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Coming from Citizen Disguise’s debut EP ‘Plume’, ‘Ash and Rain’ is filled with a deep and rich synth sound. This, partnered with the shredding of electric guitar and crash of symbols, creates a track that is truly multi-dimensional.
By listening to this track, you slowly become immersed in the complex layering of sounds and ‘trippy’ distortion. These complex layers really emphasise the echoes of the electric guitar and harsh attack of drums throughout the track. Alongside the distinct synth effect, the drums become the perfect contrasting yet complimentary aspect the track needs. This element really helps build the track to a crescendo, where all of the layers come together in perfect harmony.
CItizen Disguise "Ash And Rain" - YouTube
‘Ash and Rain’ is definitely a stand-alone instrumental track due to its utter complexity and array of rich sounds and effects. To try and pair lyrics with a track like this would be impossible, as the raw effect of the instruments convey to the listener exactly what the track is all about. It’s definitely a track that would set the scene and atmosphere for a major acid trip during an indie short film or dark television series. The hallucinogenic synth and layering can be experienced in its truly rawest form, through a pair of headphones, during the silence and stillness of midnight.
Overall, ‘Ash and Rain’ is a ‘trippy’ track perfect for letting your over-active thoughts go.
Coming from Citizen Disguise’s debut EP ‘Plume’, ‘Ash and Rain’ is filled with a deep and rich synth sound. This, partnered with the shredding of electric guitar and crash of symbols, creates a track that is truly multi-dimensional. By listening to this track, you slowly become immersed in the complex layering of sounds and ‘trippy’ distortion. These complex layers really emphasise the echoes of the electric guitar, and harsh attack of drums throughout the track. Alongside the distinct synth effect, the drums become the perfect contrasting yet complimentary aspect the track needs. This element really helps build the track to a crescendo, where all of the layers come together in perfect harmony. ‘Ash and Rain’ is definitely a stand-alone instrumental track due to its utter complexity and array of rich sounds and effects. To try and pair lyrics with a track like this would be impossible, as the raw effect of the instruments convey to the listener exactly what the track is all about. It’s definitely a track that would set the scene and atmosphere for a major acid trip during an indie short film or dark television series. The hallucinogenic synth and layering can be experienced in its truly rawest form, through a pair of headphones, during the silence and stillness of midnight. Overall, ‘Ash and Rain’ is a ‘trippy’ track perfect for letting your over-active thoughts go.
Behold, summer is upon us. It has come via Luego’s new single, Desert Rose. The North Carolina-based band of friends released their newest single on January 10 amid the doldrums of winter.
At its heart, Desert Rose is a post-apocalyptic relationship song, celebrating a change in one’s status and freeing oneself from a toxic, codependent lifestyle. Desert Rose does just that, and it presents itself with a summertime, island-paradise, luau-style buzz. Syncopated rhythms and arpeggiated acoustic guitar lines help transport the listener to warmer weather, sunsets and getaway beaches.
Musically speaking, Desert Rose properly borrows from the 70s greats. There’s hints of those pesky 4 guys from Liverpool, early Fleetwood Mac elements and even ABBA (there I said it, but the good ABBA, the Sitting In The Palmtree type stuff!) I fell immediately in love with the Harrison/Buckingham guitar solo on this track; the tone, note choice, placement in the mix, it’s all there.
All comparisons aside, Desert Rose is ear candy for its listeners. The harmonies are expertly chosen and performed, there’s great percussive elements tucked in the track, piano is dry and punchy and not overstated, it’s a win-win for all involved. Early entry for summer 2019 soundtracks!
Have you ever wondered why one artist has thousands of plays and you only get a dozen or so a month? When you want to be more successful on Spotify, getting your music featured on Spotify playlists is really important. But how do you find all those playlists? How do you contact playlist curators? How do you know which playlists end up adding you? These are all important questions that we’ll answer in this article. Including a massive list of 53 Spotify playlists and curators, so submit to Spotify playlists right now!
