Q: Shi the Music Critic? Really? That’s your pen name?
A: Yeah, I wanted to be as pompous as I could. It also reflects a bit of myself and how I review. Shi is both a word for “death” and “four” in Japanese, so the moniker reflects my four category rubric as well some of the death motif I adore in Medieval art. In it Death is often a performer and commentator of sorts.
Q: Why do you review live shows?
A: Live performances are the most “at home” for me. Also, I feel it’s more telling about someone’s skill than through a recording.
Q: What’s your rubric for reviewing live shows?
A: I have a four category system. It is: technique (apart from the obvious I include the song’s composition. Don’t worry I account for the genre); presentation (how you are on stage); audience interaction (how you work with your audience. Yes, I’m pretty merciful here); and brownie points (if I feel a score doesn’t reflect how you truly performed I use this section to give it the oomph it needs). I work on a 0-10 point scale overall with 4 points for technique, 3 for presentation, 3 for audience interaction, and 3 for brownie points.
Q: What’s your rubric for reviewing recordings?
A: This is pending as I learn the basics of production. If you want to be a guinea pig shoot me an email with your recording.
Q: Will you review my [insert recording]?
A: I’m still learning some of the ropes of music production, so if you bear with me I’ll give it a shot. Just bear in mind if you send it I will post a review unless otherwise asked.
Q: What are the guidelines for submissions?
A: Send all recordings to my contact email (see below) with a subject line of “Review Request”. In the body send the recording (naturally) and any links and the ilk you’d like published with the review.
You can also find me on: https://www.musosoup.com
Q: Are there circumstances where you won’t publish a review?
A: Yes. Most are personal circumstances, but I also won’t publish as requested. This request, however, mostly applies to recordings. The request to not publish reviews of live shows is on a case-by-case basis.
Q: I don’t like the review you wrote about me. Will you take it down?
A: Nope. I do review bands multiple times, so don’t fret about a bad review from a no-name critic. You may get a better review in the future.
Q: You gave the band a craptastic review, yet you still posted a link to their site. Why?
A: Ultimately it doesn’t matter what I think. I’d much prefer to promote music and see people perform at their best.
Q: How may I contact you?
A: My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking to submit work you can also find my profile at: https://www.musosoup.com
Q: Seriously, why are you such a pompous bitch?
A: It’s a nice combination of bitterness, the way I write, and daddy issues. I’m sure the loss of my pets play into it too.