SoundCloud is one of the most prominent and most influential online music communities out there. SoundCloud has changed the way online music distribution is perceived. They offer independent music artists the opportunity needed to showcase their DIY music promotion. They not only give room for music promotion, but they also offer different useful tools to enhance your music skills.
Knowing how to use these tools effectively will push your project and get SoundCloud to play your music to the most active followers. Here are 6 sure SoundCloud tips to bring your music to listeners and help increase your following.
1. Capture Fans With Your Waveform
How to do this you may ask? Well, SoundCloud offers followers the opportunity to comment on your waveform. This is where you make good use of the waveform to tell a story. You can talk about your music journey, the whole process, and everything.
Be open about your music process, get feedback and seek opinions about different parts of your music track. For example, you can start by saying something like: “Not feeling the bass on this particular track” here. “Let me know your thoughts” is the perfect way to get feedback from your community.
2. Tag for Success
The best and sure way for new fans to find your music on SoundCloud is to tag it.
Tagging your music makes it easy for fans to discover when surfing on SoundCloud.
For example, If you put together a drum and bass track, set your main genre to Drum and Bass, then add location and moods to your tags. Tips: Tag and link your collaborators in your music, tag them with their SoundCloud name on their profile for easy finding by listeners and cross-promotion.
3. Privately Share Your Tracks Before Release
One awesome feature about SoundCloud is that it allows you to share links privately on your tracks. This is a great way to share demos or exclusives to labels, blogs, radio stations, and unfinished tracks with collaborators.
Sharing a private link gives your music a unique touch and a sense of exclusivity that’s perfect for tastemakers. It’s as easy as sharing your pictures, just upload the track you want, set it to private, save and go to your profile. Click on the track and hit the share button on the waveform.
4. Add a ‘Buy’ Link
No matter how good an artist you are or how many likes and comments you get, it still won’t get you that success you are aiming for. Luckily SoundCloud allows you to add a ‘Buy’ link to your track by clicking on the Metadata as you upload. Make sure you add the right links along with the link, like buy on Beatport, Bandcamp, iTunes, Juno, and other platforms to sell music online. You will be amazed at how fans are ready to support your music.
5. Make Your Album Art Count
Your album art is as important as your music. Especially as you are getting it on SoundCloud. Album art is a representation of you, and your music no matter where it goes. Whenever a listener hits play, the artwork attached to your track comes alive, so it’s super important to get it right.
SoundCloud is a tool. Make sure to use it to your advantage. So go ahead and share your music smartly.
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