How to #Win at SoundCloud

SoundCloud is quickly becoming the hip new community for audio creators, especially electronic artists. Even though they recently started cracking down on copyright violations, the site remains an excellent place to promote your remixes, productions and get DJ gigs as a result.  Here are a few steps to #winning! @ SoundCloud, taking full advantage of its community, and making sure your tracks reach the largest online audience. I’ll also supply some examples of SoundCloud profiles that have followed these steps and succeeded.  Finally, We even got SoundCloud themselves to add their own nuggets of advice!

1. Make good music

The first step to any musical endeavor: your content needs to be top-quality. Avoid putting works in progress on your SoundCloud profile publicly until you’re completely ready. SoundCloud is a great tool for privately sharing audio, so if you have projects at a stage where they are not for public consumption, or you want to collaborate with other audio creators, features like private sharing, secret links and timed comments can really help.

2. Give some away and share your tracks

When releasing tracks, let one go out for free every once in a while. Free downloads spread like wildfire across SoundCloud. Look at Aeroplane’s profile. Their downloadable tracks have significantly more plays than the material they’re holding back.

SoundCloud Says: Sharing is important! If you have a new track, share it across your networks. Such as posting onto your Facebook wall, embedding a player onto your site, or inviting blogs to embed a widget of your track. How about linking in your social networks and using the sharing note?

3. Categorize your tracks correctly


Even if your music is good, it could be construed as bad if it’s being listened to by the wrong people. Make sure the genre of your uploads is set precisely, and tag your track accordingly. Avoid popular tags like “Wolfgang Gartner” and “Daft Punk” — these will get you nowhere. Record labels are usually good at categorizing their tracks. Take, for example, Allusion Records’ profile. They’ve labeled each track specifically; not just “house” but “tech-house” in many cases. It’s important to identify with subgenres, because there are listeners out there who really know what they like when they are searching on SoundCloud.

SoundCloud Says: If you churn out a lot of content you can select the best tracks to put in front of your audience with the spotlight feature.

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4. Share your tracks effectively with groups

Join groups that legitimately reflect your musical interests, and submit your uploads to the groups that make the most sense. You can usually find over 20 groups to send a single track to. Think beyond genre: I submit my tracks to groups focusing on music made in Austin, TX, where I live, as well as “unsigned artist” groups. Johnny Muse added his track “I’m So Laid Back” to 58 groups and has had 214 plays this week at the time of writing. The track also boasts 31 comments.

5. Interact with other users often


There are two main ways of achieving this goal: by commenting, and by directly sharing tracks. Try commenting on other user’s tracks, without being annoying. Say something descriptive, and occasionally be constructive rather than blindly complimentary. People notice when you comment on things, and will likely check you out. Renegades of Jazz have more than 10 followers for each person they follow, but get their name out there by commenting frequently. I discovered their profile through some comments they made on tracks I was listening to by another artist.

In addition, if you are building a conversation with another user sharing your tracks directly with them can help to create a personal dialogue. You can send your tracks directly to dropboxes on user profiles. However, definitely avoid sharing tracks with too many people, and to people who won’t enjoy your music. Whoever you share it with will get a message saying “_____ shared this track to you and 189,444 other people.” That’s no way to make friends.

6. Follow similar users

A great way to know who to interact with is to pay attention to who starts following you, and don’t hesitate to follow back users who are creating similar content (or music that you simply like).

SoundCloud Says: Your dashboard can be an RSS feed of new music from your followers, check out their updates in your dashboard and start a conversation over the next awesome track they upload, or reply to one of their comments. You never know, you may find someone to collaborate on a new track or be asked to remix one of their tracks in the future.

Following users on SoundCloud is a cyclical action. If other users see you’re following them, they are likely to check out your music and follow back, leading to more exposure. Chi Recordings follows over 1000 users and has over 2000 followers.

7. Be patient

All of this takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. But by applying these methods, I was able to dramatically increase the number of times my tracks are played. I went quickly from getting 1-6 plays on a track to over 40, over the course of a weekend. That’s not where I’d like to be, but it’s indicative of a trend that can only continue. Hector87’s “Everything Is Going to Fail” has received 23 downloads in 24 days. These are the kinds of statistics you’re going to get excited about. Don’t expect thousands of plays each day just yet.

The steps above are a nearly effortless way to increase exposure and fan base if you truly are doing it for the right reasons and want to interact, collaborate and engage with a community who want to create too. As a great bonus, you’ll discover new music and help support other artists!

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  • Maxy

    I use to go to sites like http://Wizish.com and http://Twiends.com to get a few free followers to boost my follower account. What is your take on these “Follow4Follow” type websites, that allow you to earn coins by following people to later exchange them for followers to your own account? I’m not one to spend money on anything to fake boost my accounts, especially if it’s fake. These sites do offer some real people to follow you though that could actually be interested in you, you know?

  • State of Psychosis

    You definitely have to add cloudkillers to this article. I think i mentioned that before unless this is a different one.

    It’s peer to peer commenting.

    You get constructive help from other artists so u can improve, you get free promotion, and you’ll be able to set the spark to build a following.

    Here’s a link that if you sign up from you’ll get 10 fast bonus comments to start you out, 50% free luck (which will get you bonus comments), and 20 free points.

    http://www.cloudkillers.com/register.php?aff=25109

    The site costs nothing by the way. You just make comments to earn these points and luck. You can even win free pro accounts by making 2000 comments.

    • Al

      So basically, the more you comment, the more comments you’ll get in return?

  • Peter Blom

    Magnificent tips. A little short though.

    I’ve taken the time to write a totally huge guide for SC at http://www.soundcloudguide.com. Don’t buy followers or plays, just learn your tricks and do that stuff organically (and by yourself). Hope that helps 🙂

    Best from a fellow producer. Peace!

