This is part of our ongoing series discussing getting on the radio. To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on the radio, check out our list of related articles. To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.
What is your band name?
TEE-M (Tariq Mirza)
Tell us about your band.
TEE-M (Tariq Mirza) grew up in Karachi, Pakistan hearing rock/pop on the short-wave radio, listening to street musicians playing the tunes of the land and learning to play on a hand-me-down guitar. The music encompasses Rock ‘n roll, pop and folk with a tinge of Eastern (sub-continent) influences. At the moment TEE-M plays with AL the bassman and have been together on and off for over 20 years. TEE-M’s video “Hallucination” winning the Van Gogh award for Best Avant Garde Film in Amsterdam, The Golden Palm Award in Mexico and in 2011-12 is also the official selection of 8 Film n Music Festivals around the world…
Have you ever had your music played on College or FM Radio?
Yes, just recently the biggest FM radio network in Pakistan CityFM89 interviewed and debut the new TEE-M singles “On Face Book” and Kisses By The Bucket” for the world. The interview is archived on their website. TEE-M has also been interviewed in other radio stations in Pakistan garnering a Top Ten hit there with the song “Aao Aao Aao (suji ka halwa) from his album EARTHIOTIC…
Here in Los Angeles TEE-M has been interviewed numerous times and TEE-M music has been played by Mike Stark (author: Black Sabbath: An Oral History) on his “Rock 50” show on WPMD, Cerritos College. Mike also gets TEE-M to do a monthly show with him called “TEE-M’s UNsigned Music Show” which exposes indie artists and bands from around the world. Mike Stark also does a monthly radio show with Bill Ward, the drummer of Black Sabbath.
What things did your band try in order to get on the radio and did they work?
Mailed cds to FM stations and also one 45 RPM single in the 90’s which was played around the country on College stations. Some radio stations didn’t care for it but a lot did.
Stay tuned for our next installment of “Get on the Radio: Tales of Toil and Triumph”! Be sure to submit music for radio airplay on Earbits!