How To Get More Spotify Plays
These are easy tips and tricks to help you gain more streams on Spotify, gain new followers and get more plays. I have complied these from running over 7,000 campaigns via Playlist Push and working with thousands of artists of all genres of music over the past three years.
Desperate for those streams? I got you.
(1) Catalogue Consistency.Most artists sit on songs and only release several or in a lot of cases one record per year. On Spotify, it is in your benefit to get all of your songs onto the platform. Why? Because when you do have that one record that pops off potential listeners will be able to listen to other records/stream more of your music. For listeners, it’s very easy for someone to lose interest when you only have one song on the platform. Also, the more records you release the more chances you have to get on bigger playlists. Stick to the following formula:
(3) The shorter the better.
Are songs getting shorter? Some are, but mainly in the Hip Hop/Pop genres. If you are an instrumental artist, you don’t need to cut down a 6 minute masterpiece to 1:30. If you are a Hip Hop artist and still putting out songs that are over four minutes long you should rethink your process.
Additionally, for a Hip Hop artist the shorter the song the less writing and production, this enables you to crank out more songs. Examples of very short song would be Kodak Black — If I’m Lyin, I’m Flyin (2:10), Trippie Redd — Taking A Walk (2:01). The opposite would be the 12 minute song that starts off my Burning Man playlist, it makes sense and is a great intro track for the playlist. When it comes to song length, remember context and audience is key!
(4) Spotify for ArtistsSpotify for Artists GifThis one is by far the most UNDER UTILIZED tools that is FREE. I have seen artist with over 30,000 followers not submit their song to S4A. That is 30,000 Discover Weekly/Release Radar placements down the drain. Submitting your song 2 weeks prior to release is the most important box to check when releasing a new record on Spotify. Access Spotify for Artists
(5) Your distribution company is your best friendComplaining about your distributor on twitter, being an asshole over email is the quickest way to end up on the shitlist. Furthermore you will never gain access to the numerous marketing opportunities that come through DSP’s like Apple Music and Spotify. Services like Spotify are always reaching out to their network of distributors for certain types of songs for playlist placements or on platform marketing opportunities. Be nice to your distributor they are likely your greatest ally in the struggle to get heard!
(6) Use the “Splice” method.This one was pioneered by my friend and former artist manager Alex Mitchell-Hardt. The method is very simple.
Example of Kota the Friend using the Splice method.
(8) Cover art, Cover Art, COVER ART!Cover art, album covers whatever you want to call them were one of the biggest deciding factors of buying a new CD when I was a kid. Now it seems to be the most overlooked piece of a successful rollout. Intriguing artwork will not only draw in potential listeners you have a better shot of getting picked up by playlists. The better the artwork the more you look like an established artist.
(9) Forget about junk playlists.There are plenty of people out there running junk playlists, some are named after soundtracks which means it's mostly passive listeners. Even worse they are playlists with fake streams. When it comes to playlists keep the following in mind:
If you have a solid following on Twitter or Instagram, use these channels to not only notify your followers you dropped a new song but share playlists you have picked up along the way.
(11) Promotion.Do you take your music career seriously? If you do you need to consider Playlist Push. We have ran over 7,000 campaigns and have spent the past two years building our genre matching system to ensure your song is only going to the correct curators. Not only that setting up a campaign is as easy as the following.
I am a 27 year old Producer, Guitarist and creative from the South of England under the name VESSEL.
I have spent my entire life in music, many bands, many projects in many genres and never worked out where I wanted to be. I had no idea what to call myself, if I wanted to be an artist on my own beats or help others and essentially spent my entire life lost but with drive sending me in every direction. I felt like I had to fit into one box or no one would listen to my music if I didn't choose one place to be. I was sat waiting for someone to come "save me" and dreaming of that moment most amateur artists dream of when they receive a call saying they were being offered A record deal and didn't need to worry anymore.
Untill Jan this year when I had a realisation, the problem was not that that had not happened to me yet, it was that I was waiting around to be saved and be given everything I wanted on a plate. This was the first time I had ever truly realised this and upon seeing this, I saw that in this fantastic age we live in you do not need to be saved anymore, there are people left, right and center making something of themselves without record labels or any sort of deal. The truth of what was happening, was I was making excuses and living in a "Poor Me" State of mind. So I got off my ass and stopped making those excuses and started putting the work in.
