Given some recent feedback about some of our articles, it might be a good time to tell you a little more about what we do here and why we do it. This is a guide to musicians hoping to have their music or gigs reviewed, and for whoever reads the articles on this site.
1. Music is subjective. A music review is by definition an opinion piece. We have as much right to express our opinion of your music as you do of making it in the first place. The articles are the author’s opinion only. Just because one author in Heavy & Weird does or doesn’t like your music does not mean everyone else here shares the same opinion.
2. We do not get paid for this. This is not Rolling Stone and we are not journalists. We are musicians and music lovers. We write about music because we love music. If you want to read music journalism go and buy Rolling Stone. If you want to read about what music lovers do and don’t like, read Heavy & Weird, or any number of other music-related blogs.
3. We aim to express how music makes us feel, not give a blow-by-blow description of everything about the band, the song, or what happened during the gig we attended.
4. We will aim to, but will not necessarily review everything we get sent.
5. We will sometimes review music that we have not been asked to review. If your music is in the public domain it is fair game. If you don’t want people to talk about your music then keep it in the rehearsal room. Don’t play shows and don’t release records.
6. When we write we will be honest in what we think about the music. We’re not going to sugar-coat our opinions just in case someone gets offended.
7. We all get bad reviews sometimes. Most of us are in bands. You take the good with the bad, and believe me, we’ve all had some bad reviews over the years. We’ll always aim to tell you why we don’t like something, and sometimes even give our opinion on how to improve what you’re doing.
8. For every person who loves your band there will be someone else who hates it or couldn’t care less about it. If you get a bad review, don’t take it to heart. Your fans will defend you and your detractors will see themselves as vindicated. It means people are passionate enough about your music to voice their opinion. Remember, a review is one person’s opinion of your music. It’s not a personal attack on you. We have found plenty of music we love by reading bad reviews of bands we would never otherwise have listened to.
Heavy and Weird is committed to providing a high level of customer service and appreciates any feedback that you may have. Heavy and Weird apologises if we did not meet anyone’s service expectations and note that any feedback will be provided to the relevant parties. We would like to thank you all for taking the time to communicate your concerns to Heavy and Weird. It is feedback such as yours that enables us to further refine and enhance our level of service to the bands we review and the audience who reads our blog. We take this opportunity to offer you an apology on behalf of Heavy and Weird for any inconvenience you have experienced as a result of any review we have written.
Big Love to you All
The Heavy and Weird Writing Team xo