  • Praverb.net

    Great article…I love the ease of SoundCloud and how it appeals the auditory listen. Thank you for sharing this…

    • Peter Blom

      Magnificent website. Thanks!

    • Peter Blom

      That stuff never works

  • Adam Dietz

    soundcloud is great it has really helped me get my music and remis out there.i have landed spots opening for wiz khalifa and more.check me out on soundcloud
    http://www.soundcloud.com/8-trak

  • A train da Mixologist

    Why can’t I download my mixes into sound cloud? my mixes are 1 hour! whats up with that? aljay1960@yahoo.com

  • Dreamr OKelly

    So when you are getting over a thousand plays and more then 50 downloads/favs without doing any of this stuff does that mean your music is exceptionally good??? 🙂

    just wondering, cause my SC tunes are killing it over there 🙂

    http://soundcloud.com/dreamr

  • Dwight Jones

    Hi fellow musicians, producers, and music lovers. Bless Up for the info thus far – I’m pretty new to SoundCloud, so this question may seem trivial. I want to know if sharing a single track to multiple groups is alowed. I’m having trouble doing this – and I don’t want to upset any protocol, just asking! Bless!

    • Peter Blom

      Hey Dwight, yes it is. You can add a track to 75 groups if you have a paid Soundcloud account.

  • Scott Hernandez

    Aloha from Maui http://soundcloud.com/scotthernandez/love-forever

    I originally used SoundCloud simply for online song storage.  Soon after it began to generate work for me in commercial projects, as well as a major distribution deal with Universal Music/InGrooves and has resulted in actual income.  My business interests are primarily focused on licensing deals versus being the next Gaga.  I don’t really get side tracked with the whole following thing and only follow artists that I truly like.  As far as emailing unsolicited tracks, seems a little too desperate and I rarely take a listen, so you may want to reconsider that approach.  What does get my attention are comments on my tracks. That’s pretty much a guarantee I’m going to see who you are and take a listen to your tracks.  Followers always get a listen and if something catches my ear, I give it a comment. That’s how I’ve discovered most of the artists I follow. I’ve also discovered several artists in Groups.  All of Steven’s tips are great and accurate. 
    Scott Hernandez
    http://soundcloud.com/scotthernandez/love-forever

  • Shining eyes

    Too bad one can’t upload mixes anymore. Well.. You can. Just as long as
    it’s not copyrighted materials… 🙂 Then they’ll just block you mix. I
    got blocked after mixing in the good old classic: Ultra Nate – Free.
    PS: There are alot of other places to go to if you wan’t to share mixes.

  • tommi theater

    thanks for that interesting article. a few days ago i found the “deep disco” group.. i joined there too. the suggestions of RolfSki here are very helpful too.

  • Erol Ramazzotti

    Nice article Ean!…and I’m happy to discover I was already covering the 90% of the points you are mentioning and it works! check this:http://www.facebook.com/Erol.Ramazzotti and my soundcloud page:  http://soundcloud.com/erol-ramazzotti. I received more than 12k plays in 10 months and a lot of feedback and connections. If you like my music please support me and become a follower. Cheers and God bless the 2manydjs.

  • Gaurav Mehta

    Hi Steven
    Awesome post! How about including mobile apps that connect with SoundCloud ??We at Dirty Water Labs in Boston built an android app called “SoundGarage Mobile” – for accessing SoundCloud from your droids.* Link to SoundGarage (Free): http://tinyurl.com/SoundGarage* Link to SoundGarage Pro (Paid) http://tinyurl.com/SoundGarageProFeatures:- Browse your tracks, groups, favorites, users- Seamless streaming and playback- Continuous Playback (Playlist feature) – SoundClouder of the Day feature (#SCOTD)- Listen to your and others Favorite tracks- Listen to tracks from other artists or users- Listen your or others “Private tracks”- Listen to Creative Commons music- Browse by Genre and Groups- Browse People you follow or following you- Follow / Unfollow other users- Search Tracks, Groups, People, Genre- Share Tracks, Share Group, Share User Profile on Facebook, Twitter, Email etc etc- Follow/Unfollow other usersPRO Features:- Download tracks directly to their android devices. – Artist Recommendations from Echo Nest- Buy tracks from appVideo of the app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vMWWwdnWJIThanks,Gaurav MehtaFounder, Dirty Water Labshttp://twitter.com/dirtywaterlabs

  • Matt

    I post live club sets where I own the music and rights to broadcast through Record Pools and legit purchases. The sad thing is my sets get pulled constantly on S.C. saying I don’t have right and need to email a petition response to them. I don’t have the time to send them proofs after spending time uploading, tracklist and such. Instead I still continue to give out larges amounts of CD’s at home and out of town as well as post to my website. Still getting gigs and I’m saving $25 bucks a month hosting to be pulled. I understand S.C. is for producers and I wish producers and S.C. continued success.
    Cheers

  • U31

    I’ve been posting my half arsed attempts to http://www.mixcloud.com/U31/ ever since soundcloud started with the copyrite shenanigans

  • Josh Cohen

    http://soundcloud.com/djstereoshock

    Check out my profile. Leave a comment, or send a message and I will gladly share some secrets of mine on how to build your soundcloud following.

    DJ Tech tools has the right attitude and idea, but I have some techniques that can help further your profile.

    Thanks,

    Stereoshock 🙂

  • Josh Cohen

    http://soundcloud.com/djstereoshock

    Check out my profile. Leave a comment, or send a message and I will gladly share some secrets of mine on how to build your soundcloud following.

    DJ Tech tools has the right attitude and idea, but I have some techniques that can help further your profile.

    Thanks,

    Stereoshock 🙂

  • Josh Cohen

    http://soundcloud.com/djstereoshock

    Check out my profile. Leave a comment, or send a message and I will gladly share some secrets of mine on how to build your soundcloud following.

    DJ Tech tools has the right attitude and idea, but I have some techniques that can help further your profile.

