up of samples of other peoples songs. Impossible to get clearance for Dylan, Stones and Beatles bits no matter how good you think it makes your songs sound. Besides if they did clear them{in your dreams}, you’d end up giving all your royalties to the artists you’ve nabbed from. So NO nicking from your fave discs. Don’t send in just you mumbling into a cassette machine with no instrumental input, only to wrap the package in 6 sheets of foolscap apologising for not getting it together in time, not being a good enough piano/gutar/zither player,promising you’ll write the lyrics if you should get a deal etc. With current standards of home recording and the availability of cheap studio time, do you really have an excuse? Don’t send in a disc just to have me waste my time calling you up all enthusiastic like, when really you had no intention of wanting to put a record out, you just wanted a phone call from your hero. Bah! (yes, thats happened)

So what might it be that we at APE are looking for? As corny as it sounds, it will always come down to original songs, sparkling playing, an artistic energy, an unhealthy obsessive self belief and damnit, that mysterious element that hits the spot just for me me me. Peter Blegvad has it, Veda Hille does, and so do the Milk and Honey Band. The good thing about running your own label is you don’t have to follow trends and make only grotesquely cheesy commercial decisions for fear of angering the boss or losing your job. Hell! I AM the boss. My label, nobody to please but moi {and a few evil minions}, MWAH HA HA etc.

What do we prefer in practical terms? Ideally we’d want to hear finished quality recordings, remember what I mentioned earlier about home recording and cheap studio costs these days. Isn’t that expecting too much and besides, how do others do it? Well Veda rents a studio and engineer, the “Milks” record round at Bobs house and Peter and I recorded in my garden shed. Yes men, it can be done, as the old ad used to say.

Why don’t you pay me a big fat advance and I can then blow it on 6 months in Abbey Road? I suppose we could do that, but that’s what a major label would do and do you know what you’d get in return for it? Diddly squat dressed in legaleze. Thats right, a tiny royalty you’ll wait 10 to 20 years to see. The label would insist on owning the recordings forever despite the fact that you’d ultimately paid for them out of your pittance percentage. Thats the same as when you had paid off your mortgage, the mortgage company would STILL own your house. That’s how a standard record deal works.

Ah, I hear you cry, my mates mate was offered a 50/50 deal with a production company.? The other type of deal doing the rounds at present are these production deals. What happens here is you sign to a production company and they say, hey we’ll give you a 50/50 split. You think great 50% of the income from the album, fantastic deal, WRONG. What they don’t tell you is that they then go and get you a recording deal with a label and on whatever terms they like, not what’s best for you. You still lose your rights forever. Then you pay the production company back for the cost of recording the album they made for you. Trouble is , you’re on this great 50/50 deal! so the royalties they get from the label they signed your album to, you only get 50% of this, so if they get 15% royalty you only get 7.5%, which is less than a pittance. So this 7.5% goes to recouping the cost of the album not the 15%, which obviously takes even longer. They also always want the publishing, so it’s even WORSE than a label deal.

So in cold hard moolah terms Andy, what could I expect if I’m signed up? All artists on APE get a share of the profits on their albums, thats real profits, not a % of a % of an income. All of which means that although we like you to pay for your own recordings {which you’ll own, we only lease them from you for a while}, we do pay up front for a lot of stuff. Such as mastering, production costs, artwork, promotion, videos, press etc. When those Initial costs are paid back from the sale of discs and/or downloads, we split any profit. You’re paying me for fronting large sums to get you up and running. Basically, I’m taking the risk on you. Sounds fair? Look I couldn’t run anything rip offy after what I’ve been through. I like to sleep at night. Most importantly though, you get to keep your publishing, many major labels will insist on having that off of you aswell when you sign a recording deal.

What might we be reasonable in expecting from you the artist? Really that you have a wellspring of ideas, material and keen-ness, we don’t want to spend a long time putting you in the public ear, only for you to have had but one record inside of you {I suppose if the one was THAT fantastic we could forgive you}. Generally we’re thinking long term and assume you are too. A willingness to do interviews please, yes one potential signee refused up front to do interviews or be sent anywhere to promote themselves, so we could go no further. Of course if you love playing live, all the better. Gigs can be great for getting that name around, so we’re not going to stop you. We may even be able to put you in touch with some agents or people from that world.
So get writing, get recording and get posting. Even if you’ve sent in stuff to us in the past and heard nothing that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to like your newer, swisher, more marvelous material. APE really is an open door, if your fantastic, just walk on in.

