Nearly every day, I find at least one email from a musician who has been influenced by the book asking me to listen to their music and give them some thoughts. I only wish I had the time to give feedback to everyone, but I just can’t. But from there, I brainstormed with my friends over at Lotos Nile and we decided it was time to do something fun…

Let’s have a contest!

So that’s what we’re doing. Announcing the 1st Futurehit.DNA Songwriting Contest. It’s pretty simple. We’re going to listen to your submissions and find three artists that we think have big Futurehit potential. I’ll then take those winners and feature them on Futurehit.DNA, telling my industry friends and the world why I think your song has the makings of a hit. Each winner will also get a personalized autographed copy of Futurehit.DNA. Then, the one finalist with the best response from my readers will get a one hour consulting session. Great stuff for sure!

So what do you need to do? First thing is you need to upload your song here to Soundcloud. Make sure that your song is 100% original and that you own all of the rights to the submitted song. From there, I’ll take a listen and determine the winners with the help of my team. Please note that you need to be at least 18 years of age. By submitting your work, you will also give me (well, technically Futurehit, Inc.) permission to use that work in all of our properties and communications for promotional purposes. All songs must be under five minutes in length.

And, naturally, if you haven’t done it yet, make sure you get and read Futurehit.DNA BEFORE you enter the contest. Naturally, I’ll be looking for these elements, but you’d be surprised how many people will just submit the demo they have laying around without considering what I’m looking for. So better to just say it outright.

I know I’ll have a lot of listening ahead of me, but this way I can plan and focus on your music to give it the attention it deserves. Deadline for entry is October 1, 2010 so get uploading!


  1. The Silver Conductor aka: Mike Brookins August 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm # Reply

    I would like to say your articles are very informative and give great insight into an Indutry that’s really just repeating the past only digitally. My brother Robert Brookins (R.I.P.) was co-lead vocalist for EWF before his untimely passing, would always say “Keep Soul Alive” but with an Industry that seems to only being adding to a failure in trully uplifting spirits like music of old, it seems to be only about the $$$, now don’t misunderstand me, the $ dollar is needed but at the cost of an entire generations mindset?
    I’d like to submit a composition but what is your audiences age groups?
    Demographics, musical preferences?
    My genre is: Orchestraded Jazz with danceable grooves, and sophisticated vocals to enhance the intoxicating overall flavor.
    The Silver Conductor w/the asci contemporary jazz orchestra.

    • admin September 2, 2010 at 1:30 am # Reply

      You’re correct that it can’t be all about the $, but without a benefactor, you need to get $ in so you can truly be able to create art. Kind of a catch-22. As for the contest, I’m just looking for the best. Genre and demo is irrelevant. Quality and likely commercial potential is required.

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