    Thanks,

    Stereoshock 🙂

  • Josh Cohen

    http://soundcloud.com/djstereoshock

    Check out my profile. Leave a comment, or send a message and I will gladly share some secrets of mine on how to build your soundcloud following.

    DJ Tech tools has the right attitude and idea, but I have some techniques that can help further your profile.

    Thanks,

    Stereoshock 🙂

  • Josh Cohen

    http://soundcloud.com/djstereoshock

    Check out my profile. Leave a comment, or send a message and I will gladly share some secrets of mine on how to build your soundcloud following.

    DJ Tech tools has the right attitude and idea, but I have some techniques that can help further your profile.

    Thanks,

    Stereoshock 🙂

  • Kelvin_Clone

    I’m from ATX too. Represent, yo.

  • DJ BIg Styles

    Another epic piece of advice that I have found here on DJTT. Thought I would add my soundcloud success story. Back in February I put up a mash-up of Norah Jones/J. Dilla and saw about 100 plays, I sent the track to the dropbox of a blog in germany that i thought would absolutely love it, and they did. As of today the track is at just under 1200 plays, it was shared all over facebook, and I went from no followers to almost 40. Not astronomical numbers but definitely a soundcloud success story!

    check the track here:

    http://soundcloud.com/djbigstyles/dillah-jones-you-gotta-see
    http://www.soundcloud.com/djbigstyles

  • UberVice

    Remixing trending artists is huge. Get your buddies to share it around Facebook and you’re pretty much good to go for a while. My proof is with a remix I did of Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You”:

    http://soundcloud.com/ubervice/fuck-you

    Over 5,000 listens and closing in on 500 downloads.

  • UberVice

    Remixing trending artists is huge. Get your buddies to share it around Facebook and you’re pretty much good to go for a while. My proof is with a remix I did of Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You”:

    http://soundcloud.com/ubervice/fuck-you

    Over 5,000 listens and closing in on 500 downloads.

  • Lucxke

    Another Tip: If you are letting people download your mixes/tracks put your name on your files before you upload them to soundcloud. Otherwise when people download them they won’t know who made them and where to come back for more.

  • Danny RiottheDj Mellen

    Oh, btw what happened to the tech tools group? I never hear anything from it anymore….

  • Danny RiottheDj Mellen

    Hmm,
    I hadnt heard of the mixes getting takedowns, just tracks…
    my two cents is that the blogging part cant be understated,
    this track, http://soundcloud.com/riot-the-dj/david-guetta-feat-rihanna-whos-that-chick-riot-the-dj-g6-remix was blogged, and it has 2900 plays, and 1000 dl, where as http://soundcloud.com/riot-the-dj/black-sabbath-paranoid-riot is a better track but still holds tight at 200 plays 64 dl, blogging gets 100’s of plays a day, if fact thats when I had to upgrade my account, which i advise if you can afford it, I have a retarded amount of space, and can see where my tracks are poppin off, like Australia or Romainia…. Nice!
    thanks soundcloud….

    • Mr. DJ

      so wait can you upload Mix Set? I never used it because I wasn’t sure about this and I don’t want to get in trouble. lol…

  • Johnny Muse

    Thanks for support 🙂

    Cheers,

    Johnny Muse.

  • Matt H

    Soundcloud has a lot of great potential and I have definitely made contact with friendly and inspiring producers, but it also seems to very quickly be succumbing to the personal brand spamming that made Myspace such an awful place. I get a lot of personal messages saying “Free mix for you!” that were clearly sent to as many people as possible. Big producers have tracks that are nearly un-scrubbable for all the comments on there, many of which are starting to look like “hey this is great come check out my profile follow back plz!”.

    If this can be mitigated then Soundcloud could become a great place but right now I can just feel the noise building up inside.

    • Joeblack949

      you know if you click the little text quote bubble icon in the bottom right corner the comments go away right? and that you can embed any player with the settings to disable it if you like. i know exactly what you mean and find it annoying on those high profile artists tracks and mixes where you cant even click on the timeline

    • Joeblack949

      you know if you click the little text quote bubble icon in the bottom right corner the comments go away right? and that you can embed any player with the settings to disable it if you like. i know exactly what you mean and find it annoying on those high profile artists tracks and mixes where you cant even click on the timeline

  • Mojaxx

    I should also add that I think this should also be supplemented by the good old fashioned handing-out of CDs locally.

    In the week since I did the mix I’ve given out over 50 CD copies to staff and customers at gigs. People actually really appreciate being given something physical for free, I find.

  • Mojaxx

    Last week I finished a mix and posted it to both Soundcloud and Mixcloud, people seem to prefer the Soundcloud option as it lets them download it.

    I really wanted people to hear it so I hit up everyone who follows me on Twitter, as well as some of the artists whose work appears in the mix.

    It’s the first time I’ve really pimped out a mix in this way, and it’s had some ok results, I’m up to 175 streams/downloads in less than a week. Alright, that’s not gonna change the world, but it makes the time I spent making the mix worthwhile.

    Anyway, I’m pleased with it, and if you’re into mash-up/dubstep/D&B etc you should have a listen!

    http://soundcloud.com/mojaxx/mojaxx-real-artists-ship-the

  • Maryland DJ

    Actually didn’t know about the groups before, guess it’s just something I slept on… good advice!

  • sebastiannz

    good collection of tips… soundcloud is fantastic. i’ve been exposed to heaps of great music i wouldn’t have heard otherwise. and i really like being able to comment on people’s work and give them big ups 🙂

  • Kylie Rose

    QUESTION: can we have a similar post about mixcloud?

    • FDRK

      Yes! I guess most of the DJTT readers are DJs.
      Mixcloud is more for DJs since we can post mixes there without beeing blocked due to copyright violations…

      • DJ ABEATZ

        Unfortunately…they are starting to crack down NOW. You posted 2 years ago..its now 2013 and they want to suck the life out of soundcloud, so I was posting a mix and got blocked. SUCKS.

