Dying Scene FAQ

How do I get a profile for my band on Dying Scene?

Inclusion in the Dying Scene band index should be considered an honor for every band listed. Each and every band profile on Dying Scene was manually created by someone on the Dying Scene staff because they believed more people should know about that band. You cannot create a band profile yourself (creating a regular user account with your band name, for example, will NOT create a band profile page in our Band Index). If you would like us to consider adding your band to our website please fill out our Band Profile Submission form.

If you hate forms or are having issues filling it out you can also send an email to contact (at) dyingscene.com (subject; Profile Request: YOUR BAND NAME) and include a link to your Facebook or other relevant pages. If we can’t listen to your music we will not add you to Dying Scene so please make sure the links you send us have a few tracks we can stream. If there’s any other information you’d like us to know about your band, don’t be shy; tell us!

How do I get a profile for my label on Dying Scene?

Just like band profiles, you cannot create a label profile yourself (creating a regular user account with your label name, for example, will NOT create a label profile page in our Label Index). If you would like us to consider adding your label to our website please send an email to contact (at) dyingscene.com (subject; Profile Request: YOUR LABEL NAME) and include a link to your official website and/or Facebook page. Please also include a list of the bands on your label with links to their Facebook or other relevant pages. If we dig your bands, we’ll create a label profile page for you as well as band profiles for your bands.

How do I get an album reviewed on Dying Scene?

If you would like us to review one of your band’s releases send a digital download link in an email to reviews (at) dyingscene.com. The subject of your email should read, “Review Request: YOUR BAND NAME – “RELEASE TITLE” ”. Please include in the email all pertinent information regarding the release (cover art, release date, track listing, etc.) as well as a link to your official website or Facebook page. We will NOT review an album based solely on a stream. Our reviewers do not believe an album is given a proper listening when hunched over laptop speakers and streaming tracks from a webpage – they prefer, rather, to listen to your albums cranked up to full volume on their highly sophisticated home entertainment centers or uber-tricked out car stereos.

Note: Sending us your album does not guarantee we will review it, but it does guarantee we will give it a good listen.

What does it cost to advertise on Dying Scene?

Very little. Luckily for you we didn’t actually start this website with the intention of making boat loads of cold hard cash.  If you’d like more information on how to push your new album/festival/tour/etc to the hordes of insanely fanatic punk fans that make up Dying Scene’s daily readership, you can check out our ad packages and rates here.

For more customized advertising we’re happy to get creative. Shoot us an email to contact (at) dyingscene.com and we’ll talk.

How do I add to or change my discography information on my Dying Scene profile?

The discography information listed on band and label profiles is provided by our awesome partners at Interpunk.com and ShopRadioCast.com. If a release is missing from the listed discography on Dying Scene its because you aren’t selling the release on Interpunk or ShopRadioCast, and for that you should be ashamed of yourself. If the information is incorrect on one of your releases it’s entirely the fault of Interpunk or ShopRadioCast. If all looks good, we take full credit.

How can I get Dying Scene to publish a story about something we’re doing?

There are a couple ways you can go about getting news published on Dying Scene. A) You can submit news directly through our Submit News page (linked from the header of the site). B) You can send us an email to press (at) dyingscene.com. Our editorial staff will review all submissions and if deemed relevant and factually accurate they will clean up your wording/formatting and publish your submission. We obviously don’t guarantee we will publish every story that gets submitted but you greatly increase the speed and possibility of publication if your submission is written in a voice and format that matches the stories you read on Dying Scene.

What is this “Radar” stuff all about?

Great question! Your “Radar” is where you can go to see the most recent stories on the bands you care most about. In other words, it filters the news to show only stories on bands that you have added to your Radar.

I know what you’re thinking: “This sounds f’ing amazing, Johnny X, but how do I add bands to my Radar?!” That’s another great question! First, you must have an account on Dying Scene. If you don’t have one go sign up now, it takes 30 seconds. Once you’re signed in, start looking through the daily news for bands you like. In the footer of every story there is a link that allows you to add the band that the story is about to your Radar. If you want to get really proactive, you can go to the Bands section and start adding bands to your Radar from there (the button is at the top of every Band Profile page).

Whether they’re old classics like Bad Religion or new discoveries like [insert the name of your favorite new band here], if you want to stay in the loop on what a certain band is doing, they’re a perfect candidate for your Radar. As soon as you’ve added some bands, you can get to your Radar anytime by clicking “The Radar” in the top level navigation on the site.

Now, I still highly encourage reading the full daily news in order to make those new band discoveries, which, of course, you should then be adding to your Radar. Boom!

Why does Dying Scene cover bands that don’t represent punk rock or a “Dying Scene?”

This is a question that is often asked among the punk rock elitists. First off, it’s worth noting that “Punk” is a subjective term and whatever “punk rock” means to one reader might mean something entirely different to another. You’ve heard this argument before but still you want to know how we can claim to be supporting a “dying scene” if we are also covering a bunch of highly successful, mainstream bands?

We do admit that the focus of Dying Scene is to the more underground, core, straight up punk bands that you don’t hear on the radio or read about on more mainstream blogs. One of our biggest goals, in fact, is to expose those smaller punk bands we love to greater audiences. To do that, however, we first need to create a “greater” audience to share with. We do this by covering all bands even remotely considered to be in the Punk Rock umbrella, including the more mainstream ones. Here’s why:

Imagine for a second that you’re a kid who does not yet really know about the punk scene. You don’t have an older brother that introduced you to it and your friends all listen to hip-hop. You’ve heard Rise Against on the radio and you know you like them so one day you do a search for them on the internet and you end up on a story about them on Dying Scene. Now that you’re on Dying Scene you read the next story on the front page which happens to be about a band called Part Time Killer. You’ve never heard of them, so you give them a listen and Holy Shit, you love it! You check out another band, and another, and next thing you know you’re buying the latest albums from 5 bands you’ve never heard of until today. Then you realize that the unifying factor amongst these bands is that they are more or less considered “punk” bands and now your mind is officially blown. So this is what Punk Music sounds like?! You tell all your friends about this “punk rock” deal and you introduce them to the new bands you’ve discovered on a very informative, sometimes funny and usually accurate website called Dying Scene. Some of those friends like what they hear and then they go and tell their friends, and just like that, we’ve helped dozens of smaller punk bands find new fans all because of one little article on a band the elitists shun because they think they’ve “sold out” or don’t fit their definition of punk rock. We call that a huge success.

Also, it should be noted that we at Dying Scene have absolutely no problem with punk bands getting popular and even getting played on the radio. Good for them!

I love punk rock and want to give back to the scene. How can I get involved with Dying Scene?

Do you have a fast internet connection? Can you read and write in the English language? Do you freaking love punk music? If you answered “Hell yes!” (or some variant of it) to all 3 questions then you are already mostly qualified. Send an email to contact (at) dyingscene.com giving us a little information on yourself and why you think you’d make a good addition to the team.