Talent Pool F.A.Q.

What is the Talent Pool?
The Talent Pool is a platform invented by Spinnin' Records to solve the classic problem of sending your demo to a record label and ending in the huge pile of demos without any feedback. With 150+ demos sent to us on a daily basis, our A&R's (the guys that sign new artists and tracks) found that it was impossible to listen to all of them and give feedback on the tracks that they like. So we thought about ways to solve this problem, since it is unfair to artists who put their blood, sweat & tears in their production. Plus, we could just miss out on the next super talent. That's when the idea of the Talent Pool was born. By using the Talent Pool it is possible to give yourself a bit of a head start by having your social network vote on your track and get ranked up the chart. Add to that the functionality of commenting on your fellow producers' tracks and the possibilities to get yourself noticed on the Talent Pool are evident.

Where is the 'old' Talent Pool on Facebook?
Gone. And it wasn't working that smoothly anymore either ;) The Talent Pool you're looking at is the real deal & the only one out there.

What changed in the new Talent Pool?
We tried to keep the concept and (upload) process as close to the old Talent Pool as possible. You'll recognize all the classic functionalities while new ones will be added frequently. We also hired extra A&R managers to have more ears and eyes on the platform so we cant wait to listen to your productions!

Does the #1 automatically get a record deal?
No. The Talent Pool is NOT a contest. Remember: People with the biggest online following are NOT necessarily the best producers. The Talent Pool is an ever-evolving chart that enables you to influence your presence in the otherwise impregnable pile of demos. We listen to way beyond the top 100 and the decision to sign anything is ALWAYS based on the quality of the track.

Do you listen to the demos daily?
Yes. We listen to the demos on a daily basis and leave A&R feedback as much as possible!

How often can I upload a track?
You can upload one track once a week.

Do you automatically sign me and my track once I submit my track?
No. We have an option of 3 months in which we can decide if we want to release it or not. After that you are free to do with your track what you want and aren't bound to anything.

The terms & conditions say you have an option on managing me and my publishing. Why?
Spinnin' is not just a record label that pushes out music. We build careers. Big careers start with development of great musical talent to superstar DJ’s which we put a enormous amount of effort in. We want mutual commitment that enables us to do just that. However, that doens't mean you can't participate if you already have management in place. Talent comes in all shapes and sizes and options are always negotiatable.

What are XP points?
XP points can be earned by being active on the platform. Collecting them now would be advised as they might become quite valuable with new to be released functionalities!

What kind of release can I get?
It depends on the quality of the track. Besides Spinnin' Records, we have a handful of sub-labels, all representing a different genre and feel. So if a track meets the Spinnin' Records standards, we'll sign you on Spinnin' Records. If your tracks meets a standard we feel suits another label, a release on a Spinnin' sub-label is also possible. Besides that we feature one Track of the Week, not only in our platform but also in our Spinnin' Sessions radio show and on our social media outlets.

Troubleshooting


Why can't I select my track to upload?
Check if your track is set to public on SoundCloud and that it has finished processing. Also make sure that the 'Enable app playback' option is enabled on the permissions tab.

Why is my track not visible in the charts?
The chart refreshes every 24 hours, so right after you’ve submitted your track you will not be visible in the chart yet. Our chart has a maximum rank of 999, you’ll see that as soon as you start collecting votes you’ll enter or rise up the chart pretty quickly!

Can I remove a track from the Talent Pool?
Yes, most of the time you can. Just go to Twitter and tweet the URL of your demo to @SpinninRecords using the hashtag #SPINTALENT. We will reply once the track has been deleted. Sometimes, we cannot remove a track due to the terms and conditions that apply to the Talent Pool. Either way, we'll always try to find a satisfactory solution for everyone.

I have another question
Please contact us at talentpool@spinninrecords.nl or tweet to @SpinninRecords using the hashtag #SPINTALENT.