        • FDRK

          It’s always a matter if how large the service gets I guess… The music industry will take them down one by one. Go Mega! 🙂

  • Sander Vermeer

    Will a disclaimer help solve infringement issues? Or removing download options?
    Oh and do check out my awesome mixtapes!
    http://soundcloud.com/stereohero
    I will listen to anyones posted mix/track listed in the comments 😉

  • DetroitTechnoHouse

    Great article. I’ve recently been doing this lately. Also on mixcloud also.

  • Otto Trigitaliz Filipsson

    Luve My soundcloud It helped me a lot …

    Some of you are freq Downloaders there heheh…

  • No Roux No

    soundcloud has helped me out alot, another way to get people to listen to your songs is having ur songs on youtube, believe me we have more plays on youtube than in our soundcloud.

    ps.http://soundcloud.com/norouxno

  • Poppa Mint

    23 downloads in 24 days isn’t really something to get excited about. We have gotten 370 odd downloads in our first month on soundcloud, with no promotion. Maybe it was just luck, but yeh, set your hopes a lil higher! I second the idea of remixing trending artists (without selling your soul) and traffic seems to flow in. Check out our case study if yawanaa : http://soundcloud.com/poppa-mint/james-blake-to-care-like-you-1 (the tracks been dropped all over the place, even caught a local dj dropping it here in manchester! GET ON SOUNDCLOUD!

    • Otto Trigitaliz Filipsson

      I caught a local dj Playing The Bromance remix and its not 4 download !!! The geezer ripped it with Wave lab recording it ,, Hihihi… Felt sorry 4 the guy and gave him the original hehe..

  • bodegabrad

    I got zapped by their copyright team for a couple mixes I did a month ago. I explained that I was a radio DJ and was given the tracks directly from the artists and labels and was not making profit off of them. I also included that the songs were mixed together into a one hour blend…and that I would cancel my subscription$$. One hour later my tracks were restored. I think the labels just use the search bar to find “violators” and act accordingly. I make sure to state the nature of the mix above the track listing now for good measure and haven’t had a problem since (knock on wood). If it happens again tho, I’ll prob. switch to Mixcloud.com

  • Warren Potter Allen IV

    hows the whole re-rub, re-edit, re-lick rules go? seems like there is an acceptable grey area around them. (to pass it seems, don’t suck #1 and #2 don’t use tracks that will piss off the original artist)

  • DJJackMeoff

    damn shame to hear about that copyright BS. If that continues SC will ultimately fail. They should go after people making a buck off of it instead of someone trying to express them selves.

    • Rolf Ski

      @James:
      Suggestions for promotional improvement:
      – upload artwork with your mix
      – upload dj sets in 320kb, not in wav, so you can tag it
      – use a descriptive name in the upload file: “James W Dirty Electro mix” instead of “2011-03-15_14h36m23.wav”

      As an additional suggestion, if you really want to get fancy, use the timed comments in Soundcloud to mark the tracks of your set.
      Example: http://soundcloud.com/rolfski/best-of-deep-disco-soundcloud-grandmix-vol-i-part-1

    • Rolf Ski

      @James:
      Suggestions for promotional improvement:
      – upload artwork with your mix
      – upload dj sets in 320kb, not in wav, so you can tag it
      – use a descriptive name in the upload file: “James W Dirty Electro mix” instead of “2011-03-15_14h36m23.wav”

      As an additional suggestion, if you really want to get fancy, use the timed comments in Soundcloud to mark the tracks of your set.
      Example: http://soundcloud.com/rolfski/best-of-deep-disco-soundcloud-grandmix-vol-i-part-1

    • Rolf Ski

      @James:
      Suggestions for promotional improvement:
      – upload artwork with your mix
      – upload dj sets in 320kb, not in wav, so you can tag it
      – use a descriptive name in the upload file: “James W Dirty Electro mix” instead of “2011-03-15_14h36m23.wav”

      As an additional suggestion, if you really want to get fancy, use the timed comments in Soundcloud to mark the tracks of your set.
      Example: http://soundcloud.com/rolfski/best-of-deep-disco-soundcloud-grandmix-vol-i-part-1

    • Rolf Ski

      @James:
      Suggestions for promotional improvement:
      – upload artwork with your mix
      – upload dj sets in 320kb, not in wav, so you can tag it
      – use a descriptive name in the upload file: “James W Dirty Electro mix” instead of “2011-03-15_14h36m23.wav”

      As an additional suggestion, if you really want to get fancy, use the timed comments in Soundcloud to mark the tracks of your set.
      Example: http://soundcloud.com/rolfski/best-of-deep-disco-soundcloud-grandmix-vol-i-part-1

  • Rolf Ski

    I’m running the oldest (nu) disco community on SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/groups/deep-disco ) and got quite successful with it (over 3500 members and 1300 personal followers atm). Some additional advice from my personal experience:

    1. Don’t promote yourself, promote others.
    Rather similar to the advice in the article. I gained most followers by merely promoting other artists for my group. I went as far as publishing tracks of others in order to promote my group. Example: http://soundcloud.com/rolfski/social-disco-club-the-way-you-move-greg-wilson-version

    2. Work with other artists.
    Similar to the advice in this article. Collaboration on SoundCloud with other artists gained me a lot of followers and members to my group, see the example above.

