Set Up Spotify for Artists
Making sure that your Spotify profile is up to date has to be high on your list of priorities before requesting editorial support. Having a fully optimised artist profile can help you to build the relationship between you and your fans but also shows editors that you’re actively using their service and looking to drive your fans to Spotify to listen to your music.
In order to manage your artist profile you will need to make sure that you’re registered for Spotify for Artists. Artists and managers can register for the service directly; access can then be delegated to other members of your team.
On Spotify there are a number of elements to your artist profile – you should be looking to have the following items set:
- Profile Image
- Banner Image
- Image Gallery
- Social Media Links
- Concert Listing
You can take things further by setting up artist playlists. This is your opportunity to share your music, your influences, your girls on decks playlist or even your break up playlist with the world. There’s no right or wrong way to set up an artist playlist, this is your space to be creative.
Finally, once you’re fully set up you can use your artist’s pick to promote a concert, playlist or music right at the top of your artist profile. In order to make sure your message is always fresh your artist’s pick will expire every 14 days. Don’t forget to set yourself a reminder to update it before it expires.
For more on optimising your artist profile, please check out The Game Plan, a series of videos produced by Spotify to help artists get the most out of the platform.
Set Up Apple Music for Artists
On Apple Music you’ll want to make sure that your artist profile has been claimed via Apple Music for Artists and that a profile image has been set.
Access to Apple Music for Artists is only available for managers and artists. Access can then be delegated to other members of the team.
Create Bespoke Release Artwork
Got an upcoming album or EP and releasing material in the build up?
Make sure that you’re creating release specific artwork rather than recycling your album artwork. This creates a better experience for your fans, allows you to build bespoke content for your release promo and shows platforms that you’re putting together a planned release strategy rather than just releasing your music to the world.
Produce a Streaming Edit
It’s no secret that track length plays an important role in determining whether or not your release will be supported within playlists with streaming platforms often preferring shorter mixes without long intros.
Editors access a range of listener data when deciding whether your track will fit into their playlist, including users’ skip rates. It’s crucial to consider that users or editors may be more likely to listen to your track in full without skipping if you give them the option of listening to a shorter edit.
We understand that as an artist you won’t want streaming services to shape your creativity, so why not switch your one-track single release to a two tracker? Open with what would have traditionally been called a ‘radio edit’ and follow it up a longer mix for your core fanbase.
Release a Clean Version
We’ve seen success for clean versions of tracks where platforms have been offered both an explicit and clean mix. Give your audience the option of which they listen to and open your music up to a whole world of clean playlists. Think parents on the school run.
Get Your Fans to Pre-save on Spotify
Absolute’s own Spotify Pre-save feature allows your fans to save your new music to their library or a playlist of their choice ahead of release. You can use this feature to boost your early stream count on your new release.
As a bonus our Pre-Save feature will also automatically add any fans who Pre-save your release as followers on your Spotify artist profile. Alongside a number of other metrics, the number of saves your track accumulates post-release can influence editors’ decisions on whether or not to include your track in popular playlists.
Create a Buzz
To pick up playlist support from streaming services you’ll need to demonstrate that fans are actively coming to the platforms to listen to your music. It’s now more important than ever before to have a solid release plan in order to maximise the activity around your new release.
DSPs are likely to review social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for proof that your fan-base is engaging with you. An engaged fanbase doesn’t necessarily mean you have thousands of followers. As an example, if 150 of your 500 fans have reacted to your latest post, this is great evidence of an engaged fanbase.
Make sure you encourage your fans on social media to follow you on their streaming service of choice so they can keep up to date with your latest releases.
Introducing yourself and your music to relevant blogs, websites and tastemakers can lead to features, interviews and most importantly, exposure to a wider audience. Securing press attention for your release can increase your chances of being included in coveted playlists, including ‘Fresh Finds’ on Spotify.
Fresh Finds playlists are compiled by Spotify analysing the streaming activity of tastemaker listeners whose listening habits are ‘ahead of the curve’ in terms of listening to music which later becomes popular. Fresh Finds playlists are compiled and updated every Wednesday.
Every Spotify user has their own Release Radar playlist – updated every Friday. When you release a new track, it will be included in the Release Radar playlists of your Spotify followers.
Every Monday Spotify create a unique Discover Weekly playlists for each user based on their listening habits and the activity of those with similar music tastes. Additionally Discover Weekly takes into account the artists each user follows and the music they are saving to their own playlists.
Digital marketing, radio, TV, press and having a solid live schedule will have a positive effect on your campaign. During your release week use Spotify for Artists, Apple Music for Artists and Absolute Project to keep a close eye on your numbers and tweak your campaigns as appropriate.
Submit Your Pitch
Before you submit your pitch you’ll need to make sure that your music has been delivered within our requested distribution service period. Once that’s done you can submit your pitch information directly into our system – speak to your label manager for more information about doing so.
We’ll then make sure all retailers and streaming services know about your new music. You can also submit your own pitch via Spotify for Artists at least 7 days ahead of release. Feel free to discuss what should go into your pitch with your label manager.