How To Use Spotify To Promote Your Music


The age of the Internet has signalled the beginning of new and exciting opportunities for aspiring musicians. Where once only a recording contract with an established label would lead to chart success, anyone with the requisite talent can now ensure that their music is heard on a global stage. Spotify is the world's largest music streaming service of its kind in the world, and it allows users to listen to a huge catalogue of music for free, or with additional user options in exchange for a monthly subscription. You can now list your own compositions for streaming alongside those of the world's most successful recording artists, and it's probably easier than you think.

Enlist the help of nominated music distribution companies

Although it is not possible to directly upload music to the Spotify website, it is possible to do it through specialist music promotion companies. For a small charge, the service you choose will administer the royalties you receive from Spotify, as well as ensuring that your tracks are sent in the correct format.

During the sign-up process, it is important that you take the time to ensure that your biography and contact details are correct. You can't update them via the Spotify website, so any errors will need to be rectified through music distribution companies - a task that could take several weeks to complete.

Build a following

The key to success on Spotify is to accumulate a list of followers. As more people listen to your compositions, they will follow you - and hopefully persuade their friends to do the same. However, in order to give your presence on Spotify the required credibility, you will need to get verified.

Once your music has been uploaded to Spotify, you can create your own profile and link it to your Spotify discography. This is done through the verification form on the website. After supplying the URL of your discography, a profile name, an associated Twitter account and an acceptable photo, the verification process will begin - which can take up to three weeks. Verified artists can be identified by the 'blue tick' icon displayed next to their profile name.

When someone follows you, they will be instantly notified by email when you change your profile or add new tracks, so it's a great way of keeping your loyal fans in the loop. You can let them be the first to hear your new tracks - which they may share with other users. The Spotify activity feed will also keep your fans up to date with new material - and any songs you have added to your playlists recently.

Embrace Spotify playlists

Even the world's biggest recording artists are using Spotify playlists to engage with new fans and stay in touch with existing ones. Give your playlists appropriate names, and make them available to an audience of millions. Your fans and people looking for new artists in your genre will be able to access playlists on their mobiles and tablets too, which could further the reach of your own music.

Include Spotify on your own website

It is now easy to make your Spotify presence felt by fans through your own website. With the addition of some simple code, you can add a 'play' button to any page on your site. This will allow visitors to listen to your tracks with just one click. You can also place a link to your Spotify profile on your own website, which can grow your following quickly and organically.

Spotify allows you to sell music

As an artist on Spotify, you can now set up an online merchandise store with the help of artist link. Whether you want to sell CDs of your best work, branded clothing or signed photos, the automated, step-by-step process makes it easy. You can also direct listeners to your website, where you can sell to them directly.

Spotify is a convenient, easy-to-use and cheap way of giving your music a global audience. With the right help from music promotion companies, it can grow your legion of fans far quicker than you ever imagined.

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Have you used Spotify to promote your music? Does this post help you understand Spotify better? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ditto Music is an online music record label services and digital distribution company servicing over 50,000 artists across the world. Services include chart eligibility, royalty collection and online promotion.


Handbook - Heaven's Scent


Handbook is a beatmaker with a relentless work ethic.

"Heaven's Scent" is a smooth instrumental with a chopped vocal sample.

Handbook's drum work is strong as usual. I love how he consistently drops quality material.

"Heaven's Scent" is a single from Handbook's new album Olden. Handbook states that the basis of his work is quality sampling.



BUY OLDEN

Follow @HandbookYork on Twitter.


Children of Zeus - Still Standing




So I am back to posting music here and let's just say this song by Children of Zeus is amazing. Children of Zeus consists of Tyler Daley and KonnyKon.

Tyler's vocal performance is stellar and his song writing skills are very good.

The rapping third verse is simple and to the point and fits the concept.

I suggest that you check out this group from Manchester, UK. Also check out "Elevate" as well.

Follow @TylerDaley + @KonnyKon on Twitter.


7 Types of Social Media Music Promoters - Which One Are You?


Social media has become a megaphone for the masses. As music artists and producers we recognize the value that it holds for getting our talent to the ears of people who will enjoy it.

Chances are, you’re connected with others in the industry and have witnessed the various tactics employed to get people to listen.

Some strategies work well for some people, while others...not so much.

Every artist is unique and has a unique fan base, therefore a variety of strategies tailored to your personality and those you are trying to reach is important.

No matter what your style is, make it work for you. Below I will point out 7 types of social media music promoters.

The Force Feeder
You fear being lost in the shuffle and want to guarantee that people see your newest release so you post and tweet, almost incessantly, to force your way into your friends and followers feeds.

Potential Upside: The likelihood of people noticing your music is higher.
Potential Downside: You may annoy people and cause them to hide, mute, unfollow or unfriend you, diminishing your reach.

How to Make the Most of This Method: Spread out your sharing a bit. Too much chatter makes it easy to be overlooked. Take advantage of commenting on likes, comments, retweets and shares at various times to keep your music visible but in a less commanding way.

The Name Dropper
You want to be certain that friends and followers take notice of the music that you want to share so you tag or mention them to make sure that they see it.

Potential Upside: They will see it and like, share or retweet it causing it to be visible to potential fans outside of your network.
Potential Downside: You may annoy people and cause them to become frustrated with your promotional tactics, creating resistance to future promotions.

How to Make the Most of This Method: Be thoughtful with your tags and mentions. Only tag people that you regularly interact with, have directly contributed to your work or have a specific interest in your music.

