Updated: Jan 12, 2019
Many aspiring artists all over the world are looking for multiple ways to connect with as many people as possible with their music. Sites such as audiomack, reverbnation, soundcloud and bandcamp make it possible for everyone to have their music online but let's face it, most people don't listen to music on these sites.
Personally, I listen to everything on Apple music. Found Bastille's song "Oblivion" on there... anyway I got side tracked, back to the topic at hand.
The leading streaming sites in no particular order are: Tidal, Google Play, Apple Music and Spotify (hasn't made it to South Africa yet but has music universal). As an independent musician, you want to get your music on these platforms as easily and efficiently as possible in order to make it easy for your audience to listen as conveniently as possible. How?
Find an Digital Distribution Company that does it all for you!
My solution may seem extremely vague but I'm going to tell you who does it for me... DISTROKID!
Why do I use them? Here are some points
1. I pay once a year and I can upload as many tracks as I want.
2. They don't take a percentage off of what I get.
3. I'm able automatically split revenue between all people who contributed to the music. Payment splitting!
4. They send an email every step of the way which helps me tell my audience when it's live on their preferred platform.
5. The whole interface and process is impressively simple.
So how much does it cost? The lowest tier costs $20 per year but what I suggest is for you go for the $36 option. Why?
Because you are able to add two artists on this option. So you can split with another artist in your crew and it'll only cost $18.
You also get a lot of other features from this option such as daily sales stats, preorder dates and more. They also have an option for 5 members at $80 which will be $16 per person. For more details on their plans --> click here
Compared to the other companies out there that provide similar products, for me, Distrokid is a no brainer. BUT if you'd like to view your options, have a look at this in depth comparison done by Ari --> click here
Two things I'd like to add before I close up, it's fairly easy to get your music onto iTunes, Google Play etc. but that doesn't guarantee people will purchase it or even stream it. You have to market it in a manner that inspires them to buy or at least listen to it. I suggest you sell a story/experience and not your music.
Secondly, if you'd like a 7% discount on your distrokid subscription click on this link --> click here
Let's discuss something music related, hit me up via email firstname.lastname@example.org or let's connect on whatsapp.
Good luck and keep grinding!