SoundCloud is the largest and most important online music community. They revolutionized the way we understand online music distribution. This is why we are so excited to be able to offer the Connect with SoundCloud tool to the entire SoundCloud community. But they also offer many other tools. By using them effectively, you will increase your project and be listened to.
There are many. For this reason, I have put together this simple guide to educate you on the most useful tools to increase your following.
Here are eight tips for getting the most out of your SoundCloud.
Tagging For Success
- How do new fans find your music? Well, yes, one of the best ways is to tag your music.
- The tag makes you “discoverable” when a listener is doing a search on SoundCloud.
- The better the tags, the more easily you will be discovered.
- The best way to tag is, to be honest. If you’ve done a drum & bass track, set the main genre to Drum & Bass. Also, add moods and location to your tags. Everything helps.
- Associate the track with the main genre to keep things clear. Adding various genres will not make the track more visible.
- The more concise and precise your tags are, the more easily your music will be discovered by targeted listeners.
Tip: Add tags and links from your SoundCloud collaborators in the track description. Use an ‘@’ before their SoundCloud name to link their profile.
Tell A Story With Your Waveform
SoundCloud allows fans to comment on your waveform. But do you know who else should comment on it? YOURSELF! Use the waveform comments to communicate with your fans and the SoundCloud community about your creative process. Be transparent in relation to how you produced your track. Ask for feedback and mention specific sections.
For example, if you are unsure of a section of your track, comment on the waveform where the part begins. Something like, “I’m not sure about the bass here; let me know what you think.” This is the perfect way to get feedback from the community.
You don’t need to have completed a track to publish it. Advertise drafts, get feedback and make your music better.
The Graphics Are Important
The cover of your album or track represents your music, no matter where it ends. If the track is posted on a blog, the cover will be visible. If you share the track on Facebook, it will also be present there, so it is very important. Before anyone presses play, the cover associated with the track must stand out. Take this into account and choose something that represents you and your music.
For the best result, always use a JPG or PNG that is at least 800 x 800 pixels.
Graphics are a real reason to invest some money in your project. If you can’t create the image you want yourself, hire a designer or photographer that fits your budget.
Private Means Professional
SoundCloud allows you to share the links of your tracks privately. It is perfect for sharing unfinished songs with your collaborators, for sending demos to labels or blogs or for contacting other outlets such as radio stations, exclusively.
Tip: Sharing a private link gives your music a personal touch and a sense of exclusivity that is great for reaching tastemakers. It is very easy. Just upload a track and set it up in private mode. Save and go to your profile. Click on the song you want to share privately and hit the ‘share’ button under the waveform.
Get a private URL that’s unique for your track! You can also privately put a whole playlist if you want to share your new album in full. In addition, you can reset the private link at any time to make it public only in a certain period.
Publishing Is Only The First Step
Your track is finally over. You have worked long and hard on it. You are finally happy with how it sounds, and you think it is ready for the world. Click “share”, and you sit waiting to see the listenings go up. It’s a hit! The track gets good feedback, and people seem to like it! But a couple of days later you realize that your song needs a little tweaking …Maybe someone you admire commented and gave you advice on how to pump bass.
Or maybe you have mastered and want to upload the best version to SoundCloud. But if you remove it, you will lose all listening, “likes” and those important comments.
Change The Audio Track Without Losing Comments, “I Like It” And Plays
Do not worry. With a Pro subscription on SoundCloud, you can replace the audio of any upload uploaded at any time. And most importantly, you won’t miss all those plays, “likes” and comments from your fans. It is perfect for running unfinished songs in an attempt to get feedback. Adjust the song according to the criticisms and re-upload it at any time.
Pressing share doesn’t have to be the final step. Replace the audio and make it part of the production process.
Sharing Means Taking Care
Don’t just post your music. Re-post artists you like or songs and mixtapes you can’t stop listening to. Sharing music from other artists and helping the public to discover new music creates trust and credibility around you and is a truly humble action. If you hear something, say something!
Your SoundCloud is a community. So support it by sharing other artists in your feed. If you share the music of other artists, there is a greater chance that they will share yours! Re-posting the music of another artist is also a first step in creating a relationship. Relationships that lead to concerts, collaborations and useful partnerships.
To build a community, you want to be part of.
- Sharing your new tracks for your SoundCloud community is a bomb. But why stop here?
- Get your tracks out into the world!
- Run them on all promotion platforms, from Facebook to Twitter.
- Once you have uploaded a job, share it on all your platforms under the ‘Share’ tab.
- You can also automatically publish your songs on all social networks, linking your account to them. Just go to your account settings to manage your Connections.
- Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are all connectable for automatic sharing. Connect your accounts and get your tracks to all those ears!
SoundCloud is a tool. You have to use it the right way to make it work. These tips will help you get the most out of your SoundCloud and make it work for you, wherever you are sharing your music. So share a lot, share often and share intelligently.