In my experience, most people who start doing music have an over-inflated view of how good their own music is. I know myself, when I listen back to my first attempts at making songs as a teenager, I can’t believe it now because they sound so horrible. How on earth was I so excited about those songs at the time?!?
When you make your own music it’s easy to get attached to certain parts, because you’ve listened to them over and over again. And sometimes there are problem areas in your own music which you forget about because you’ve been working on it for hours and your brain blocks out the problems or becomes accustomed.
My advice is:
- Use this forum to study all the dozens of posts about hard-rejected items, most of the time people will post the music, and you will be able to hear the bad quality of rejected tracks and you will benefit from the comments of other forum members who are giving advice for improvements.
- Go and listen to pretty much any music on the AudioJungle catalogue which is in a similar category to your own. Don’t just listen to the top-sellers, most of the time the low selling tracks are as good or BETTER than the top-sellers. Very few tracks get approved by Envato without being excellent quality, and I believe the standard is getting tighter, which is actually good for all of us. Certainly the average track on AudioJungle is better than the average track on some sites, for example AudioSparx has some woeful music. I believe Pond5 apply a similar tight level of scrutiny as Envato. PremiumBeat have a different model, they are not open to submissions, however their standard is more or less the same as AudioJungle.
- Listen to your track, and be honest, does it sound more like the other rejected tracks posted on the forum, or does it sound more like the accepted tracks in the AJ catalogue?
- Post your hard-rejected tracks on here, just one per thread please, and you can guarantee you’ll get a helpful response from someone. I try my best to respond to every hard-reject thread, I see it as a way of hopefully helping out my fellow members. But I am brutal in my comments.