The Graffiti Artist
You have meticulously thought through who you want to know you have new music so you visit the timeline of each individual to post your links. You feel that they may enjoy it and will be delighted that you took the time to address them personally, therefore they will be more likely to listen and share.

Potential Upside: They may be glad you took the time to send it to them and be more likely to listen and share.
Potential Downside: They may not appreciate you posting your work on their timeline and hide or delete it, diminishing your reach.

How to Make the Most of this Method: Carefully select whose timeline you chose to share your music to. Pay attention to what they share and consider if your post would be something they would want people who visit their timeline to view.

The Attention Grabber
You believe you have a slightly more subtle approach. You watch for posts that may draw people that would have an interest in your endeavors and you share your information in the comments section.

Potential Upside: You may attract people to your link and gain new fans.
Potential Downside: You may annoy people, specifically the author of the original post and get your comment removed and/or be blocked.

How to Make the Most of This Method: Be considerate to the original “poster”. Create a dialog that warrants a reason for you to share your work. If that does not occur and it is not directly related, save it for another time.

The Inbox Intruder
You don’t want to be blatant with your advertising so you inbox your connections...a LOT...to make sure they are aware that you have music you want them to hear.

Potential Upside: This approach is a bit more personal than some of the alternatives and may make the receiver more likely to listen and share.
Potential Downside: Too many inbox messages may turn-off potential fans and cause them to ignore you.

How to Make the Most of This Method: Space out your messages. Generate conversation that is not self-serving to let the receiver know that you view them as a person, not just another view or play.

The Meek Mumbler
You’re afraid of annoying people. You’ve witnessed and possibly have been annoyed with all of the other tactics you’ve observed or been on the receiving end of, so you rarely post your music and when you do it is with an incredibly shy premise.

Potential Upside: People don’t see you post that often so they are more likely to engage with you when you do.
Potential Downside: People may be more likely to miss your posts, limiting your potential audience.

How to Make the Most of This Method: Plan a variety of posts that allow you to share information more frequently in a less redundant manner. Experiment with text, photos & videos to get more mileage out of the content you wish to share.

The Privileged Panhandler
You’ve worked hard to build a significant social network connection. People love what you do and so it’s only natural that they are waiting to hear what’s next from you. Instead of asking people to listen to your new music you tell them to, and you already know they’re going to like it so you tell them to share because it’s all a form of support.

Potential Upside: Your core fans may feel compelled to follow instructions and honor your decree.
Potential Downside: You may lose said support from fans who feel that you don’t recognize their time is valuable and that you believe they owe you something.

How to Make the Most of this Method: Confidence in your talent is great, but be cognizant of the fact that your fans have other things that demand their attention. Throw in a “please” as an acknowledgement that they could be doing other things with their time but you hope they choose to spend it with you.



So now that you've familiarized yourself with the various types of Social Media music promoters there are, which group would you say that you belong to?

It's important to recognize that there are pros and cons associated with each method, but as long as you take the time to build relationships with your audience, your style can provide the results you desire.

Keep in mind that just as you don't want to be viewed as "another artist" your fans don't want to be viewed as just "another consumer".

Initiating dialogue between you and your audience is the best way to lessen the effects of the cons commonly linked to various social media marketing strategies.

Have you noticed additional pros or cons with your promotion technique? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


The Ultimate Music Distribution Directory


Your music is your baby. You’ve worked hard, poured your heart and energy into it and now you’re ready to make it accessible to the world.

Your current fans as well as the pretty decent network of potential new fans you’ve built up are eager to hear the gem you’re ready to drop.

So now it’s time to switch gears for a moment. Have you considered the most cost-effective way to ensure your music reaches your desired audience the way that you want it to?

Many artists tend to focus on a few of the well known distributors (which is not a bad thing) but as with anything it is important to do your research, crunch the numbers and find out what will work best for you.

There are a variety of distributors you can select from to suit your specific needs. Take some time to weigh your options to maximize your results.



24 Hour Distribution
101 Distribution

Allegro/Nail Distribution
Altavoz Distribution
Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA)
AMPED Distribution
Artist eCard
AWAL

Bandcamp
Bandzoogle
Baseware Distribution
Believe Digital
Big Fuss Records
BFM Digital
Boomdizzle
Bonded Services

Caroline
Catapult Distribution
CD Baby

Dancephonic
DistroKid
Ditto Music

Ektoplazm
Emu Bands
eOne Distribution

Fat Beats Distribution
Finetunes Digital Media Services
Fontana North Distribution
Foundation Media
The Fuel Music

iHipHop Distribution
iMusician Digital
INDMusic 
Independent Distribution Collective
The Indie Music Marketing & Consulting Group
Indigo Boom
IRIS Distribution

J Distribution
JTV Digital

KLM Distribution
Kunaki

LRT Entertainment

MDI Distribution

MondoTunes
Music Kickup
MVD Entertainment Group
My Music Site

Onerpm
The Orchard

Planetworks
Plastic Head Music Distribution

Rainysongs
Red Distribution
Redeye Distribution
Repel Music Distribution
ReverbNation

RouteNote

SAS Management
SC Distribution
Shopify
SongCast
Songstall
SPIT Digital
Sugo Music
Symphonic Distribution
Syntax Creative

Thirty Tigers
Tinderbox Music
Tunecore

Venzo Digital
VibeDeck
Virtual Label

Wiseband

Zebralution
Zimbalam
Zoho Music



Who Should We Add To This List?

Are there any distributors that should be included? Please share the link in the comment section below and we will add them to the list.


 

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