About a year and a half ago, I wrote this blog post about why artists need to create podcasts. My main argument was that these days, one of the coolest ways to differentiate yourself from the crowd and market yourself is through podcasts. Especially if you’re an independent artist who’s just starting his/her career, you want to create content, establish credibility and make connections with people in your area, which podcasts allow you to do.
A few days ago I was at a Spotify event in Boston, titled “Music and Data”. Featuring three folks from the Spotify offices in Boston, the session outlined how Spotify uses data to customize and personalize the artist and listener experience in Spotify. There were three separate presentations, and all three were informative both from the artist side and listener angle. The highlight of the session was learning that Spotify has a superfan program, which I will get into detail, so keep reading!
Spotify is a platform that keeps unfolding with new features every day, every week and every month. It’s on a continuous evolution, and its unique features are getting the attention of other brands who want more engagement. According to an announcement on January 7th, Spotify will now allow brands to sponsor ‘Discover Weekly’ playlists.
A typical independent musician today will spend considerable time everyday to post on social media, text their superfans, writing emails and sharing emails. While our minds are constantly out in online, it is important that we do not forget about offline – the world out there! In this blog post, I will lay out 5 reasons why offline promotion still matters for your music.
One of the most engaging content you can use on your social media accounts are videos. Why do they keep people engaged? Simply put, they are shiny, they have music and they are colorful! As the grown up kids as we are, videos naturally grab our attention. Moreover we like to write comments to them, or give a little thumbs up or share it with our friends and family. Video is the ultimate way of reaching out to our fans as independent artist.
Last year, I wrote a post about the rise of playlists as a music release format. Just to recap from that post, I had two main arguments why releasing playlists instead of albums could be more beneficial. First, in the age of streaming, most people do not listen to every song on the album, and […]
If you’ve been following the music on popular Spotify playlists, you probably noticed your screen is playing more than audio: In fact, for a while now, Spotify has been testing videos in its most popular playlists. I’ve been seeing vertical lyric videos on Spotify, with lyric interpretation from Genius.com, or artist interviews and anecdotes. This is because Spotify is now actually pushing out a new mixed style format video for the songs on popular playlists. It’s almost like YouTube meets Spotify, meets Wikipedia meets Genius.com and it got me thinking a lot.