As a former artist and producer and current remixoligist knowing the other-side of the game I felt compelled to address this issue & throw it on the table so to speak. Always having local artist in most cases pass me a CD (I used to do the same) to check out, in most cases I do when the time permits.
But let's be real just for a moment "everybody thinks there records are hot" right? As a working dj for years & a producer in the A.N.D music scene meeting with, plus talking to artist this I know for a fact very well!!! I know personally how hard the local artist has to grind to put forth new material, the hours in the studio, the editing, the writing, the punch in's, getting on the same page with everyone's time schedule. Trust me I overstand it, because again I used to do it first hand. (Yeah I said overstand not understand will explain that word in another post tho) LOL..
I am and have been an avid supporter of local A.N.D. music for years just to set the record straight, putting out CD's titled in Volumes called (The A.N.D.'s Greatest Misses) working on a new one currently as a matter of fact now. Good quality music that I listened to personally that had the potential to "Hit" but lacked support from the local Dj community,hence that's why it missed. I agree jocks that some stuff people pass you is just garbage & is almost impossible to work into your sets due to the poor sound quality of some material or all the unnecessary cussing verse after verse. But for those local artist that have immense talent, quality content & a hot dance track to boot, I feel we don't show them enuff support to say the least. I know the argument " People don't know the artist & are not familiar with the song" my answer to that is they would be, just only if we would give them some spins to build a buzz around the city.
Remember we dj's were originally the ones who "broke" hot records in the streets & clubs, a term we used back in the day meaning to bring attention to a dope record or artist that people had not heard of at the time. In my opinion the Radio got a lot of peoples heads messed up because every song heard on the radio is assumed to be what the people wanna hear. If you asked folks on the street you will find out quick that's simply not the truth. My point is let's start showing more love to the local artist who really does bring the flavor, after all they work hard, and they deserve a shot I think. Jocks and local artist and anyone in between with an opinion leave some feed back that's what I created this forum for ya dig. Peace da A.N.D. Representa Tuc.........