Sunday, August 12, 2012

Find me on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon & RouteNote!


Yes, I'm available on Spotify now which has surprised some of my friends. You can do it too, by simply clicking here! I'll explain more in this post. Somehow it is easy to feel that it's a big step from playing in small venues, but anyone with original content can easily publish their music on Spotify.

"It's not a Fairytale" is one of my songs that I've uploaded to Spotify, and you can also listen to the music video on YouTube. 
How do you get music on Spotify?

For me, it was a matter of thinking big, of having the courage and visionary mindset, in order to get there.
I had a recording of a song that I was satisfied with and had already published some music online at ubetoo.com. More out of curiosity, I went to Spotify's website and looked up what it would take to get my music there. After looking around some, I found in small grey print at the bottom of the site a link named "Labels and Artists" where I continued to click on "Are you an unsigned artist that want your music on Spotify?", which lead me to the next link, "artist aggregators we work with".

Quite the treasure hunt so far, but not nearly over yet. Now I was faced with 13 different websites I could contact as an unsigned artist to get my music on Spotify. I went through the whole list and did some research. Most of them charged around $10 per song you wanted to get up there, but the last one on the list could do everything for free, leaving you 85% of the profits (after Spotify takes a cut) and giving you the option to at any time upgrade a song to 100% profit for around $10. This definitely seemed like the best deal to me and I had nothing to lose.

The site, RouteNote.com, also has an online store and gets my music on iTunes, Amazon and a couple of other places in addition to Spotify.

Even though I had come this far, I wasn't preparing to celebrate just yet. It's easy to find opportunities that seem really good, but there is always the possibility of further complications on the way. I started my account and started to upload a song, only to discover that it needed to be in a certain format (mp3, 44.1 kHz, minimum 192 kbps). My music wasn't in this exact format, and so I found a free software online that allowed me to convert my files into the required format, LameXP.

After uploading, it took some time until the music went live on Spotify, but after a month or so I was there. The path wasn't exactly simple, but it wasn't hard either. Success depends a lot on how great I was willing to think. Just that innocent curiosity, asking "What if I could have my music on Spotify?" and not having any expectations, was all it took. Sometimes when we grow up we learn about the restrictions of the world and we lose that inherent innocent knowing that anything we desire is possible to achieve.

Read more about how much money you can earn through RouteNote!

8 comments:

  1. Hey Patrik,

    Im really glad RouteNote could help you out. We are always trying to improve our speed to stores and Spotify is currently running at 1-2 weeks.

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    1. Yeah, I noticed that when I uploaded my second song it took less time before it went live on Spotify! You guys are doing a great job empowering unsigned musicians like myself :)

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  2. The links to your music don't work. They prompt you to download Spotify, even if it is already installed and running.

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  3. Thank you for letting me know. I've replaced the links so it should work better now!

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  4. You are awesome dude help me a lot, and i am following you on spotify now
    good luck with your career !!

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  5. Hey, how did you get a copyright for your songs?

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  6. Your composition is copyrighted automatically when the work is “created,” which the law defines as being “fixed” in a copy or a recording for the first time. The registration of your copyright is recommended, but not required.

    When you sign up with RouteNote, they do not infringe on your copyright. Many traditional record labels will require ownership of the music copyright when you sign up with them, but RouteNote does not do this.

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  7. So, registration is another story right? I mean, once you finish creating a song and is ready to go, it is already copyrighted? Is that what you mean? Registration is like signing up your song to a an entity so that they as a legal group can protect your songs?

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