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Frequently Asked Questions

We're here to help bands with releasing and promoting their music so it can be heard. These are some of the questions we are often asked. If you have any others, please get in touch.

  • What is Blowtorch Records?
    Blowtorch Records is a friendly, ethical website and record label setup by Richard in 2018, based in Galway on the West coast of Ireland. The idea is to give unsigned, independent bands a digital space and promotion for their recorded music. We look after publicity while you make music. And we leverage the power of the collective for the good of everyone. Read our manifesto blog to learn more. Our bands tend towards the noisier, punk/postpunk end of the spectrum with some electronica thrown in for good measure. We can arrange for physical releases on CD and vinyl. We can also help you to make money by selling your merch (T-Shirts CDs, vinyl) in our online shop. We look forward not back. Blowtorch Records is The Future Sound Of Ireland.
  • What's the music scene like in Galway?
    For a relatively small city perched on the edge of Europe, Galway has an amazingly vibrant music culture. It encompasses everything from traditional Irish, through post punk and metal to hip hop and dance. The last few years have seen a resurgence in original music with the likes of The Clockworks and NewDad going on to massive international success. The local scene is booming too with a DIY culture and great labels, promoters and venues such as Rusted Rail, Chainbreaker Records, Rua Records, A Modern Movement, Aras Na Gael and Black Gate
  • What services do you offer?
    Your free web page will contain your biography, imagery, videos, social media links and tracks which can be set to stream or free/paid download. We will promote your music across our own social media channels and via blogs and podcasts. We send out press releases to music websites and radio stations. We can sell your physical releases and merch in our online shop. As a label who has had many bands played on national and internet radio stations, and reviewed in prestigious blogs, we can cut through the noise more effectively than you on your own.
  • Can you help me get my tracks onto Spotify?
    Yes we can answer all your streaming platform questions. We can get your tracks free-of-charge onto Spotify, Shazam, Apple, Amazon etc working with our aggregator Record Union.
  • Do you offer physical releases?
    Yes we can arrange for your singles, EPs or albums to be released on cassette, CD or vinyl. We can help with all aspects of the process including artwork, mastering and finding the right company to work with. We can also sell these for you using our secure e-commerce platform. As an example:
  • Can you help with recording, mixing and mastering?
    Yes. We have worked with a number of great people who we can put you in contact with. For example Ivan Jackman at Hellfire Studios in Dublin and and Katie Tavini in Brighton, UK have done great mastering work for us.

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