The first thing that I stopped, was boxing myself up into a genre or style, in this modern day you can be anything you want, want to make a house song? Go nuts, want to sing Icelandic folk songs in a cave? Go for it. Suddenly I knew exactly what I needed to do and though I had been producing since I was 16, suddenly Direction, drive and Ambition all aligned at once.
It has only been 5 months but I went from having nothing, to finding and starting to build with 4 Artists, starting my beatstore and selling my first beat, along with slowly growing my fanbase, getting endorsed by a guitar company, guitar pick up company and getting remix opportunities with big local artists that is putting my name on the map to all local producers.
I draw influence from every genre imaginable as I make all genres, I recently sold a Choral piece I wrote for someone's yoga classes, my first beat I sold was trap, I am putting together 2 Mumbahton remixes, releasing 2 house songs and producing a Lofi EP, Pop EP and Lofi/Trap EP for other artists. All whilst playing in a Band, writing folk style and Neo Soul style songs for myself.
I am a Vessel for my own and others creativity, without limit and though I have not "made it" as of yet and still have to work a full time job as a cleaner, I know EXACTLY where I am headed and I am enjoying every second of it, whilst holding massive amounts of gratitude for the gift of having been able to see this opportunity in my life, I Give thanks for everyday I get to wake up and create and I am excited for the future when I will get to do it full time.
Frankie Zing, born Frankie Louis Zingaropoli, Jr., is an American recording artist from Staten Island, New York. Born in Brooklyn, Frankie and his family moved to Staten Island and then New Jersey in later years. Dedicated to the core fundamentals of hip-hop and lyricism, his passion for lyrics and storytelling stemmed from early influences such as Nas, Eminem, and DMX.
Frankie's first performance opportunity was offered after he released his single "Motivation" in high school which garnered him enough attention to be invited on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as an act. From there on, he began performing at several local venues in New Jersey such as The Brighton Bar, Gamechanger World, and even Seaside Beach. Frankie has always been proactive in his endeavors and has raised money for foundations such as S.A.D.D (Students Against Destructive Decisions).
In just one year, Frankie has gone from unknown artist, to writer for Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex, as well as songwriter for the Amber Rose starring comedy “What Happened Last Night?” soundtrack. The song “Who I Am” was a contender for the nomination of Best Original Song at the 89th Academy Awards. He has also garnered several acting roles including the murder re-enactment show Shadow of Doubt, MTV’s Ladylike, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Since he discovered a passion for music at age 7 and began songwriting, it‘s been his mission to create a successful career in music and hasn‘t looked back. Frankie‘s passion for success doesn‘t fall short of his motivation, as his music is used as a personal platform of expression.
Following his Staten Island childhood, Frankie continued to write and record his own music upon moving to New Jersey and California. Hip-hop was “a piece of home” that stuck with him into adulthood. His lyrical ability and deliverance paints vivid pictures of his early inspirations.
Travis Hanna (born March 9th, 1995), known musically by Cope Vega, is an American rapper and songwriter from Goshen, IN. His 8th musical project, The Remixtape, was released in September 2019 showcasing works from past musical projects (Project 5, Branches, and Pines, Palms, and Everything in Between) between 2016-2018, where he used alternative aliases such as Tre Thomas and L.O.X. He has worked with a variety of artists such as Ryan Bronson, TUC, Zethro, Kuoda The Kid, and Phil G. He has also opened for touring acts such as Katie Got Bandz, YFN Lucci, Do Or Die, Marco Polo, Twista, JR Donato, and Kap G.
Vega’s father was a tool sharpener for the RV industry and had various part time jobs, and his mother also had various jobs and eventually entered the profession of bookkeeping. At a young age he was influenced by music of all genres, hip-hop/rap especially playing a huge role after listening to the early works of Eminem. He adopted influence from acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, and Journey as well. But, the influence of hip-hop/rap artists such as Eminem, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, and Wiz Khalifa soon grabbed his undivided attention as he began high school in the late 2000’s. Vega began freestyle rapping at the age of 16 and soon began writing down lyrics on paper or in his phone as he developed his flow. By the age of 18, he had written over 100 songs, in which he showed some of his friends at the time. They told Vega they loved it and that he should record and release music.
2014-2017: Tre Thomas
Soon after, he began writing songs that would go on to piece together 6 musical projects under the alias of Tre Thomas, including: New Kid On The Block (2014), Midwest Bars (2014), 45 Days (2014), The Combine: 2k15 (2015), Project 5 (2016), and Branches (2016). Vega went on to open for notable acts such as YFN Lucci, Do Or Die, Marco Polo, Twista, and Taylor Gang’s JR Donato in 2017. During this time, although Vega didn’t work on creating new music, he saw the potential to make music a full time job and began researching the business aspect of the industry. In late 2017, Vega moved to California for a short period of time with his brother and a close friend.
