Do you want your music to get noticed? After all, it is every artist’s dream to make it big. Unless you become an overnight sensation, it can be a long and difficult process, but it is obtainable!
Read on to learn how you can get your music noticed.
You Need to Write Good Music
The first thing is first. Your music is not going to get noticed if it is not good. The sooner you take this to heart, the sooner you will be topping the charts. Many people do not know that most well-known artists write well over 30 songs for each album they release. Most are closer to 50 or 60. It is also commonly understood that you should write at least 100 songs before you can understand your writing style and control the creative process.
So do not hold back. Start writing, and don’t stop until you have full confidence in your abilities. This is what all of the great writers do.
Build a Local Following
Next, build a local following. Once you have a few great songs under your belt, start playing shows and inviting your friends. Throw a couple covers in the set and learn how to perform in front of an audience. It is best to have as big of a local following as possible before releasing your first song. It’s nice to have a headstart on the process.
Performing your songs in front of people is a great way to gauge whether they like them or not. They can lie to you when you send it to them, but their faces and attention tell all when you are standing in front of them.
Professionally Record Your Music
Once you feel confident about your music and following, it’s time to really get to work. Recording music professionally can be an expensive and grueling process, but it can also be the time of your life. There are plenty of ways to do it without breaking the bank. Just be sure you have at least one legitimate professional helping you along the way. People can subconsciously or consciously tell when music is not as high quality as the other music they listen to. So the money you spend here is worth every penny.
Upload Your Music
Once your music is recorded, mixed, and mastered by the best musicians and audio engineers you can afford, it’s time to start releasing! This will take a good bit of research and a lot of planning, but it will be so fun to finally have music out for people to listen to.
Use a Music Distribution Service
You need to work with a music distributor to upload your music onto most major streaming platforms. The best part is that it is easier than you might think. All you have to do is make an account, fill out the upload form correctly, check all the streaming services you want your song to be on, and boom. Your music will be out everywhere!
Know Spotify and Its Algorithms
Now that you know how to upload music to Spotify, you need to understand how Spotify works and take the fullest advantage of it. Spotify is the young artist’s most valuable tool. It has algorithmic playlists like Release Radar and Discover Weekly that update weekly. When your song does well, it will be placed on these playlists for a few people. If it continues to do well, it will be placed on even more algorithmic playlists. The cycle will continue until it no longer triggers the next level of algorithms.
These algorithms can be hard to understand, but the major factors you should pay attention to are release days and playlisting. Be sure to release on days that are good for algorithms, like Fridays, and always submit it for editorial playlists. You never know what may happen.
Keep track of your Spotify stats with the Spotify for artists app and use the data to inform your next release. Plus, it is always fun to see how many different countries are listening to your music. You will be surprised!
Tour During the Release of Your Music
Once your music is out for all the world to hear, be sure to play as many shows as you can. Telling an audience about song releases is a great way to connect with them and give yourself a few more streams.
Use Social Media to Your Advantage
Finally, do not be afraid to market your song on social media. Put it in TikTok videos, Instagram reels, talk about it, play it, etc. Just do everything you can to make sure that no one misses it. It may be annoying to some people, but it works!
Enjoy the Process
Getting your music noticed is a broad term. It can be easy to gain traction, but it is also easy to feel like you will never arrive at success. So, be sure to enjoy this process. Don’t constantly hope for more followers and streams. Enjoy making music, enjoy sharing your music, and enjoy meeting and connecting with people along the way. It will make your success all the sweeter.