1. How do Artists Get on Playlists?
How do I submit my music to playlists as an artist? A question asked by music artists across the world. And an important one. Raising your profile as a new artist is a ton of hard work. Whether it’s promoting new releases, full albums, gigs, or just generally getting your music heard by the masses. It’s a tough grind. You spend hours working your ass off to get industry experts, music fans, random dogs, pretty much anyone really, to listen to your new music. It can be pretty dishearting.
However, one guaranteed way for music fans to listen to your tunes, even inadvertently, is to get them onto one of the music streaming platform playlists. All top music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, and Deezer have playlists. To build these playlists, they use ‘space magic’ or algorithms, as these platforms call them. This is to help listeners and music fans to discover new music. If you’ve got a good following already, getting your music onto a playlist is easier. But it feels a little like a catch-22 situation. You need music fans to get onto the playlist but you need the playlist to get the new music fans. Ugh! Right?
This article will help you achieve those dreams. Well, at least guide you in the right direction to get your music onto a playlist.
2. How do I Get my Songs on a Playlist?
You probably ask yourself all the time. ‘How to submit music to playlists?’. There are several steps you can take to get your new releases, experimental soundscapes, or your brother’s hip hop remix onto these streaming platforms.
Firstly, and this one is easy, get your music up on the streaming sites. Sign up to distributing sites like Tunecore, AWAL, or Sentric. For a fee, they’ll get your single, ep, or album onto all of the popular streaming platforms like Spotify or Amazon play. Once you’ve got yourself on there, get yourself verified. One of those infamous blue ticks. This allows you control of your artist account. Each streaming platform will have its methods to get verified.
Once you’ve got your music on there and you’re verified, it’s time for the hard work. Social media is your friend. Get good at it. Engage with everyone from music lovers to radio hosts. Don’t be intrusive and add value to your interactions. Build an audience on there and get them into your music.
Once you’re on the music streaming platforms, create your playlists based on your influences and favorite tunes. Even add tunes and artists that other folks have said you sound like—anything to draw your audience in. Once you’ve got these playlists ready, don’t forget to put your best tune or tunes interweaved within these playlists you create. You don’t want to miss that!
Use your best tune. Whether it’s got that middle eight hook, lyrical breakdown, or soundscape crescendo. Make sure it’s your best tune. You can talk to your friends, family, and other musicians. Or if you’re already signed up to Groover, you can ask one of the music industry professionals for their opinion on which is your stand-out track. Just another reason to get on the Groover train!
3. How to Submit your Music to Spotify Playlists?
Pitching to a playlist curator takes a little bit of luck. Getting your chosen track to the right person is a skill all musicians and artists wish they could possess.
Don’t just send a cold DM or email, it can be abrupt. It might work, but in my experience, the softly softly approach works. If they’re tweeting about something on social media and you feel you can add value, try it. Don’t be pushy or opinionated, it might put them off.
From personal experience I got my old band Blind Atlas played on Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 Country show. A real heavyweight in the country and americana genre. This was followed by a live session on his BBC 2 show. All by simply engaging on Twitter. We’d just recorded a Townes Van Zandt cover and video. Bob was chatting on Twitter about Townes Van Zandt one evening and there was me in. We managed to get our album to him while in London one day followed by our singles on his show. Ok, so that was luck, but I saw my chance and took it.
So get creative. Engage meaningfully on social (sometimes not even about music), invite them to a show if you’re playing their town or city, or attend panels where they’re talking. Getting a break in the music industry does take a bit of luck, but you can help increase your chances by making opportunities for yourself!
4. How do I submit a song to a Spotify playlist?
So now you’re thinking how can Groover help you submit your music to Spotify playlists? Well, Groover really can. Signing yourself or your band onto the Groover platform opens up hundreds of opportunities to get your music to a playlist curator or music professional.
They’re here to find new music in their specialized genre. Carefully selected by the Groover team, these music influencers and professionals can get your music onto Spotify playlists. Through either themselves or through their industry contacts. If they like your music
5. Contact Some Groover Playlist Curators
Once you’ve signed up to Groover, you’ll be able to contact some Groover playlist curators straight away. Through the Groover platform, you can explore and connect with a plethora of music industry influencers, experts, and mentors. Including playlist curators. Groover increases your luck to get your music to the right people.
So when you ask the question how can Groover help submit my music to playlists? Signing up for Groover would be a great start!
You can find a lot more tips and tricks on how to escalate your profile on Groover’s blog page.
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