In 2018, Vega released his 7th musical project, Pines, Palms, and Everything in Between, under the alias L.O.X. Shortly after, he moved back to his hometown of Goshen, IN.
2019: Cope Vega
Recently, Vega told fellow artist TUC that he is “starting with a clean slate”, and changed his name to Cope Vega after an epiphany that cleared his musical vision. He also stated in a recent twitter post that he is working on an album, and to be patient.
Out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Just graduated ,now making a bit of a different vibe of music with my boys. Started ceiling floors and we just dropped our first single. Currently working on a EP. influenced by Mac Miller, Lil peep, juice world and j cole. Really wanting to get out music out to the world for we provide a different sound and Just want our vibe to be heard. All love and hope everyone enjoys what we have to offer. Music has always been our first love and we want everyone to feel that way about ours. Lots of music on the way and have lots of music already posted on SoundCloud and will be on all major platforms soon so it will not be hard to access our music. I started making music at the age of 14 and have been doing it ever since. I started out doing strictly rap and now our music is a lot for of a alternative style of music but still heavy 808s and verses that are pretty much rap, we try to have good chorus that are catchy and stick in your head. Ceiling floors started as an idea and we finally got to work as we put money into legit equipment. Currently working on producing our own beats so every song we make is 100% ours. The music we have now the beats are collaborations with fellow local music makers in the Raleigh area. We are big on supporting local artists as we can use all the support we can get as well. We are also working on a brand and plan to drop merchandise soon. The brand is called “ Do Good “ for we feel that doing good can get you a long way in life, we want to promote just being a good person but still having fun with life as it’s a journey and good vibes and karma can go along way if you make the right choices. Positivity is key in today world and if you can’t find peace and positivity life can be tough. We want to show the world what ceiling Floors is all about and we are excited to let everyone know. We hope everyone catches our vibe and enjoys it. As said before lots of music, videos and content will be on the way. Album on the way
I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I released my 1st single title, " I Pray" in July of 2019. I am currently working on an EP titled Pain To Paper to depict things that I am holding on to which should be let go. I am emerged in the new generation of hiphop/rap. I can say my influence comes from the current climate. I am an individual who has always been creative, but never tapped into that side. Having free time on summer break after my first year in graduate school at Buffalo State College sparked me to write my 1st song. I was up one day at 4:30 am and couldnt sleep. I went on youtube then typed in instrumental and clicked the first one. At that very moment I began to write. Since I am an experienced writer amd poet the lyric came easy. I stood up and said to myself , " Vic tell your story". After writing the lyrics on post it note I then sat down at my laptop and began to recite them. At this point I was beyond ecstatic. I wrote all my friends and said Yo I just wrote a song. Lacking knowledge and not knowing where to go to next I started doing research and asking for help. Lack of responses lead me to look up the answers myself. I started studying song structure , what. A hook and bridge was. I then started to structure my song lyrics based on what I research. The process consisted of many trial and error attempts . When I felt comfortable with the final song structure I then started to recite it more with the instrumental playing. I was still learning more about music at this point so I started playing around with different beats , flows amd speed. I became stuck between two beats. After asking opinions of my friends I made the final decision. I hit the whats next stage. I decided I trusted myself and talent enough to get it recorded and produced . The search for studios began. During this journey I had help from a friend at an at home studio. This practice helped me determined my sound , comfort level , and flow. It was a fun journey to being entering a world I never knew Id be in.
This is a lyric excerpt: "I am hip hopping some Joplin copping the chronic often lost years prophet equals 27 on it and like minus millions off it, got it? this is a text freestyle of the exhausted lost-it problem kid".
I made this newest album, Portals of the Yin LP, on Dirt Hut Studios, meaning my room in a basement. I have bipolar and I'm the sickest rapper with Saskatoon roots. I possess an ethereal, spacious perspective and spit with a seemingly hazy flow, or so it's been described as being. I don't have many views, but I have many fans in the city I live, namely and mainly for addictions and overly reflexive manic episodes. Bipolar disorder increases my propensity to act foolishly at times, sometimes involving sketchy decision-making, but always involving lots of fun. I love hip hop. It gives me something to focus on. To improve upon. To challenge. And even just to be a fan, and a performer. I've done small gigs at EWC which is a local writer's collective, as well as coffeehouses and humble single performances. I seek to go bigger. Better. I seek to evolve and adapt to become ever-better in world that could use steady ascension. If not to break the stereotypes of illness and addiction, but to prove to myself there is something bigger at play here. The universe urges us to seek to see cosmic alignment, so imagine big and take home a steak even bigger.