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If you haven’t already, join Spotify for Artists. You used to have 250 or more followers in order to get verified but Spotify has made it easier. When you’re verified, you are in control of your profile on Spotify and you’re able to add and update your image, feature tracks and playlists you’re into right now.
Set up profile
After you received the good news of being verified, add a profile image. Start networking and gain more followers. Why more followers? Because, for example, every Friday Spotify releases a new Release Radar with up to two hours of new releases from artists they follow and listen to. As more people start listening to your music, you’re also more likely to appear in Discover Weekly. When listeners like your music, they will add it to their personal favourites and saves and Spotify uses this information to learn more about listening habits and provide other listeners with music they think they will like.
Create playlists yourself
Now you’re verified and have set up the basics of your profile, it’s time to take it to the next level. Firstly, create a playlist containing all of your releases. For example BAND NAME // RELEASES // GENRE. Secondly, create a playlist with your biggest influences and tracks by emerging artists and include a track or two from yourself as well. Set this playlist as ‘Artist Pick’ via Spotify for Artists’ control panel. Promote this playlist on social media as well and tag the artists on it. Last but not least create a collaborative playlist to collaborate and team up with fans and other bands. Collaborative playlists are a great way of driving more traffic to your profile and tracks. Of course, use your network and social media accounts to promote your playlists. When people add tracks to your collaborative playlist(s), do actually listen to these tracks. If you like other people’s tracks, let them know!
How to find and approach Spotify Curators
There are over 2 billion playlists on Spotify. With that, as we mentioned before, it’s important to get your music on as many of them as you can find. You might think that it’s imperative to get your latest release on big Spotify curated playlists. But there are so many more large playlists that are easier to contact. Besides big industry curated playlists by Topsify (Warner), Filt (Sony) and Digster (Warner), there are many playlists to find curated by blogs and people like you and me, just because they like music. But how do you find these playlists?
Spotify and Facebook
Many curators have connected their Spotify account to Facebook. That way it’s easy to contact these curators. First, think of all the playlist (titles) that would want your music. For example, if you have just released a new track search for ‘New Music’ or ‘New Songs’. Click ‘Playlists’ and find the ones you like. Listen to (or skip through) a couple of tracks to see if your music matches the curator’s taste. If you have found a playlist you think would add you, try to find contact information. Sometimes a curator adds contact information in the description, but more often than not you have to try a bit harder. Click on the curator’s name and check the profile picture. Now go to Facebook and type in the exact same name. Most of the time their Facebook profile shows the same picture as the curator’s on Spotify and you know you have the correct one. We will go into more detail on the next step – Pitch your music – later.
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I’m really glad Spotify reintroduced the ‘Discovered on …’ function again and even included playlists with less than 25 listeners. You can check similar artists’ profile and check which playlists (top 5) they’re on. I also strongly suggest using SpotOnTrack. Besides checking which playlists include your music, it’s a great tool to discover new playlists. To do so, think of an artist that is similar to you. After you have found the artist you are were looking for, Check a few tracks to see which playlists it’s on’.
Discover what the world is listening to.
There may be hundreds of playlists featuring the artist, or a dozen, depending on the artist. Also browse through the ‘previously in’ section, as there might be some good playlists there as well. Pick a playlist and check when it was last updated, as playlists that have been updated 4 years ago won’t be taking your submission (in most cases). When you want to give it a go, right-click the ‘Go to Spotify’ green bar.
Select copy and paste in your Spotify desktop app. Try to locate the curator, see if he or she takes submissions and proceed according to what we’ve discussed in 2.1.
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After you have located the curator’s contact details, proceed with caution. Prior to making contact, follow the playlist, play a few tracks and start your conversation with the curator by telling what you think of the playlist. Start with a friendly relationship and tell about your project in a few lines and suggest it for their playlist. Why does the curator want you on the playlist? Be patient and make sure you aren’t too pushy. Begging or demanding won’t get you anywhere.