    3. Always use artwork
    Even without any Photoshop knowledge you can easily download some Creative Commons picture from Flickr and adapt it for artwork using basic Mac or Windows OS tools like Paint or so. If you want people to blog about you on Facebook for instance that artwork gets published as well so you need to have something in place to stand out for yourself. Here’s a good example of the difference that Soundcloud artwork makes when it’s blogged on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deeperdisco

    4. Use consistent artwork
    Although this is a more of a personal choice, it can become particularly useful when you start to publish a lot of tracks and sets. As we are all our own brands now on the internet, becoming easily recognizable for other people because of your consistent artwork branding can make a difference. Here’s an example: http://soundcloud.com/bonedisco

    5. Tag your mp3’s correctly and use artwork as well
    This is as important as categorizing your tracks once uploaded to SoundCloud. You want your track info (and artwork) showing up correctly in Serato or Traktor whenever some DJ decides to give your track a spin.

    6. Upload in 320Kb
    Hard drive space and download speeds are generally not a bottleneck any more so have other people enjoy your music in the best possible quality. If it wasn’t for Serato and some other software still not supporting it I would have advised uploading tracks (not DJ sets) in flac format (flac = wav/aiff quality with tagging capabilty)

    7. Publish track listings with your sets.
    A lot of dj’s want to hide their “magic” in music selection. Your set will however get better found with a track listing as it will show up in the SoundCloud search results when people are looking for particular tracks. Also keep in mind that a lot of people (like me) never bother to listen to a dj set without a track listing as they want to prevent the frustration of hearing a good track without knowing its name.

    8. If you do a re-edit/ remix, publish the original artist name.
    As someone said in the comments, you will generate far more hits when using the original artist/title name as SoundCloud indexing will always show up in top 10 Google search results.

    9. Add a YouTube video.
    For the same reason as above. Youtube has always a top 10 position in Google search results. SoundcCloud allows you to add a video link so better make use of it. Also remember that a lot of people use Youtube as their single music player. Adding a video can be as simple as only using one artwork image.

    10. Claim your own category (optional)
    I started the Deep Disco group on SoundCloud with the goal of creating deep disco as a music category. A genre that sits in the middle between (nu) disco and deep house. Since then many people have started using deep disco as a category name for their SoundCloud tracks as well. The Facebook team has now recognized my deep disco page as an official community and deep disco has even been blogged as a life style: http://www.sabotagetimes.com/music/goodbye-hipsters-hello-deep-disco/

  • Rolf Ski

    I’m running the oldest (nu) disco community on SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/groups/deep-disco ) and got quite successful with it (over 3500 members and 1300 personal followers atm). Some additional advice from my personal experience:

    1. Don’t promote yourself, promote others.
    Rather similar to the advice in the article. I gained most followers by merely promoting other artists for my group. I went as far as publishing tracks of others in order to promote my group. Example: http://soundcloud.com/rolfski/social-disco-club-the-way-you-move-greg-wilson-version

    2. Work with other artists.
    Similar to the advice in this article. Collaboration on SoundCloud with other artists gained me a lot of followers and members to my group, see the example above.

    3. Always use artwork
    Even without any Photoshop knowledge you can easily download some Creative Commons picture from Flickr and adapt it for artwork using basic Mac or Windows OS tools like Paint or so. If you want people to blog about you on Facebook for instance that artwork gets published as well so you need to have something in place to stand out for yourself. Here’s a good example of the difference that Soundcloud artwork makes when it’s blogged on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deeperdisco

    4. Use consistent artwork
    Although this is a more of a personal choice, it can become particularly useful when you start to publish a lot of tracks and sets. As we are all our own brands now on the internet, becoming easily recognizable for other people because of your consistent artwork branding can make a difference. Here’s an example: http://soundcloud.com/bonedisco

    5. Tag your mp3’s correctly and use artwork as well
    This is as important as categorizing your tracks once uploaded to SoundCloud. You want your track info (and artwork) showing up correctly in Serato or Traktor whenever some DJ decides to give your track a spin.

    6. Upload in 320Kb
    Hard drive space and download speeds are generally not a bottleneck any more so have other people enjoy your music in the best possible quality. If it wasn’t for Serato and some other software still not supporting it I would have advised uploading tracks (not DJ sets) in flac format (flac = wav/aiff quality with tagging capabilty)

    7. Publish track listings with your sets.
    A lot of dj’s want to hide their “magic” in music selection. Your set will however get better found with a track listing as it will show up in the SoundCloud search results when people are looking for particular tracks. Also keep in mind that a lot of people (like me) never bother to listen to a dj set without a track listing as they want to prevent the frustration of hearing a good track without knowing its name.

    8. If you do a re-edit/ remix, publish the original artist name.
    As someone said in the comments, you will generate far more hits when using the original artist/title name as SoundCloud indexing will always show up in top 10 Google search results.

    9. Add a YouTube video.
    For the same reason as above. Youtube has always a top 10 position in Google search results. SoundcCloud allows you to add a video link so better make use of it. Also remember that a lot of people use Youtube as their single music player. Adding a video can be as simple as only using one artwork image.

    10. Claim your own category (optional)
    I started the Deep Disco group on SoundCloud with the goal of creating deep disco as a music category. A genre that sits in the middle between (nu) disco and deep house. Since then many people have started using deep disco as a category name for their SoundCloud tracks as well. The Facebook team has now recognized my deep disco page as an official community and deep disco has even been blogged as a life style: http://www.sabotagetimes.com/music/goodbye-hipsters-hello-deep-disco/

  • Rolf Ski

    I’m running the oldest (nu) disco community on SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/groups/deep-disco ) and got quite successful with it (over 3500 members and 1300 personal followers atm). Some additional advice from my personal experience:

    1. Don’t promote yourself, promote others.
    Rather similar to the advice in the article. I gained most followers by merely promoting other artists for my group. I went as far as publishing tracks of others in order to promote my group. Example: http://soundcloud.com/rolfski/social-disco-club-the-way-you-move-greg-wilson-version

    2. Work with other artists.
    Similar to the advice in this article. Collaboration on SoundCloud with other artists gained me a lot of followers and members to my group, see the example above.

