SoundCloud is the largest and most important online music community. They give independent artists the space they need for DIY music promotion. But they offer tons of other useful tools as well. Using them effectively will amplify your project and get SoundCloud plays from the SoundCloud followers that matter. This simple guide will get you educated on the most useful ones for growing your following. Hot Tip: Read our Music Promotion Guide for more tips on self promotion and getting your music heard.
It all helps. Stick to one main genre to keep things clear. The more concise and accurate your tags are, the more easily your music will get discovered by the listeners that wanna hear it most. Hot Tip: Tag and link to your collaborators SoundCloud in the track description.
Getting listens and likes is nice. Hot Tip: If you have a pro account you can change the button text to anything you want. Change it to Stream on Spotify and link to get some extra streaming juice. SoundCloud allows fans to comment on your waveform. Use the waveform comments to tell your fans and community about your process.
Be transparent about how you made your track. Ask for feedback and mention specific sections. Album art matters. Especially on SoundCloud. If you share your track to Facebook your album art goes there too. Your album art or track artwork represents your music no matter where it goes. Before anyone hits play the artwork attached to your track has to stand out. So make it count and choose something that represents your music and you.
Sharing a private link gives your music the personal touch and a sense of exclusivity that is great for reaching out to tastemakers. Just upload a track and set it to private. Save it and go to your profile. Your track is finally done. You worked long and hard on it. So you click share and sit back waiting for those plays. The track gets some nice buzz and people seem to be liking it! Or maybe you mastered it and you want the mastered version on your SoundCloud. With a Pro subscription on SoundCloud you can swap out the audio on any SoundCloud upload at any time.
Tweak your track based on the critiques and re-upload any time. Swap the audio and make sharing part of your production process. If you hear something, say something! You SoundCloud is a community. So support it by sharing other artists in your feed. Relationships that lead to gigs, collaborations and helpful partnerships.
All that good community stuff. So build the community you want to be a part of. Sharing your new tracks to your SoundCloud community is great. But why stop there? Put your tracks out into the world! You can also auto-post your tracks to all your social platforms automatically by linking your accounts. Just head over to your Account Settings to manage your Connections. Skip to primary navigation Skip to content.
Tag for success How can new fans find your music? Well, one of the best ways is to tag your music. The better your tags, the easier you are to find. Get your album art right Album art matters. Share tracks privately before your release SoundCloud lets you share private links to your tracks. Plus, you can reset the the private link at any time to make your private links time sensitive.
Publish your best Your track is finally done. But a couple days later you realize that your song needs a minor tweak… Maybe someone you admire commented and told you a hot tip on how to boost the bass.
And the best part? Maintain Your Motion SoundCloud is a tool. You have to use it right to make it work. So share lots, share often and share smart. You'll like that too.