Send your material to – Ape House c/o Weatherbox Ltd, PO Box 2126, Storrington, West Sussex. RH20 4WF. England.

47 Comments »

  1. Andy, any chance submittors could get a reply/score/feedback card for their submissions, to get an idea where they stand, what they may need to work on, etc?
    ie. we supply postage, and you scribble down your reaction to our efforts?
    It just seems that a lot of the ‘amateur’ stuff I hear just needs a tweak here, a nudge there, a massage, a tickle perhaps, to take it to a higher level.

    Comment by Dave Wallace — May 1, 2007 @ 9:38 am
  2. I have really enjoyed the acts on this label so far.

    I sent in my lush orchestral-rock masterpiece, “Shadow Of Our Love”… I hope Andy gets a chance to hear it all the way through sometime!

    If anyone here wants to check it out, it will be on the upcoming 2nd Humble Daisies compilation, or you can find it here for a short time: richtervon.com

    Cheers,
    -VR

    Comment by Von Richter — May 2, 2007 @ 12:36 am
  3. I’ve also enjoyed the acts or singers and song writers on th eape label. I’ve always felt that Andy would and does have great taste in music. And this is why there has not been a bonbardment of music comming from the ape label. so, I beleave any thing I see or will see or hear on the label will be something to check out and enjoy.
    Thanks Andy and Pals.

    Comment by Mark Gayeski — May 2, 2007 @ 4:57 pm
  4. I must admit my ignorance to the APE output so far but I promise to check out the current roster..oh yes and im here for a bit of self promotion!

    http://www.myspace.com/fabonacci
    http://www.fabonacci.co.uk

    Comment by Dale Hagger — May 2, 2007 @ 5:46 pm
  5. http://www.myspace.com/mepeterc

    Comment by Peter C — May 3, 2007 @ 4:04 pm
  6. YOu are such an inspiration! check out my cover of here comes president kill again

    at http://www.myspace.com/theoptimysticals

    i am sending you some music today, but which songs do i pick? i am really excited! your music means so much to me.
    thanks,
    chris

    Comment by chris winsor — May 4, 2007 @ 2:17 pm
  7. zonkers!! mr p., what an offer. figures it’d be you. I’ve sent a disc airmail today. Keeping my fingers crossed–maybe i’ll even sleep tonight. Please enjoy!! Peace. Thanks in advance for listening.
    mz

    Comment by Mark Zenone — May 7, 2007 @ 3:37 pm
  8. couple trippy experimental tracks on my site
    http://www.sheldondrake.com
    link on the mainpage
    maybe not your label’s cup of tea but you guys were such huge influences on me with Black Sea and English Settlement, if you gave a listen, would be swell to know the circle came around a little bit

    lots of tripped out DJ mixes there too

    Comment by Sheldon Drake — May 8, 2007 @ 10:55 am
  9. couple of tracks on my own, just music at this point; of course myspace sucks as far as quality streaming.

    Comment by Jon — May 10, 2007 @ 2:12 pm
  10. We’re sending our WONDERFUL ALBUM “Vitamin Sea” in, and we know that it will give you a suitable kiss on your heart…

    It’s a sneaky, slurpy gummy surprise! Check out freshcutsalads.com if you want a little sneak preview of our stylings.

    We can’t wait to hear what you may or may not think when you listen or don’t listen to our record.