    3. Always use artwork
    Even without any Photoshop knowledge you can easily download some Creative Commons picture from Flickr and adapt it for artwork using basic Mac or Windows OS tools like Paint or so. If you want people to blog about you on Facebook for instance that artwork gets published as well so you need to have something in place to stand out for yourself. Here’s a good example of the difference that Soundcloud artwork makes when it’s blogged on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deeperdisco

    4. Use consistent artwork
    Although this is a more of a personal choice, it can become particularly useful when you start to publish a lot of tracks and sets. As we are all our own brands now on the internet, becoming easily recognizable for other people because of your consistent artwork branding can make a difference. Here’s an example: http://soundcloud.com/bonedisco

    5. Tag your mp3’s correctly and use artwork as well
    This is as important as categorizing your tracks once uploaded to SoundCloud. You want your track info (and artwork) showing up correctly in Serato or Traktor whenever some DJ decides to give your track a spin.

    6. Upload in 320Kb
    Hard drive space and download speeds are generally not a bottleneck any more so have other people enjoy your music in the best possible quality. If it wasn’t for Serato and some other software still not supporting it I would have advised uploading tracks (not DJ sets) in flac format (flac = wav/aiff quality with tagging capabilty)

    7. Publish track listings with your sets.
    A lot of dj’s want to hide their “magic” in music selection. Your set will however get better found with a track listing as it will show up in the SoundCloud search results when people are looking for particular tracks. Also keep in mind that a lot of people (like me) never bother to listen to a dj set without a track listing as they want to prevent the frustration of hearing a good track without knowing its name.

    8. If you do a re-edit/ remix, publish the original artist name.
    As someone said in the comments, you will generate far more hits when using the original artist/title name as SoundCloud indexing will always show up in top 10 Google search results.

    9. Add a YouTube video.
    For the same reason as above. Youtube has always a top 10 position in Google search results. SoundcCloud allows you to add a video link so better make use of it. Also remember that a lot of people use Youtube as their single music player. Adding a video can be as simple as only using one artwork image.

    10. Claim your own category (optional)
    I started the Deep Disco group on SoundCloud with the goal of creating deep disco as a music category. A genre that sits in the middle between (nu) disco and deep house. Since then many people have started using deep disco as a category name for their SoundCloud tracks as well. The Facebook team has now recognized my deep disco page as an official community and deep disco has even been blogged as a life style: http://www.sabotagetimes.com/music/goodbye-hipsters-hello-deep-disco/

  • Rolf Ski

    I’m running the oldest (nu) disco community on SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/groups/deep-disco ) and got quite successful with it (over 3500 members and 1300 personal followers atm). Some additional advice from my personal experience:

    1. Don’t promote yourself, promote others.
    Rather similar to the advice in the article. I gained most followers by merely promoting other artists for my group. I went as far as publishing tracks of others in order to promote my group. Example: http://soundcloud.com/rolfski/social-disco-club-the-way-you-move-greg-wilson-version

    2. Work with other artists.
    Similar to the advice in this article. Collaboration on SoundCloud with other artists gained me a lot of followers and members to my group, see the example above.

    3. Always use artwork
    Even without any Photoshop knowledge you can easily download some Creative Commons picture from Flickr and adapt it for artwork using basic Mac or Windows OS tools like Paint or so. If you want people to blog about you on Facebook for instance that artwork gets published as well so you need to have something in place to stand out for yourself. Here’s a good example of the difference that Soundcloud artwork makes when it’s blogged on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deeperdisco

    4. Use consistent artwork
    Although this is a more of a personal choice, it can become particularly useful when you start to publish a lot of tracks and sets. As we are all our own brands now on the internet, becoming easily recognizable for other people because of your consistent artwork branding can make a difference. Here’s an example: http://soundcloud.com/bonedisco

    5. Tag your mp3’s correctly and use artwork as well
    This is as important as categorizing your tracks once uploaded to SoundCloud. You want your track info (and artwork) showing up correctly in Serato or Traktor whenever some DJ decides to give your track a spin.

    6. Upload in 320Kb
    Hard drive space and download speeds are generally not a bottleneck any more so have other people enjoy your music in the best possible quality. If it wasn’t for Serato and some other software still not supporting it I would have advised uploading tracks (not DJ sets) in flac format (flac = wav/aiff quality with tagging capabilty)

    7. Publish track listings with your sets.
    A lot of dj’s want to hide their “magic” in music selection. Your set will however get better found with a track listing as it will show up in the SoundCloud search results when people are looking for particular tracks. Also keep in mind that a lot of people (like me) never bother to listen to a dj set without a track listing as they want to prevent the frustration of hearing a good track without knowing its name.

    8. If you do a re-edit/ remix, publish the original artist name.
    As someone said in the comments, you will generate far more hits when using the original artist/title name as SoundCloud indexing will always show up in top 10 Google search results.

    9. Add a YouTube video.
    For the same reason as above. Youtube has always a top 10 position in Google search results. SoundcCloud allows you to add a video link so better make use of it. Also remember that a lot of people use Youtube as their single music player. Adding a video can be as simple as only using one artwork image.

    10. Claim your own category (optional)
    I started the Deep Disco group on SoundCloud with the goal of creating deep disco as a music category. A genre that sits in the middle between (nu) disco and deep house. Since then many people have started using deep disco as a category name for their SoundCloud tracks as well. The Facebook team has now recognized my deep disco page as an official community and deep disco has even been blogged as a life style: http://www.sabotagetimes.com/music/goodbye-hipsters-hello-deep-disco/

    • Anonymous

      Ive been following you for a while now. Nice to see you on DJTT.
      DJTT & Native Instruments Forums Moderator saying hello 😉

      • Rolf Ski

        Thanks for heads up, Karlos. Added you to the buddy list on the NI forum 🙂

  • Bob Bell

    Great advice. Soundcloud rules.

  • Bob Bell

    Great advice. Soundcloud rules.

  • Bob Bell

    Great advice. Soundcloud rules.