However, I don't mind being serious too, and I find myself in deep reflection the most when I'm in the so-called equilibrium of reflex and reception. When I'm mirrored by observation through analysis and mindfulness of projection's existence as ego is strengthened only to dissolve into a mist of rap adventure and discovery, I never feel nor have felt more at peace. See what I mean? I love getting lost in the labyrinth. I thrive on it, to be precise. And to be honest.
Does this qualify as poorly written? I've had people tell me I'm a good writer. I'm trying to make the world a more positive place. We are told what not to do based on esoteric laws that neither fit nor bend upon bending, merely breaking as we're left with the only solution offered to us: Spend money on junk we don't need. My music is what the world needs, to be egotistical for a moment. I play piano, be it improvisation or original compositions. Yes: I also play sheet music and books.
I'm giving what I'm taking and taking more to give more to you and myself. Speedsound Records, Dirt Hut Studios and Beyond the Cave Records were very generous. Probably because those latter 2 are my alter ego record labels. All my albums have been done in a room in my currently hospitable dwelling location for sleeping and recording. Day in day out, soundproofing faithfully as i record whilst pulling all-night escapades for editing and writing. I recorded my new album 'Portals of the Yin LP' on a Blue Snowball usb microphone. I've been using audacity as a digital audio workstation, though I'm saving up for reaper. Hunting vst plugins to edit the music as i went along, I now have 120 freeware vst plugins to edit, mix and master. Mastered the art of the master I have not. But patience is the ultimate key to most puzzles. Even though i know audacity is considered sub-par by some, it has served me well and it's status as free is awesome. I hope to learn and grow as I sow seeds to know so I can sing, rap, be and see a pro.
Truth Forest and Illusion Forest were recorded on the built-in microphone of my laptop. It is safe to say equalization and brighteners played a role in editing my earlier work. All albums are available at pluralithic.bandcamp.com for digital download and many places that can be found if you can spell my name. I know you can. Who do I think I am, to suggest that you can't? I have faith in you. Just type in Pluralithic on youtube and I'll show up: I invented the word, there are no others. Derek Paul Paul Boo-boo Alonzo Dikembe Schmidt is my childhood name, innate identity of course being a ghost bear. D-smooth was my rapping name in high school, before I was dropping releases, I spent a decade smoking weed and freestyling with friends. If you pay attention to the steps as you make them, hip hop ends up being my, and hopefully your, creative heaven. Be it rapping or listening, artwork or street hustle. As you can tell, I'm well-versed with Krs-one, one of my biggest inspirations. Him, alongside Brother Ali, Vinnie Paz, and Aesop Rock. There are too many to name all of them. The underground is full of amazing talent. What a genre in which we do live. In a hip hop world the rich reach a hand to give a hand to those who need to know the system's broken but there's hope. Health is achievable. And curiosity is unteachable. The highest peak, to me, is unreachable. To foster a tangent, the interplay between the producer's intention and the rhymer's vulnerability flexed with power as force only applied when the streets need to hear it. So here it is. My name is Pluralithic and hip-hop is my business. Come for a visit. The experience is priceless. Hence, I just hope the quality is to your liking! Don't forget to listen. Thank you for your time. All the best.
For the most part I’ve always loved music all my life, once I got to school I started learning the logistics of music like the recording and producing part of it. I started gaining access to the studio and I would record myself sometimes. That’s how I started to develop a different respect for artist because I realized how much of a art it was. I started appreciating my music Alor more and decided to go to a actual studio and work with a producer, before that I been free styling most of my life. This only led me to decide that it was time to take it to the next level and record a project. I dropped my first mixtape on all platforms may 31 & since then I been working with local artist in my city. My major influences are people like meek mill, lil baby, & Young dolph. They all influence me because they all are humble dudes who also are not overnight success they grinded their way in the music industry. Right now I’m working on my next project & I feel like it’s dope I just want it to be heard. A few days ago I dropped a EP which featured a artist in my city name Roddy rackzz. That song has been picking up a lot of attention in the city. In order for me to become a bigger artist I feel like the promotion has to be a huge roll in that because without it the work that I put in won’t get heard. My vision is to just get my music Out There and give it a opportunity to be heard and get some feedback on everything. Regardless of what the numbers are I will continue to do music because I genuinely love it & It makes me happy. I don’t really Have To Much guidance in the industry but I Just network & I’ve even sold a couple hundred copies of my first mixtape. I’m just learning new things day to day and what I Love the most is that without any co-signs or any help my music has still done well and I been receiving really good feedback. This is why I’m motivated and looking for new ways to expand my brand. Right now I’m fresh in the business and willing to learn as much as I could to gain more knowledge on taking my talents to another level. With this being said I understand it’s a process and I will continue to do my part which is create dope music.