    -Chad

    Comment by FRESH CUT SALADS — May 13, 2007 @ 7:48 pm
  11. WE ARE BLAKBOARD – WE HAVE SOME MUSIC AND ARE DOING MORE – WE HAVE MORE THAN 70 SONGS IN OUR VAULTS AND ARE CONSTANTLY DOING MORE – CHECK OUT OUR SITE? – HTTP://WWW.BLAKBOARD.COM.AU – WE ARE IN AUSTRALIA – CAN WE JOIN APE IF WE ARE SO FAR AWAY? – WE ARE COMITTED TO MAKING THE BALANCE BETWEEN INTERESTING/EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC AND MAKING A HELL OF A LOT OF CASH AT THE SAME TIME – WE ARE SERIOUS MR. PARTRIDGE – JUST ASK OUR PIMP DAD…Sector

    Comment by Sector — May 13, 2007 @ 11:14 pm
  12. oh i forgot – here are more songs ….. http://www.myspace.com/blakboard

    Comment by Sector — May 13, 2007 @ 11:16 pm
  13. You must be mad Andy.This reminds me of the old Apple ad from the Beatles.You know the one? “This man now owns a Bentley”…

    Loved the Podcast.

    Comment by H.R. Toad — May 14, 2007 @ 12:13 am
  14. When I first saw this, I also thought of the old Apple ad. But of course in this day and age sending in tapes, cds, or other physical tokens is a bit unconventional. So if want to hear some good stuff go to http://www.virb.com/ohho. All songs were recorded in the month of Feburary for the RPM 07 challenge (www.rpmchallenge). If you just want to listen to one song I would go with Ladies in Gray or It doesn’t take Much.

    Let us know if someone indeed gets a Bentley out of this…;-).

    Comment by Oz — May 15, 2007 @ 9:22 am
  15. Question – I am a songwriter in search of a performer. Knowing that you’re looking for bands to record, are you also looking for material for current or future performers? I know there are a number of good bands out there looking for a break. I just wondered if any of those bands might be interested in songs like mine.
    I’ve posted to http://www.AcidPlanet.com (http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?songs=25911&T=6846), http://www.Virb.com (http://www.virb.com/endicottroad), and http://www.Fuzz.com (http://www.fuzz.com/artist/EndicottRoad). While the production values are not that high, perhaps a band or artist you know might have an interest in new, unsigned material?
    Thanks.
    ER

    Comment by Endicott Road — May 15, 2007 @ 2:41 pm
  16. I too am a member of the RPM 07 team, and would very much like someone to hear my music…Check out http://www.virb.com/bryanlitchfield if you have a moment….Thanks.

    Bryan

    Comment by BillyBilly — May 16, 2007 @ 12:41 pm
  17. Andy, I’ve sent my demo off to you. I beg you for some feedback.
    It would mean the world to me. The band name is Low Stakes Environment.
    Thanks,
    -Grant

    Comment by Grant King — May 23, 2007 @ 2:03 am
  18. You should be/have recieving our CD (Dirt Merchants – Ghost of Everything) as it was mailed about a week ago.Please feel free to call me and give us a JOB! We won’t let you down,I promise! If your pet T-Rex happened to eat our CD you can check out our current mix’s at the website listed.We dropped off the tracks to be mastered yesterday, so we will have the finnished master in 2-3 weeks, but we think that even in it’s current form you will get the picture.

    Comment by Andreas Lawrence — May 23, 2007 @ 11:22 pm
  19. http://www.myspace.com/errongeer Please Have A Listen

    Comment by Erron Geer — June 4, 2007 @ 5:16 pm
  20. Please Have a Listen http://www.myspace.com/errongeer

    Comment by Erron Geer — June 4, 2007 @ 5:18 pm
  21. Hello,
    I was wondering who oversees sales. Is ASCAP or BMI involved? Are there non-affiliated / third party monitoring of sales and the administration of projects ?
    Is your distribution and promotion on a global scale or limited to certain countries?
    What would a typical deal be if an artist submitted a finished product ready for distribution and promotion that was accepted by you as a viable undertaking ?
    Thanks
    Karl

    Comment by Karl — June 12, 2007 @ 8:02 pm
  22. Cheers Andy, Rather like a dream come true seeing this posting. ‘themumbles’ are a Denver based band… we’ve remained rather underground and independent (see, you’ve never heard of us). if you’d like, give the site a listen (these are really pre-keyboard demo’s). If the tunes are interesting at all i’ll send you lot’s more. We don’t even do a cover tune (actually we did play Happy Birthday to a radio station once at their request). Anyway, we’ll be sending material your way soon. Peace and Pop, Mike

    Comment by Mike Berg — June 14, 2007 @ 3:28 pm
  23. I have worked with some brilliant unsigned bands over the past couple of years, including a solo singer who has reached the final 4 of ITV’s X-Factor
    Do you have any vacancies in your A&R department, or can you give advice on how to get into this ?
    For your information, I am a bit over the hill at 47yrs old and based in North Yorkshire – UK

    Many thanks

    Comment by john — July 16, 2007 @ 7:11 am
  24. XTC is one of my favorite bands of all time. I am Tim Deardourff, I am 28 years old and live in Austin, Texas. My music and mission statement can be found at http://www.myspace.com/deaddarlings. I am trying to get the attention of Ape Records and the rest of the civilized world. Thank you for your time.