Keep track of your submissions
Keep track of the playlists you’ve found and curator’s you’ve contacted. It’s best to use an Excel sheet. We’ve created one for you to use. Click the link below the image to download.
Start entering all the playlists you’ve found, along with contact information. If you have been able to make contact with a curator, enter how you made contact and if you had any luck and was added to the playlist. Ps. If you’re contacting blogs for reviews or features, use the same sheet and alter it a bit to your liking.
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Your music was added to a lot of playlists and your streams have increased? Great! Estimate your earnings with this ‘Streaming Royalty Calculator’.
Submit to official Spotify playlists
Spotify has introduced an awesome new feature, giving artists and labels an opportunity to submit unreleased music directly to Spotify’s editorial team for playlist consideration. Why this is awesome? Because you now have a bigger chance of getting featured on many official New Music playlists. Link to Spotify’s announcement post.
How it works:
Simply log into your Spotify for Artists account or, if you work at a label, head over to Spotify Analytics. There, you’ll have the option of selecting one unreleased song for playlist consideration and submitting it to our team. It’s important to give us as much information about the track as possible — genre, mood, and other data points all help us make decisions about where it may fit. You can note the instruments on it, whether it’s a cover, and the cultures you or the song belong to. The data you share will be complemented by what we already know about you — what else your fans listen to, what other playlists you’ve appeared on, etc.
Spotify curates many playlists, not every playlist is as big as New Music Friday but still, a great way to gain new (potential) fans! Almost every country in the world has an official New Music Spotify playlist and the better your track performs there, the better your chances of moving up Spotify’s ladder. The fewer people skip your track in a playlist, the higher your track is ranked. That’s another reason to submit to playlists suitable for your niche. Expect people to skip your Alternative Rock track on a (mostly) Hip Hop orientated playlist. Now, let’s take a look at this list of playlists we’ve collected below.
Spotify playlist curators who accept submissions right now
Below you’ll find a massive list of Spotify playlists, including ways to contact them. We’ll update this Spotify playlist directory regularly. Click the links, submit, use the Excel sheet to know how and when you submitted and us Spotify for Artists or SpotOnTrack to see whether you’ve been added! Were you added to a playlist? Be nice to the curator, other artists and yourself and share the playlist on social media!
Golden Rain, the latest single from Brussels outfit, Bosum promises and actually makes good on its promise: pain relieved! The hollow and haunting single released in December of 2018 quickly goes to work on your psyche. It’s transportive and mood-altering, enhancing in my case. Bosum makes you wish you were out-of-doors. With their textural elements, ethereal harmonies, reverb-soaked guitar, and airy delivery, Bosum has created a 3-minute jaunt into nature, wherever you may be listening.
Golden Rain, by arrangement, is circular, it’s the sort of track that can be on repeat for 3 times before you realize it. It’s a bolt of beautiful fabric that never ends as it’s unfolded; the pattern stays true.
Bosum’s production value is spot on, the track is headphone gold and explores all areas of the mix. Grandiose cymbal crashes and guitar volume swells lay the groundwork for an honest vocal delivery. No bells and whistles, just the truth – so refreshing.
Golden Rain is a track worthy of your Sunday morning playlists, your brunch playlists that are never updated because you always have a swimmy head the morning after. Well, add this track now, you’ll thank yourself later.
London’s Evil Edna releases a new single just before the closing bell of 2018 and it’s not to be missed. Isle of Dogs wastes no time getting its cantankerous, boot stomping, anxiety-driven self, right in front of your wet nose. The track, which successfully melds punk and hootenanny is delivered to you from immediately apparent Londoners, but under the guise of Americana, Rockabilly and Chicken N’ Waffles.
Isle of Dogs captures the disobedience of youth, but also has the musicality and delivery of a fine, Broadway musical number, Murray Head kind of stuff. The writing and lyrics demand a more discriminate ear than your usual punk aficionado; Evil Edna shows a prowess for song structure and poetic prose amid its angst and mayhem .