  • Bob Bell

    Great advice. Soundcloud rules.

  • FDRK

    Too bad one can’t upload mixes anymore. Well.. You can. Just as long as it’s not copyrighted materials… 🙂 Then they’ll just block you mix. I got blocked after mixing in the good old classic: Ultra Nate – Free.
    PS: There are alot of other places to go to if you wan’t to share mixes.

  • FDRK

    Too bad one can’t upload mixes anymore. Well.. You can. Just as long as it’s not copyrighted materials… 🙂 Then they’ll just block you mix. I got blocked after mixing in the good old classic: Ultra Nate – Free.
    PS: There are alot of other places to go to if you wan’t to share mixes.

  • FDRK

    Too bad one can’t upload mixes anymore. Well.. You can. Just as long as it’s not copyrighted materials… 🙂 Then they’ll just block you mix. I got blocked after mixing in the good old classic: Ultra Nate – Free.
    PS: There are alot of other places to go to if you wan’t to share mixes.

  • FDRK

    Too bad one can’t upload mixes anymore. Well.. You can. Just as long as it’s not copyrighted materials… 🙂 Then they’ll just block you mix. I got blocked after mixing in the good old classic: Ultra Nate – Free.
    PS: There are alot of other places to go to if you wan’t to share mixes.

    • Taylorryan_123

      when i do my mixes – i grab free downloadable remixes that other people have done on soundcloud and post links to their sites – i have gained so many more followers from doing this as well as people want to hear new remixes and stuff that is a little different!

  • Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    I think Facebook owns everyone and their mothers when it comes to promoting your stuff. Simply ask people to share it on their wall if they like it and that should get the buzz going quite well.

    If you’re a DJ or producer with a smallish following that will kick start your stats for sure.

    I released a remix of “We no speak americano” last year very casually and didn’t bother with any promotion at all and hit the tiny number of 200 in a day or two. It’s old but still grooving 🙂 http://soundcloud.com/beatsnatcher/emil-beatsnatcher-brikha-no-speak-americano-serious-club-remix-1

  • Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    I think Facebook owns everyone and their mothers when it comes to promoting your stuff. Simply ask people to share it on their wall if they like it and that should get the buzz going quite well.

    If you’re a DJ or producer with a smallish following that will kick start your stats for sure.

    I released a remix of “We no speak americano” last year very casually and didn’t bother with any promotion at all and hit the tiny number of 200 in a day or two. It’s old but still grooving 🙂 http://soundcloud.com/beatsnatcher/emil-beatsnatcher-brikha-no-speak-americano-serious-club-remix-1

  • Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    I think Facebook owns everyone and their mothers when it comes to promoting your stuff. Simply ask people to share it on their wall if they like it and that should get the buzz going quite well.

    If you’re a DJ or producer with a smallish following that will kick start your stats for sure.

    I released a remix of “We no speak americano” last year very casually and didn’t bother with any promotion at all and hit the tiny number of 200 in a day or two. It’s old but still grooving 🙂 http://soundcloud.com/beatsnatcher/emil-beatsnatcher-brikha-no-speak-americano-serious-club-remix-1

  • Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    I think Facebook owns everyone and their mothers when it comes to promoting your stuff. Simply ask people to share it on their wall if they like it and that should get the buzz going quite well.

    If you’re a DJ or producer with a smallish following that will kick start your stats for sure.

    I released a remix of “We no speak americano” last year very casually and didn’t bother with any promotion at all and hit the tiny number of 200 in a day or two. It’s old but still grooving 🙂 http://soundcloud.com/beatsnatcher/emil-beatsnatcher-brikha-no-speak-americano-serious-club-remix-1

  • Rubixhelix

    lol @ e-reputation… unless you’re gunning to be the next lady gaga… who cares about that?

    good article tho

  • Rubixhelix

    lol @ e-reputation… unless you’re gunning to be the next lady gaga… who cares about that?

    good article tho

  • Rubixhelix

    lol @ e-reputation… unless you’re gunning to be the next lady gaga… who cares about that?

    good article tho

  • Rubixhelix

    lol @ e-reputation… unless you’re gunning to be the next lady gaga… who cares about that?

    good article tho

  • KLOSELINE

    Some secret is to make remixes of popular tracks. I made a mircoblend of Rusko and Kid Sisters track. Its getting so many hits, even though its by far not the best track ive ever made… People just tend to find this stuff easier than your original production.

  • KLOSELINE

    Some secret is to make remixes of popular tracks. I made a mircoblend of Rusko and Kid Sisters track. Its getting so many hits, even though its by far not the best track ive ever made… People just tend to find this stuff easier than your original production.

  • KLOSELINE

    Some secret is to make remixes of popular tracks. I made a mircoblend of Rusko and Kid Sisters track. Its getting so many hits, even though its by far not the best track ive ever made… People just tend to find this stuff easier than your original production.

  • KLOSELINE

    Some secret is to make remixes of popular tracks. I made a mircoblend of Rusko and Kid Sisters track. Its getting so many hits, even though its by far not the best track ive ever made… People just tend to find this stuff easier than your original production.

  • GUNNER BASS

    great advice. just set up my spotlight, thanks!

    @ daniel silva i’ve never had any dj mix taken down, you have? maybe because I started putting in work on my tracklists? check out the insanely long tracklist for the top item in my spotlight: http://soundcloud.com/gunner-bass

    i did have an unauthorized dubstep remix of Warp 1.9 taken down once though =/ i took that as a compliment LOL.

  • GUNNER BASS

    great advice. just set up my spotlight, thanks!

    @ daniel silva i’ve never had any dj mix taken down, you have? maybe because I started putting in work on my tracklists? check out the insanely long tracklist for the top item in my spotlight: http://soundcloud.com/gunner-bass

    i did have an unauthorized dubstep remix of Warp 1.9 taken down once though =/ i took that as a compliment LOL.

