GET TO THE BURNER (Phone) for your music, duh, not for any illegal activities.

Ok, strange post here, but follow ya boy.  You need stuff to make music, either equipment, recording, instruments, electricity, etc.  You need a smartphone for so many reasons, see Dumb Phone, for reference.

You need another phone to communicate with your fans.  You will have to download Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Music, Tiktok, Youtube, Deezer, and so on.  For a bunch of reasons, to test the artwork, test the app, see your page, enter data for your page, get instant links to share each piece of content or profile.

Having each app will allow you to test in the real world all these vessels for releasing content.  I would recommend downloading all the music apps and players, and put them in a folder on your phone. That was it is easy to pull up and switch between.

Also each app will allow you to generate a link to a specific song, your public profile, presaves and more.  On IOS (I use IOS, have several issues with it, but do not have Android or Samsung device, so I don’t have any experience with their software)there is usually an arrow, three dots . . . or sammich, to expand.  One of my favorite ways to disseminate content is to airdrop.  You will be able to transfer art from your phone to computer to tablet, and files, and so on.  With airdrop you can also send a pdf, sound, link, or most digital content to a whole bunch of people in a room or specific place.

When you are going for a run or whatever you can listen to your songs on each platform and make sure they load smoothly, play well, the artwork is clean and visuals are on point.  You will want to make sure each app is visually appealing and shows your best work.

There are many apps on IOS, android, or tablet that can help you on your musical journey.  I will have another FREEWARE APP Section, where I will put IOS apps that I find helpful to make content, edit, or otherwise deal with your artists.

And turn off the news on your device.  There are too many notifications, and distractions.  While you are working on a project turn off the wifi if possible so you can devote as much time as you need without constant buzzing about covid-19, my phone has literally sent me 3 notifications that something is happening in the news.

You don’t ever want to do illegal activities, or even activities that would violate the terms of service for each service.  What is allowed on one service may be not kosher on another.  Read the terms of service and understand them.  This is not legal advise, talk to an attorney in your state/ area today.

Plus this will usually hurt your music career.

There are also many video, photo, and other editor apps that you will want to have on your phone as well. We will discuss those later!

How to kill your music career; Have less than 100 subscribers on Youtube.com

Ok, I said it.  Having less than 100 subscribers on the powerful music website Youtube.com will hamper your music career.

(Ok, maybe it won’t kill it, but I needed a snazzy headline that attracts you to this article)

You see, once you obtain 100 followers, you are able to get a custom URL, a uniform resource locator.  So like Youtube.com/BillieEilish, or youtube.com/jayz, or whatever, you catch the drift.  Curiously, I was going to put youtube.com/nas however it is not the Nas you may think of Nasty Nas, who raps with a razor blade under his tongue, Nas the God’s Son, If he ruled the world and so on….  It is some guy apparently named “Nas” who was able to get 100 subs quicker than the Nas we all know and love.  This brings us to another point, check out my next article called “You can never be too social”

Without the URL that is customized by your liking, you are stuck with youtube.com/29458942858435438573948932823432948284932892857884928320342384 or something else that you and no on else will ever remember.

It can be difficult to get the 100 subs, and to remember what that allows you do to.  Speaking of which, I totally forgot about the URL, as well as have not done much to push the actual subscribers for my channel.

So, I would love to take the time to push my channel and click this link to check me out and subscribe.  I follow back, and comment back, just drop me a comment that you found me on Redundantmedia.com and I will get the message.  It is great to network with real people.

What kind of things would you see on my Youtube.com page?

  1.  How to set up midines with the Akai MPC 
  2. Sample Nintendo NDS chiptune sounds into Akai MPC
  3. Use an Ipad 2 as a controller for the Akai MPC
  4. How to replace RAM in an Akai MPC 4000

and MORE!!!!!!!

So there is a high incentive to get 100 subscribers on youtube.  There are a few ways to do this.

