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The Independent Artist: How to Get Your Music into Spotify Playlists
Streaming services have revolutionized the way we consume music. Among them, Spotify has become one of the most popular music streaming platforms today, accounting for 36% of the music streaming industry. One of the best ways for independent artists to gain exposure and connect with fans is by being featured on Spotify playlists.
In this article, we will share the best ways get your music into Spotify playlists and help you reach more listeners.
Understanding Spotify: The Power of Playlists
Spotify has over 356 million active users, with more than million tracks on their platform. While listeners can search for any song want, it’s the playlists that play an important role in the discovery of new music.
Playlists and editor-curated playlists have become the new radio for many people, with more than two playlists being created or streamed every month.
Creating a playlist on Spotify is super easy – from fan’s perspective. But as an independent artist, how can you make your way into those? Fortunately, there are various ways to approach this.
Start with Your Own Playlist
Before submitting your music to Spotify playlist curators, it's a great idea to create your own playlists.
Include your favorite artists and songs, as well as one or two of own tracks-- don't oversaturate the playlist with your own material! Make sure your playlist includes popular songs and not just your own, as this will its boost visibility.
Sharing and engaging with fans on social media can help grow your audience and gain. This increases the chances of making it onto Spotify's more popular playlists.
Submit Your Music to Playlist Curators
Getting music into a Spotify playlist can be a game-changer for many artists. So how do you started? You can begin by reaching out to playlist curators who specialize in your genre.
There are numerous curators and playlist submission sites online, but you should look for those who cater your style of music.
suitable playlists: Start by finding playlists that match your genre and fit your music style. Check the playlists which are hosted by independent curators, bloggers, or music websites.
build: Next, you build a relationship with the playlist curators by following them on social media reaching out through their contact details provided on their profiles.
personalize your pitch: When reaching out to a playlist curator, personalize your pitch and tell them why your music fits their playlist. Make to mention the track's name and some background information about yourself.
include the song: Send the Spotify song link to the curator for them to listen to your track.
follow up: Send a follow-up message if you don't hear back from them-- but don't be pushy.
Submitting your song to playlist curators is an effective way to increase streams, new fans, and build your audience.
Use CDBaby.com to Distribute Your Music on Spotify
I can never speak highly enough about CDBaby. They have been on the side of the independent artist since day one and continue to be today. You're not going to find a more affordable and more effective tool for your music career.
Once you have your music on CDBaby's platform, your tracks will be distributed across multiple platforms, including Spotify. The best part about using CDBaby.com is that you can keep 100% of the royalties maintaining ownership of your music. Building a fanbase and making money at the same time!
Stay Active on Social Media
Social media is an essential tool for independent artists to connect with and promote their music. You should post regular updates about upcoming shows, album or single releases and other developments. Encourage fans to share your music on their social media channels as this help your music reach wider audiences.
In conclusion, getting your music into Spotify playlists is a tremendously effective way to gain new fans and grow your audience. It's important to remember that you need to stay engaged with your music on social media if you expect anyone else to engage with your music.
Monday, June 25, 2018
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The first two tracks of my new project have been finalized and submitted to CDBaby!
It feels great to have made a significant step forward. I'm hoping to capitalize on this momentum by writing and recording more material. I'm especially pleased that I managed to accomplish this during an extremely busy period.
It goes to show that, if you make your goals manageable and attainable, nothing can get in your way. I wasn't afraid to modify my original goal-- that is where many people, daunted by the enormity of their goal, assume it's easier to simply throw in the towel.
Maybe two singles, one being a cover song, isn't a tremendous achievement. I'll be the first to suggest it is not, but there's not denying the fact that it's progress. A few short weeks ago, I had nothing. Now my project has two releases under it's belt that will soon be available on numerous digital retail sites.
I'll have more time this weekend to devise and refine the next step of my goal. I'm going to have to figure out how best to market these singles while still staying focused on creating more material.
I've really been reveling in the anonymity of this project. I want people to think this is a full band and I almost would prefer that my involvement be obscured. I want people to discover these songs organically, without me shoving it in anyone's face. Still, I will need to make sure that its out there and easy to find.
More to come this weekend. Stay tuned!
Thursday, June 7, 2018
I work at what is essentially a tourist attraction, so this is our peak season. Summer projects are ramping up and with that comes overtime and exhaustion. I also have a 9 year-old daughter, and she's experiencing the transverse of what I am-- increased free time with ample opportunity for fun and adventure.
The total cost for taking care of both tracks was just shy of $70. There were some restrictions with regard to the cover song, but here's what that included:
Hopefully, this motivates me to keep plugging away. I'll probably work on creating some sort of Youtube video for the songs. Who knows, this could even help to contribute financially to the project!
Sunday, May 27, 2018
DAUNTING TASKS AHEAD-- YOU CAN ADJUST YOUR GOALS
I'm starting to get nervous about reaching my initial goal for this project.
The prospect of finishing writing and recording 10 new songs and having them ready for release in just under 3 months feels a little unrealistic right now.
Right now, I've got 2 songs fairly well done and a third song that is in the works-- written, but a fairly long ways from being considered 'done'.
I've got a lot of options right now. The first option in front of me is the easiest-- just give up. Pack up the music gear and stuff it back in the closet. Pretend none of this ever happened. I've already got two recordings done that I'm fairly proud of, so that would be a waste of effort, and disappointing, too.
The next option is to just scramble to meet the deadline. Slop together 10 songs as fast as I can. If I go that route, I might feel the satisfaction of making my goal-- but I suspect I won't be proud of the material itself. Ultimately, this route seems likely to discourage any further attempts at producing new material.
So, I think what I will do is a compromise that will eventually get me to my original goal. I'm going to put out a series of EPs containing 2-5 songs each. Collectively, the 3 or 4 EPs will combine to represent a body of work that comprises of 12 or so songs. Maybe 2 original songs and one cover song on each release. We'll see how that works.
I'm going to try to knock out two more songs, which would put me at 3 originals and a cover, and try to get that out before the end of June. I don't think I will physically release these until I've compiled more than 10 tracks.
Stay tuned. Things are always changing. We'll get there. Keep your head down.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
4 THINGS TO DO FIRST
Today's post from the CDBaby DIY Musician blog was titled "Ready to launch your next music project? Do these 4 things FIRST"-- I was stoked!
The article, written by Dave Kusek, is short but sweet and touches on many of the points I've been hammering on in this blog. It also breaks down and defines what exactly a 'project' might be.
I highly recommend you read the article for yourself (and sign up for Dave's webinar next Tuesday). For the sake of brevity, I'm going to answer his 4 questions here as they relate to my forthcoming project.
1. What is the big-picture purpose of your project?
2. What are your goals?
I would like to place half of the songs from this record (at least 5 tracks) in television shows. In the past, I have placed songs in shows on MTV, Oxygen and FOX. That was almost a decade ago. Flash forward to today, we have a completely different landscape in which people consume their entertainment. Netflix, Hulu and even internet webseries are more prevalent in media than ever before. 5 unique song placements in TV by the end of 2018 will require a lot of hustle, but I feel its a tangible goal.
3. Make an action plan
Once the material is completed and ready for production, I'm giving myself a budget of $1,000 to cover mastering, duplication and marketing. An extremely thin budget, but that's going to be part of the challenge. The duplication portion of the budget will go to getting a small batch of physical albums pressed, cover the licensing fees for the cover song, and paying for the PRO CDBaby! membership to get the songs into digital retailers.
Whatever remains of the $1,000 budget will be spent on social media marketing. I'm guessing that this will be less than $250 dollars, but hopefully that will get the word out on the album since I'm planning to do ZERO performances.