The chord section through the bridge is a creative piece in itself. No gratuitous soloing, rather a slick build of uneasy, crumbling chords. Bratty guitar tones, warm hollow body tremolo swells and Monty Python vocals persist. You’ll also be quick to discover that Evil Edna sold its soul to the harmonica devil. No, not the big guy from the 90’s, not the blind guy from the 70s and 80s, rather the Paul Butterfield one. The kind of harp where tone is of the upmost importance. The kind where it’s just not wailing away into someone’s vocal mic. Edna’s harmonica parts add rhythm and color to the track, warmness, spring reverb, not shock and awe.
Evil Edna’s, Isle of Dogs is available wherever they sell fried chicken and mini statues of Big Ben. Thumbs up to this track and a few others I found (Full Pelt)! Might convert Southern Culture fans or even appeal to some Cake fans too – Red Velvet!
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Watch out world here comes the young and vibrant Vaeda Black, seventeen-year-old soul singer based out of Long Island, New York. This master songwriter, just a senior in High School, will be climbing the charts in no time. I am a lover of all music and after hearing her latest single “Suicide Love” I have a new love for exploring music outside my realm. Vaeda is able to tap into her songwriting gracefully, lyrically, sonically, and visually.
At just 7 years old she knew she was destined to be a great songwriter. Those years in musical theatre built the frame of where she is today. Vaeda reminds me of Alanis Morissette, a soulful rugged voice with fun meaning and the ability to make you fall in love with soulful pop.
It takes courage to be yourself and express yourself in such a way Black has done. She is showing the world what the next generation has to offer. Black will teach us to embrace our creativity and inner youth. It doesn’t have to be such a hard place. Vaeda’s music will send you in a Zen of relaxation along with the spice that you need to enjoy life.
With the release of her single, ‘Suicide Love” released on October 10th of 2018 she is definitely making a statement. I had a chance to check out her youtube and quickly fell in love with “Face Down” a song that was released a year ago. Here is a taste of what Vaeda has to offer.
Vaeda Black - Face Down (Official) - YouTube
Be sure to check out “Suicide Love”
Vaeda Black - Suicide Love (Official) - YouTube
I truly enjoyed her music and at such a young age she is definitely headed down the right path. Be sure to check out Vadea at all her Social Media handles and be sure to let her know that For The Love Of Bands sent you.
Listening and discovering new artists is one of the great parts of this gig. You’re exposed to music inside and outside of your comfort zone, treated to flavors and delectable morsels from artists of today and bygone eras. You pay your tab, leave a tip and hope you remember the name of the restaurant so you can tell your friends 30 minutes later; music is that flooded with new material to digest. That’s why when you come across someone like L.A.’s, Kennedy, investigation is required before delving in, his body of work needs to be reviewed before stiff-arming the front door into his new single expected out early December 2018.
He’s experienced career-successes in various forms such as a decent-sized listener base, a gold record, tip top commercial placement and a Warner Bros. distro deal tucked in there as well – not bad for a life’s work.
Kennedy’s gift of lyrical wit and satire mixed with danceable, indie pop grooves are the perfect precursor for his new single, Jimmy Jett, an introspective into the persona of this egocentric, self-absorbed, rock n’ roller (Jimmy Jett, not Kennedy). You develop an artist’s rendering of Jimmy Jett after hearing the new single only once, it’s that quick. We all know this guy and Kennedy reminds us just why.
Musically, the new single from the upcoming EP of the same name is a feel-good anthem that welcomes listeners from all corners of the high school dance. Jimmy Jett’s hook is infectious and also boasts some great rhythm guitar tones and vocal reverb play. I hope to include this track in my playlist called, well, I haven’t created it yet, but when I do, it’s gonna be bitchin’!
Jimmy Jett is a playlist starter. It’s the bouillon of the broth. Other additions will come in the form of, The Soup Dragons, Happy Mondays, Spacehog and Duran’s cover of White Lines. Get higher baby!