So you’ve received a pretty dodgy email saying that they’d love to release your music on a label, even though you’ve only got 50 followers… riiigghht.
And, at this point your alarm bells are ringing, and you’re asking yourself: is SRL networks a scam?
In this article we’re going to answer whether SRL Networks is legit, and whether it’s worth submitting to them or not. Are you being scraped of your money, or is it a legitimate chance? Find out here.
We can’t say for sure whether it’s a scam or not, but there are some telltale signs that it could very well be a scam, set up to phish your card details from you.
Let’s start with
What Makes SRL Networks Look Like A Scam?
There’s a couple things that make SRL Networks look like a total scam, and we’re going to list them here so you’re informed.
Although at first glance the Facebook page looks like it has a lot of followers, if you scroll further down, you’ll notice that the SRL Networks pages gets next to no engagement.
Now we know that Facebook has made constant changes to the algorithm, and that FB pages’ reach has been sliced, and sliced, and sliced. But, for a page of over 100,000 likes to get virtually no engagement on their posts seems a bit fishy to us.
They also promise 7 million reach across their social platforms, with a link to a screenshot which shows 3 million reach in the last 3 months.
Now this could well be true, but we all know the wonders of Google’s inspect element, and we can all make ourselves millionaires in PayPal in seconds if we don’t hit the refresh button ever again.
It seems like they do have an active Facebook, but the lack of engagement is what worries us.
They may well get the 3 million engagement as shown on the statistics, and they’re very active with their posting. But, it just looks a little off.
On SRL Networks homepage, they showcase who they’ve had on SRL networks before. And there’s a pixellated video of an artist called Ezi Emela that they claim to have had on their YouTube channel.
When doing a bit of digging we found the exact same video, on a different YouTube channel.
This video was much longer and showcased the entire song (3:01), and was much higher quality than the one showcased on the SRL Networks YouTube channel, which is actually renamed “Music Discovery XO”.
Now this was posted 3 years ago, and back then Ezi Emela wasn’t that big. Since then she’s grown a bit and now has her own Vevo page, but her video views vary massively.
It’s a potentiality that she did in fact use SRL Networks to promote herself, but it’s the difference in video quality that seems a bit weird to us.
You can even see it in the low res photos we’ve included above.
There are some broken links (or non-existent links) on their website. The links that direct you to Apple Radio stations, and Orange radio stations don’t seem to be there.
This could be the website design, but you’d expect the links to direct you to the right place, and be there.
However, there are more live links than the broken ones, so we give them the benefit of the doubt on this one, and would chalk this up to website designing. We designed our own website and sometimes you forget things!
Weirdly Titled Google News Blogs
This is one that really threw us off. Most of the titles looked pretty legit, apart from the one shown in the above image, at the bottom.
We went through and checked the blog post to see what it was promoting, and the title of the blog wasn’t the title of the album.
Upon further research, we did in that the artist writes Children’s books, but again these were titled differently to the blog title SRL Networks chose. And, it seems a little condescending even for a kid to be addressed like that in a book title.
What Makes SRL Networks Look Legitimate?
There are some things that make SRL Networks look legitimate too, and we wanted to list them here as well. This is an honest look at whether the company is a scam or not. It’s for you to decide whether you purchase their services.
Companies House Page
One of the main things that makes SRL Network look legitimate is that they are a fully registered company on companies house, and have been since December 2012.
This means that they are registered as a private limited company in the UK, and can be openly found on the gov.uk website.
Being registered as a limited company, being open about the company number, and providing a telephone number too, makes them seem far more legitimate.
This is because, if they were a scam, they could easily be found, and sued by anyone that had been stolen from, giving some evidence that SRL Networks is not a scam. Maybe a poor service, but not a scam.
We wouldn’t imagine a scammer would want their information to be linked to companies house where they can be found.
SRL Networks appears to have a list of Spotify playlists they use to promote their artists. These playlists have monthly listeners, and a decent number of followers – not the kind that will get you thousands of plays, but they are at least legitimate.
The playlists are consistently updated with new music, and it seems like it’s active.
Radio Live Stream
SRL Networks also have a constant live stream on Twitch, and Mixcloud. It seems like their pretty active on both platforms. They have a few plays, but don’t have many followers either of the platforms.
SRL also have a Soundcloud page where they repost their auditions, and this is also very active. They get around 300-500 plays per song on their channel.
Is SRL Networks A Scam?
SRL Networks is a scam. There are some huge red flags like fake social media followers, a pay-to-play business model, weirdly named blog posts, and inconsistencies across social media names with broken links. It is real business, registered on companies house, but we wouldn’t got near it.
It may seem like a dream come true to receive an email like this, especially when you’re a budding, new music producer. And, it definitely made our heart skip a little beat when we received it back in 2020.
However, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be and, if you click the link in the email to audition, you have to purchase a ticket, which costs £9.99. This used to cost £5, but since 2020 it’s changed a bit.
SRL Networks now offer a free ticket, but… wait for it there’s a catch!
The free ticket doesn’t promise you any coverage for your music. So it’s probably not worth it anyway.
The purchased ticket however does promise some things, and it made us wonder: are these empty claims? Will they actually follow through on what they said they would?
With a £9.99 ticket you can submit music for an audition, and supposedly get coverage across a social media network of 7 million, get added to Spotify playlists, and they’ll even run a PR campaign for you!
The artist promotion roster looks fake and past artists that have been promoted on SRL networks, have blurry, ripped videos from other, more popular YouTube channels.
We did a lot of research and put it on one page for you to take a look through, and decide whether it’s worth purchasing a ticket. They may be legit at the end of the day.
We did a lot of research and put it on one page for you to take a look through, and decide whether it’s worth purchasing a ticket. They may be a legit, registered company, but it looks like the service they provide is sub-par and close to a scam.
Only you can answer whether it’s worth it or not, but please read the entire article before you do make a decision. There are some important points on here that will help you decide.