    Cheers,

    Tim Deardourff
    the dead darlings

    Comment by Tim Deardourff — July 24, 2007 @ 6:30 pm
  25. Hope you dig our vibe, fingers are crossed, http://www.myspace.com/astronautacademy

    Comment by Jeff Dunham — July 27, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
  26. ok, trying again. We can never give up…damn our useless cause:
    http://www.zenonedesign.com/thebucolics/5strangesnippets/strangebucolia.html

    the bucolics

    Comment by Mark Zenone — August 6, 2007 @ 12:35 pm
  27. great..will ship a cdr out to you asap..

    love and peace

    todd :)

    Comment by todd dillingham — October 15, 2007 @ 9:01 pm
  28. As of October 26 2007, I have posted all new songs and refer you to this entry from earlier in the Summer below.

    XTC is one of my favorite bands of all time. I am Tim Deardourff, I am 28 years old and live in Austin, Texas. My music and mission statement can be found at http://www.myspace.com/deaddarlings. I am trying to get the attention of Ape Records and the rest of the civilized world. Thank you for your time.

    Cheers,

    Tim Deardourff
    the dead darlings

    Comment by Tim (the dead darlings) — October 26, 2007 @ 10:14 pm
  29. Hello –
    I’m ploughing a psychedelic/acoustic furrow up here in Manchester, and I would love to know if you like what I do…
    I’m hoping I can post a link to an animated video to my song, “POT NOODLE” here
    if not – sorry for the incomprehensible splurge, but come and listen to me at:

    http://www.myspace.com/tommymacster

    or http://www.xfmuploaded.co.uk/tommymac

    Comment by tom macniven — November 17, 2007 @ 11:55 am
  30. Just give me a listen.

    http://www.myspace.com/waltoserhythm

    Comment by Waltose Rhythm — November 26, 2007 @ 9:26 pm
  31. Here is one tune that you might like, if you like folk, fingerpicking, blues with a cowboy feel to it.

    This is a watered down version of it.
    One Bad Dude (His View) There have been two others made of the original One Bad Dude because of it’s popularity !

    Here is the link to it from Macjams.com
    http://www.macjams.com/song/38142

    Here is something totally different but I think it is one of the best soft rock instrumentals I’ve ever done. I am very proud of it and I sincerly hope you might like it as well !!!
    Old & New Version 2

    Thanks so much for considering me on your list!

    Bill Furner
    Fingerstyle Guitarist

    Comment by Bill — January 11, 2008 @ 11:52 am
  32. Have a listen…….

    http://www.myspace.com/jamesonraid

    and http://www.myspace.com/jamesonraid2

    This is a fairly random selection of songs and for better or worse, we have a whole lot more of this kind of material recorded.

    Regards
    Harvey

    Comment by Harvey Browne — January 26, 2008 @ 6:23 am
  33. this is a great idea for a site. I personaly do not feel any of my music is ready ye but I will pass this on to friends and I will be b ack when my songs are finished

    Comment by computer music man — January 29, 2008 @ 9:08 pm
  34. Just checking to see if you received the CD I sent you. You can also hear our stuff here:

    http://www.myspace.com/therollotreadway

    Hope you like it.

    David

    Comment by David Sandholm — January 31, 2008 @ 11:02 am
  35. Andy, I posted a package in SF yesterday, watch the mails for “Orphan Town – Vol. 1.”

    http://www.myspace.com/weirsongs

    Prairie sent me,

    Dan Weir
    Mayor

    Comment by Dan Weir — May 13, 2008 @ 8:23 am
  36. I’ve got my empire pretty well established at http://www.myspace.com/bruceokellogg and http://www.youtube.com/bruceokellogg

    All are welcome.

