The Artist's Guide To Spotify: Playlists, Royalties, Verified Profiles and more

The Artist’s Guide To Spotify: Playlists, Royalties, Verified Profiles and more

Budi Voogt
July 24th, 2017

In June 2015, the service reported 75 million active users, of which 20 million on a paid plan (that’s over 25%). Recently, their chief revenue officer shared that they were on track to hit the 100 million active user mark before the end of 2015. Consumers have adopted the Swedish service en masse, with Scandinavian countries leading the way, followed by the rest … Read More

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Insight into SoundCloud Premier: Monetization, Ads and Visual Profiles.

Insight into SoundCloud Premier: Monetization, Ads and Visual Profiles.

Budi Voogt
February 27th, 2017

It signified the first steps towards monetizing content on the platform, for which a new invite-only account type was introduced: Premier. Besides monetization, these accounts offer a variety of exclusive features such as visual banners, special artwork on tracks and the ability to geographically restrict content. In early April, the platform reported having brought on over 100 of these invite-only … Read More

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Supercharge Your Soundcloud Account: Simple Tips To Accelerate Growth

Supercharge Your Soundcloud Account: Simple Tips To Accelerate Growth

Budi Voogt
February 27th, 2017

In December 2014 the company reported 175 million unique listeners per month using their service. Next Big Sound reportedly tracked a total of 2.4 billion users on the platform in it’s lifetime. The platform has become the go-to for consumption of mostly electronic music, DJ mixes, podcasts and niche dance releases. Because of their grey-area copyright policy, it’s also one … Read More

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30 YouTube Music Promotion Channels (That Decide What Goes Viral)

30 YouTube Music Promotion Channels (That Decide What Goes Viral)

Budi Voogt
September 1st, 2017

I was thinking about what marketing efforts got our music the most exposure. The answer was clear: YouTube Music Promotion Channels. Also known as YouTube promoters, promo channels, music promo channels, broadcasters, YouTube blogs and a variety of other names. To some this may be a familiar topic, to many it won’t be. One thing is for sure though – … Read More

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This post was written for and originally published at DigitalMusicNews. Read it here. Anyone that’s serious about marketing music has noticed that Soundcloud has changed. Just over a year ago they introduced their brand new user interface to the public, still largely in beta mode. It introduced a few new features whilst adapting or removing older ones. At first everybody … Read More

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Musicians: Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro

Musicians: Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro

Budi Voogt
February 27th, 2017

I‘ve written this post for ReverbNation, who are publishing it as a four part series. One part going live each week. For the past three years I have worked with multiple artists, and observed the following: artists tend to be disorganized. We can probably all agree on that, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. But, it sure is a … Read More

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Untapped Potential: Alternative Income Streams for Musicians

Untapped Potential: Alternative Income Streams for Musicians

Budi Voogt
February 27th, 2017

This post went live over at my friends at Dottedmusic. Read it here. Making a living from art, it’s what every musician wants. A difficult task, that often takes a long time. Becoming successful in the music industry is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s often said that an artist needs about a thousand true fans in order to make … Read More

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Get fans by giving away free content

Get fans by giving away free content

Budi Voogt
February 27th, 2017

This post was originally published by my friends over at The Unsigned Guide. Check it out here. With the recent changes in the music industry, digital is quickly overtaking physical. Downloads are the future, and particularly free downloads are more common than ever. It’s what gets the fans going, and makes the bloggers happy. Free content is trending. Now that … Read More

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How To Score Your First Show

How To Score Your First Shows

Budi Voogt
February 27th, 2017

As a starting musician, scoring your first shows to play can seem like a daunting task. This holds true for both bands and DJ/Producers. Luckily, in practice, it isn’t all that difficult. You just need to know the right approaches, and have the persistence to keep at it until you strike gold. As an artist manager and booker, I’m going … Read More

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Winning at YouTube: The Power of Music Promotion Channels

Winning at YouTube: The Power of Music Promotion Channels

Budi Voogt
June 12th, 2017

This post was first published by my friends over at DJ Tech Tools. A new trend is rising in the electronic dance music (EDM) scene. I’m sure that you’ve seen them on YouTube and Soundcloud. Channels that consistently upload curated new music, often with a signature visual style. Some use audio responsive 3d animations, others use photographs of beautiful landscapes … Read More

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