Dat Boy Live
Dat Boy Live or A.j Parks is a Houston, Texas based rapper with Southern Louisiana ties and California blood line which gives him a unique style and separates him from others. Most of his family resides in Baton Rouge Louisiana giving him a cajun style just from the constant environment. However, he is quickly to shout out Houston, Texas being that's where he went to school and is his true home. The culture is all in his veins with ties from 5th ward and graduating from east Houston's Channelview High School. After losing his father at a young age and other life changing experiences made him the artist he has become today. He often does not follow trends and likes to go in his own direction. He avoids liking what most others like just to be different. The first project in development is called Living 4 a Reason which has been a motto that I have always lived by. Wanting the world to know that there is a purpose to life and that life can be exactly what you make it to be. In order to show the full authenticity of himself he only used three other collaborators on this project and they are his own flesh and blood. Major influences consists of Skooly, Plies, Jeezy, 50 cent, Chamillionaire, and Webbie. As said before he likes to be unique so these influences may not be top 10 to other artist but they are definitely relatable to Dat Boy Live. The time is here for Dat Boy Live to be heard he is a next generation artist with and old school feel so his sound will blend well with present hip hop. Being diverse is a huge part of his sound and he will be heard through several genres. The opportunity is here and he will not hesitate to take the driver seat and run far beyond any artist who may be standing in his way. Living 4 a Reason the mixtape will be a must hear and pretty soon the phones will be ringing off the hook to sign Dat Boy Live. His name Dat Boy Live was created by himself. Live as in Filming Live is just something he has lived by something at a young age. Realizing everyday is Live Tv taking place and its up to the individual to decide what type of movie do you want to be the star in. Situations occur in everyday life and some people are defined by these moments that take place. I have decided to describe these life stories through lyrics and beats while painting the picture of the outcomes. My book is still being written and Living 4 a Reason is the first chapter.
Wassup guys ! I’m artist that goes by #Ownwave von . I’ve worked with lots of local artist also larger artist like zayion McCall (juju on the beat) and aspect zavi (famous YouTuber) as of now I’m working as a solo artist trying to find my own way my own wave and sound not too many musical influences I just love making music I’m diverse at its best with telling my story in my music and I need a good push to show the world my potiential. I was raised in Detroit Michigan but Detroit didn’t raise me i put my heart in my music so hopefully it touch yours. I create my own sound inside of my own home no major studios no promo deals I’m 100% independent my first song ever released was early 2015 with my good friend zayionmccall called champions .went on and wrote songs for him and zayhilfiger but they didn’t reach the light 1 in specific call roc with with me another called no time and break me which I actually ft on. I work hard everyday and currently working on a project called beast mode which will be released oct 12 2019 but as of now I’m still promoting and pushing my released singles that have potential to pull more than they have ..it’s not all about the money for me it’s the dream the , the love , the idea , if I stay dedicated the money will come ,I want to build a fan base of different types,different likes ,different ethnicities but I feel there is no limit to what I can do I send different vibrations different emotions to connect with my audiences children, adults, teenagers etc, being heard is the hardest thing there is to do in this music industry and I won’t go down being known as being a person to get his views from fake streams all my audience is 100% real people it may not be a lot but they aren’t bought these are actual relationships I build with people I would like for you guys to LIKE ,comment ,subscribe to my YouTube Channel .LOVE IT LIKE IT HATE I STILL APPRECIATE YOUR TIME ANYWAYS, thank you OWNWAVE (check out) well,well,well, reap what they wrote , tell me this, for me , own lane, who got me , roll, cause,venting session, let em know , problem and more to come I release weekly and my music is surfaced on different channels thank you and Appreciate you
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