1.  Im sure you could pay for it on some of the shadier sites on the internet.  I doubt this would be a good idea for anyone, unless you needed it in a hurry, and didn’t care about any repercussions from Youtube, or losing money due to a scam.

2.  Produce great content.  By filming and producing great content, and helping people or entertaining them, you will have people naturally subscribe, because they enjoy the content.  It makes sense, if you watch a cool sewing channel, or beat making channel, and you enjoy the content, you will naturally subscribe.  For the only reason that you want to see more of that content, and it is easier to sub and get the good stuff from that channel.

3.  Join groups and channels on youtube.com, facebook.com, reddit.com and related.  There are many groups on Facebook.com for sub for sub, or Hip Hop Music, or Chicago Folk Music, or Munich Trap, or whatever.  In many of these places, members will sub to your channel if you subscribe.  I have a facebook group you can join for free located at Take Me To Music Town on facebook.com.  Join and say hello!

4.  Ask friends and family for support.  You can create an email template, messenger template, or other direct message template.  You can send to friends and family, and give your link.  Something like,

“Hey guys, you should really subscribe to my channel.  here is the link!  Thank for the support!”

You can remind your friends if they have a gmail account they have a youtube account, and they can log in, comment, and like your videos.  Since, they are there, they can also subscribe, and help you get to that magical number of 100!

I love QR codes, as they are an easy way to share a website or other important information. With newer iPhones, all you have to do is open the camera and it will put the link at the top and click!  So here is a QR code to go directly to my Youtube Channel:

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While I don’t condone stealing or thievery of any kind.  I think you should steal as many of my ideas as possible.  Meaning, make those QR codes to your posts, get an email list of supporters, get facebook, and check back here for more FREE tips to get your Music Career popping!

 

How do I get distribution to get my music on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and more?

The market has changed, but that doesn’t mean you are not going to be able to take advantage of “the streaming”. The sales of physical copies has definitely gone down, but streaming and merch has certainly gone up.

How do you make your music streamable?  Well first you have to make fire music. (Well, you don’t actually)  If you are reading this you probably already make fire music, or you are about to.

Next you will need to distribute your music.  Most of the distribution companies charge, often and well.  You can pay per project, yearly, by song, etc.  Then, you can add all sorts of options with each.

There are some free ways to do so, Soundcloud, Youtube, Amuse (I tried distributing a track but it got rejected).  There are also paid ways, CD Baby, Distrokid, tunecore.

I signed up with Distrokid, after looking at all the options.  Distro is the best deal in my opinion for me, and I went with their lowest tier $19.99 a year.  They do not charge for additional singles or albums, you can release an unlimited amount of tracks for the same $19.99 a year.

The other guys, have different rates and yada and it made more sense to use Distro.  Click my link to get 7% off your new plan, and they give me a small referral if you use my link (FULL DISCLOSURE).

I like the simplicity of the pricing, and the interface online.  They do not have an app as of this writing.

You submit the information on their website with your account.  You will need to use your full legal name, and have 1000 by 1000 photographs with each release (single) to submit your music.  This can get a tad annoying, with a mac you can use preview, and select 1000×1000 and save a new file and viola!

You can add different items ala cart for each track.  You can add a store maximizer, for $7.95, or leave a legacy fee of $29 per song, so if you die, and no one keeps your account active your song will stay there for ever…

Being independent is much easier when you can personally release your music on your terms.

The amazing thing is that I have received plays from my artists from Germany, Sweden, The Philippines, France, Turkey, and all over the USA.

The fact that you can release music today, at home, over the internet, and know that people will be streaming it on Spotify, IheartRadio, Deezer, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and other radio stations.

Distribution is the process of getting your music into the hands of the music streaming companies such as: SpotifyApple MusiciTunes, TikTok/Resso, Google Play/YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Napster, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Anghami, KKBox, NetEase (beta), MediaNet, Instagram/Facebook

But, how can you get people to listen?

Check back to read my next article!