    BOK

    Comment by Bruce O. Kellogg — May 16, 2008 @ 4:17 pm
  37. Hopefully you’re digging the cd we sent and hopefully this posting doesn’t appear too awfully like a desperate plea for attention.

    In the meantime, this …
    http://www.myspace.com/marmaladearmy
    and this …
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marmaladearmy

    No one sent me,
    ..doug

    Comment by Doug — June 5, 2008 @ 10:20 am
  38. Greetings Ape,

    If you’re interested in good song craftsmanship then I’m interested in “a very fair deal with a small label that has great wordwide distribution and a great reputation”.

    Here’s a sample from the “keen-ness wellspring” I’ll be sending in:

    Enjoy!

    http://www.musicforte.com/member/JAL

    http://www.myspace.com/johnalfredlonglott

    Comment by John Alfred Longlott — June 27, 2008 @ 10:20 pm
  39. Currently recording our 3rd full length… Only the finest Psychedelia to come out of the Tristate in years.

    download everything for free at http://www.myspace.com/theorangedrop
    Friend us if you like…. Andy give us a damn record deal, we will make you money.

    Comment by The Orange Drop — September 9, 2008 @ 11:00 am
  40. Currently recording our 3rd full length… Only the finest Psychedelia to come out of the Tristate in years.

    download everything for free at http://www.myspace.com/theorangedrop
    Friend us if you like…. Andy give us a damn record deal, we will make you money.

    Marc

    Comment by The Orange Drop — September 9, 2008 @ 11:01 am
  41. Hi,

    I’m a songwriter of many years. That’s it. Didn’t see where to send music on your site, so here are links if you don’t bother to look for them on my website.

    http://www.echoboost.com/user/artistPage.php?bandID=8924
    or:
    http://www.reverbnation.com/joecortelli
    or:
    http://www.itunes.com/joecortelli

    Thanks,

    Joe

    Comment by Joe Cortelli — November 8, 2008 @ 6:46 pm
  42. Chetrix 2
    http://www.macjams.com/song/48113
    Two riders approachin and the wind begins to howl – All Along The Watchtower-

    Comment by thetiler — November 29, 2008 @ 10:24 pm
  43. HI,
    we are a “smart pop” band form Italy (because one of my friends told me that our pop is “smart” :-) )
    I’m sending to you our first EP; in the meantime you can listen to our stuff here:
    http://www.myspace.com/soundserif

    Fabrizio Serrecchia
    (Soundserif composer/bass player)
    P.S. I’d like to know what do you think about the song called “surprise and pleasure”

    Comment by soundserif — January 2, 2009 @ 10:00 am
  44. We’re bloody awful really. We like you too much to make you listen to our din.

    Comment by Rock 'n' Roll Monkey and the Robots — March 26, 2009 @ 6:49 pm
  45. Can you guys read!
    andy spelt it out.
    he will contact you if he likes it.
    I didnt see anywhere about emailing him websites or music!
    your ruining it for te more serious musicians!
    READ!
    And the bit about a score card,
    unbelievable.
    but i have learned to expect anything out of this HUMAN race thing.
    hes getting on now and who knows how long ape will be around.
    stop it.
    READ!
    THINK!

    Comment by Ed basile — April 10, 2009 @ 3:08 pm
  46. http://www.myspace.com/moanyhole
    heres the link to my myspace page
    im very sad cause i know i have a classic album in me but no expensive studio
    it would be an honour if you could help me
    please listen to my stuff
    its all very different to one another
    im not a one hit wonder
    im more of an experement of music that comes from dreams
    thanks for listening
    what your doing for artists is rarely found these days ;)
    thanks a lot
    graymo

    Comment by graymo — May 16, 2009 @ 9:52 pm
  47. Hi my names Brandy.I’m 16 and I’ve been in love with music my whole life.I have written over 15 songs and I would really like for people to hear my music.One problem is I’m poor and I cant afford it.I dont even have health insurance, but once I get the money you will hear from me and maybe you can make my wildest dreams come true.

    Thankyou sooo much,
    Brandy Dawn Barnhart

    Comment by Brandy — October 26, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

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