FAQ / Contact Me

FAQ (I): If you are a band, PR firm or record label:

  • You’ll reach me a lot faster if you just use grizzlybutts@hotmail.com
  • The only genres I guarantee I will NOT review:
    • Hip-hop/R&B/Rap/Funk/Nu-metal
    • Country/Bluegrass/Americana. Some Neofolk is okay.
    • Singer/songwriter. Unique and “outsider” solo projects excepted.
    • Absolutely everything else is fair.
  • If you are an independent band self-promoting (this does not apply to labels):
    • Send ONE e-mail, ONCE.
    • Do not contact me on social media repeatedly if I do not respond.
    • “Likes” on social media do not grease the wheel, I do not care about social media presence or metrics.
    • I am not your PR, I deal in a combination of information and criticism. Pay for a PR firm, they are more affordable than you think. Alternately, partner with a label who has experience pushing their own shit.
    • I guarantee consideration, I do not guarantee or “owe” you a review.
    • I do not care, at all, under any circumstance what you think of my review or coverage of your art. None of it is aimed at you, it is not a conversation with you, and you are not required to read or respond to it. If you want to drop in and say thanks, I appreciate it but please don’t feel obligated to stroke my ego.
    • If you or your band complain about coverage on social media or over chat/e-mail with me (yes, this happens occasionally) I will without a doubt overlook future releases for the sake of giving whatever opportunities I can to grateful, reverent, and mature artists who have impulse control and confidence enough to be criticized.
  • Digital file/EPK submissions:
    • Should be in MP3  (320kbps preferred) and not WAV when possible. Creates storage issues on portable devices. I often walk when I listen! If you’re worried about fidelity then I will accept a physical copy.
    • Please send the files using a service like PromoJukeBox, Haulix, HeartheMusic, Dropbox (or similar service). Google Drive is also fine but you’ll need to properly label folders so they don’t just say “mp3”, I won’t always know what it is. Likewise, WeTransfer is not always ideal since links can expire.
    • Please have your MP3‘s labeled or at least files named in order in your EPK.
    • Please include at least one minimum 1200×1200 sized version of the album art in the EPK.
  • Private Streaming submissions:
    • As of January 9th, 2021 I will no longer accept private streaming links for long-form reviews. I will still consider these releases for short reviews, news, album of the month, and mentions AFTER release.
    • This binds me to sit at a computer while listening and I am no longer willing to do this for a full review. I might listen to an album 10 to 20+ times for longer reviews and cannot stand to be seated for the entire process, I work at a desk enough as it is.
    • If you are concerned about piracy or it is the label/firm’s policy: Tough shit? we will both manage. I’m no pirate and take this stuff too serious to ever infringe upon the rights of artists/labels.
  • If you wish to submit a physical CD or LP copy of your promo:
    • E-mail me for an address to send it to.
    • It’ll be a United States mailing address
    • I hugely prefer vinyl!
    • The review may be extended 1-2 paragraphs that examine the packaging, artwork, and might include several photos of the product itself.
  • It may take up to 3-4 weeks for a full review.
    • Independent bands are given some extra priority, if sent early.
    • I won’t always remember to inform you of the review, follow me on Instagram or Facebook.
    • If it is not reviewed after 3-4 weeks, e-mail me and I’ll let you know if there has been an oversight on my part.
  • I will not censor controversial music.
    • I will maintain abject neutrality when possible.
    • It might not be promoted on social media depending on imagery.
    • Politics and/or controversy won’t factor into coverage.
    • Photographs of dead bodies, victims, and real (not illustrated) gore aren’t my thing in general. This is out of respect for the dead, their families and not intentional censorship. I will certainly cover music that uses gore etc. for imagery but generally won’t use photographed images of real death on the site [as of January 1st, 2021] I know it sounds lame to edgy folks but, again, it is a matter of respect.
    • I do not personally support fascism, homophobia or racism.
    • I do not consider anti-religious art as controversial. I encourage the defiance of all religion and the implementation of self-defined spirituality and/or philosophy.

FAQ (II): If you are a potential advertiser or sponsor:

  • There are currently only two potential options for advertisement on the site:
    • Sponsorship: One pinned post slot available monthly.
      • Lasting a month (29-31 total days) @ 25.00 USD.
      • Reserved for those wishing to endorse and support the site.
      • The content of the ad is up to you, headline will begin with ‘SPONSOR’.
      • Space for the post is unlimited but must include a 1200×250 banner. No animated banners, please.
      • Sponsorship will not create priority for coverage of releases, and will not affect criticism or scores given to releases.
    • Advertisement: Two pinned post slots available monthly.
      • Lasting a month (29-31 total days) @ 20.00 USD.
      • Reserved for those wishing to advertise with no specific endorsement of Grizzly Butts content.
      • The content of the ad is up to you, headline will begin with ‘ADVERTISEMENT’.
      • Space for the post is unlimited but must include a 1200 x 200 banner.
      • Advertisement will not create priority for coverage of releases, and will not affect criticism or scores given to releases.
    • These options exist in the pursuit of three major goals:
      1. Paying potential freelance writers for contributions.
      2. Site redesign and artwork commissions.
      3. Site hosting costs.

FAQ (III): If you are a potential contributor or featured artist:

  • There are currently no paid roles available in creation of Grizzly Butts.
    • Reviewers: 1-2 slot(s) available for coverage.
      • E-mail for details.
      • Do not under any circumstances contact a label, PR firm, or band claiming to represent Grizzly Butts as a content creator.
    • Interviewers: 1 slot available for coverage.
      • E-mail for details.
      • Video / audio greatly preferred.
      • Do not under any circumstances contact a label, PR firm, or band claiming to represent Grizzly Butts as a content creator.
    • Graphic artists: 1 slot available for featured graphic artist exists monthly.
      • This consists of one post featuring a short interview and up to five pieces of artwork.
      • These can be custom for Grizzly Butts, or a small cumulative portfolio.
      • Please either be a metal (or video game) fan/supporter.
    • Independent/Unsigned musicians: 1 slot available for featured unsigned (and looking) musician exists monthly.
      • This consists of one post featuring a short interview and a review of your recent (within 3 months, same year) demo.
      • You must provide the demo for review, with artwork.
      • If you’d like to be specifically considered for this feature, inform me! Otherwise I will consider any independent demo as part of the normal monthly set of promotional materials.

Please use this form [Hint: Enter your own name/e-mail, not mine!] if you have any questions, or if you would like to submit content, media, or discuss any sort of business. I am always looking for a front/backend/site designer as well as a banner artist, my needs are specifically tuned towards hand-drawn art, paintings (on canvas), and grimy 90’s demo tape art.

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