How To Search:
HitTracker helps you to find the right person in the music industry, by showing you their track records. Artist-reference is the most precise way to search, as this will enable you to see who were those people responsible for breaking that artist, including the A&R, manager, publisher and producer. Therefore, according to your style of music, you can determine which people in the industry are those most suitable for you to work with.
A search without artist-reference shows a broader selection. Every entry contains a recommendation status based on that person's recent success. This is HitTracker's key feature and will show you who has the skills required to break a new act such as yours.
The various degrees of recommendation are:
Hit-recommended: A person with a Hit-recommendation is undoubtedly one of the leading players in the industry throughout the world. If you work with such a person, it can't get any better.
Recommended: A person who is likely to give you success in several territories, but is not amongst the hottest.
Locally recommended: A person who has very good skills, although these skills may only be demonstrable in a specific territory.
Others: Persons who have yet to prove themselves. It could be anything from A to Z. You might find good people here, because, of course, all those recommended were once just like any "other" person. Generally speaking, however, these are no longer important players in the industry.
To remain recommended, the person must be consistently breaking new artists. That's why only recommended acts are shown as artist-reference, although our database features many more artists. You can access these by doing a free text search.
Solicited/Unsolicited: Be aware that, particularly in the US music industry, there are people who only accept material from solicited sources, such as managers, attorneys or other people they are in contact with on a regular basis. If you send material directly to a person who only accepts solicited material, it is likely to be disregarded. Even though a person is listed as accepting unsolicited material, we recommend you contact them before sending anything.
The genres have been limited to five: Dance, MoR/Country, Pop, Rock, Urban. This is done in order to make a genre-search broader. If you find a genre to be missing, they are included within one of the genres mentioned. HitQuarters focuses on sales according to chart postition, which is the most credible way to measure success in the business. Therefore there might not be many jazz labels, for example, featured in our directory. Please note that there is no ulterior motive behind this, and it would be highly appreciated if you would contact us with your comments on how to extend and improve the database. We have no plans to add genres, however, as we prefer to have a broader search function, and most acts are not easily categorised and belong in many genres.
Here follows an explanation of the genres that could be considered subcategories to the genres included in the HitTracker:
Dance: Acid Jazz, Club, Disco, Drum&Bass, Dub, Electronica, Gabber, Garage, House, Industrial, Jungle, Lounge, Rave, Techno, Trance
MoR/Country: Ambient, Bluegrass, Cajun, Classical, Easy Listening, Folk, Fusion, Honky Tonk, Jazz, New Age, Opera, Rockabilly, Swing, World
Pop: Disco, Indie, Latin, New Wave, Reggae, Rockabilly, Ska, Synth
Rock: Alternative, Blues, Glam, Metal, Progressive, Psychedelic, Punk, Rockabilly
Urban: Dub, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, New Jack Swing, R&B, Rap, Reggae, Ska, Soul, Trip Hop
For a more detailed explanation on the benefits to be gained from the HitTracker, please read the Advisory Text.