What exactly is a Coconut Blues Club Challenge?
The Coconut Blues Club (CBC) Challenge is a themed musical event in song writing/recording. Once a month I set a theme and you write and record a piece of music related to that theme. It is not a competition. The purpose of the challenge is to help you experiment and develop as a musician and to help you discover new ways of working. I hope it will inspire you to be more creative and I also hope you’ll have a bloody great time along the way!
What song (s) can I submit?
Any song can be submitted as long as it fits the challenge brief and this includes cover songs. If submitting a cover song please be aware of copyright law. Your submission(s) must be written/recorded especially for the set challenge theme and not already posted on your Soundclick page. You can submit a maximum of 4 songs, but not songs that have previously been uploaded at any stage unless it’s a new and updated relevant version. Only songs that fit the theme will be accepted and may be vetted before hand.
Use of Loops/Song Kits
While I understand not everyone has the use of real drums or an orchestra, I would expect if loops are being used that you either modify them in some way, or you use them only as a means to enhance your original track. Using just song kits/loops conflicts with the whole ethos of the challenge. Songs that I feel don’t contain enough original work will not be accepted. This new rule does not affect backing tracks as I understand the limitations some of you are working under; just make it your own!
How do I summit a song?
Once you have uploaded your song, click on full song info and copy and paste the URL link. Send the link to me in a private message (PM), not email. Please put CBC Challenge Song link (or something similar) as the PM subject. Songs not submitted this way potentially could be missed (e.g. if I am unwell) and I am unable to guarantee that your song will be included as a result. PM me!
Is there a submission deadline? And what else do I need to know?
Always leave as late as possible before uploading as it makes the whole thing a wonderful surprise for everyone. Song submission deadline is always 7pm UK time on the date posted in the original challenge blog. Once uploaded, hide well to keep the surprise!
What is a Challenge Party? Do I need to be there to take part in the Challenge?
The challenge party is where lots of the guys and gals meet up to hear all the songs together, call it a launch party if you like. It's a really great way of meeting new people and usually a lot of fun. If it's not your thing don't worry, you don't have to be there to be able to submit a song.
What if I want to tell other people about my Challenge Song?
Spamming of songs before the challenge party is strictly prohibited and that's by any means including Facebook, Twitter other websites and email. Remember, the challenge is about taking a journey and learning and growing. Spamming beforehand will result in your song not being included in the challenge party. You will be more than welcome to let all your friends and fans know once the party has started.
How can I find out when the Challenge has been posted?
If you would like to be notified by email when the challenge has been posted just PM me your email address. Alternatively you can now find us on Facebook
What if I have any more questions?
Just PM me!