  • GUNNER BASS

    great advice. just set up my spotlight, thanks!

    @ daniel silva i’ve never had any dj mix taken down, you have? maybe because I started putting in work on my tracklists? check out the insanely long tracklist for the top item in my spotlight: http://soundcloud.com/gunner-bass

    i did have an unauthorized dubstep remix of Warp 1.9 taken down once though =/ i took that as a compliment LOL.

  • GUNNER BASS

    great advice. just set up my spotlight, thanks!

    @ daniel silva i’ve never had any dj mix taken down, you have? maybe because I started putting in work on my tracklists? check out the insanely long tracklist for the top item in my spotlight: http://soundcloud.com/gunner-bass

    i did have an unauthorized dubstep remix of Warp 1.9 taken down once though =/ i took that as a compliment LOL.

  • Eyal Goldman

    I’m very happy with soundcloud for my own music
    http://soundcloud.com/funksinatra
    i used to put my dj sets there, but i found out that mixcloud is better for sets.
    That said – I got the best feedbacks ever from soundcloud, from really major players like Dimitri from Paris and a certain man made from plastik….Soundcloud also gave me really good vibes in my local scence (TLV israel), and my dj gigs got more $$$… so yes – YEAH SOUNDCLOUD!!!

  • Eyal Goldman

    I’m very happy with soundcloud for my own music
    http://soundcloud.com/funksinatra
    i used to put my dj sets there, but i found out that mixcloud is better for sets.
    That said – I got the best feedbacks ever from soundcloud, from really major players like Dimitri from Paris and a certain man made from plastik….Soundcloud also gave me really good vibes in my local scence (TLV israel), and my dj gigs got more $$$… so yes – YEAH SOUNDCLOUD!!!

  • Eyal Goldman

    I’m very happy with soundcloud for my own music
    http://soundcloud.com/funksinatra
    i used to put my dj sets there, but i found out that mixcloud is better for sets.
    That said – I got the best feedbacks ever from soundcloud, from really major players like Dimitri from Paris and a certain man made from plastik….Soundcloud also gave me really good vibes in my local scence (TLV israel), and my dj gigs got more $$$… so yes – YEAH SOUNDCLOUD!!!

  • Eyal Goldman

    I’m very happy with soundcloud for my own music
    http://soundcloud.com/funksinatra
    i used to put my dj sets there, but i found out that mixcloud is better for sets.
    That said – I got the best feedbacks ever from soundcloud, from really major players like Dimitri from Paris and a certain man made from plastik….Soundcloud also gave me really good vibes in my local scence (TLV israel), and my dj gigs got more $$$… so yes – YEAH SOUNDCLOUD!!!

  • Anonymous

    Good article… But still, not a safe place to upload DJ mixes as opposed to your own tunes, if you start linking to them from elsewhere, as your mix may disappear without warning leaving your dead links all over the web… Definitely not professional!

  • Anonymous

    Good article… But still, not a safe place to upload DJ mixes as opposed to your own tunes, if you start linking to them from elsewhere, as your mix may disappear without warning leaving your dead links all over the web… Definitely not professional!

  • Anonymous

    Good article… But still, not a safe place to upload DJ mixes as opposed to your own tunes, if you start linking to them from elsewhere, as your mix may disappear without warning leaving your dead links all over the web… Definitely not professional!

    • R3 Bonaire

      thanks phil for the dead link advice, i never thought about that.

  • Anonymous

    Good article… But still, not a safe place to upload DJ mixes as opposed to your own tunes, if you start linking to them from elsewhere, as your mix may disappear without warning leaving your dead links all over the web… Definitely not professional!

  • Daniel Silva

    Any tips on how to post a DJ set and not have it taken offline due to “copyright restrictions”? I mean, does any DJ out there have the copyright to the songs they promote when they play?

  • Daniel Silva

    Any tips on how to post a DJ set and not have it taken offline due to “copyright restrictions”? I mean, does any DJ out there have the copyright to the songs they promote when they play?

  • Daniel Silva

    Any tips on how to post a DJ set and not have it taken offline due to “copyright restrictions”? I mean, does any DJ out there have the copyright to the songs they promote when they play?

    • Steven Campbell

      I think it’s SoundCloud not wanting to get involved legally. There are plenty of other services (namely Mixcloud) that are centered around mix uploads.

      • Futureglue Musik

        mixcloud rules! no maximum set, no copyright bs… also no d/l and a max of 100mgs per set, but I can live with that.

        • Ean Golden

          keep in mind that they will run into the same problems eventually. Once MIx cloud gets large enough, the copyright people will come knocking.

  • Daniel Silva

    Any tips on how to post a DJ set and not have it taken offline due to “copyright restrictions”? I mean, does any DJ out there have the copyright to the songs they promote when they play?

  • Anthony Nicholson

    nicely done. SC is a great tool. i would like to see something like this for mixcloud if it would make sense. i only use MC to post stuff and thats where it ends. i think thats in part because i dont care to explore the site.

  • Anthony Nicholson

    nicely done. SC is a great tool. i would like to see something like this for mixcloud if it would make sense. i only use MC to post stuff and thats where it ends. i think thats in part because i dont care to explore the site.

  • Anthony Nicholson

    nicely done. SC is a great tool. i would like to see something like this for mixcloud if it would make sense. i only use MC to post stuff and thats where it ends. i think thats in part because i dont care to explore the site.

  • Anthony Nicholson

    nicely done. SC is a great tool. i would like to see something like this for mixcloud if it would make sense. i only use MC to post stuff and thats where it ends. i think thats in part because i dont care to explore the site.

    • Steven Campbell

      Mixcloud is a little more convoluted than Soundcloud, and since all the content is very long (being mixes), it’s a little more tedious to explore. I use MC pretty much just for hosting, and embed the mixes on Facebook, my own site, etc.

    • Steven Campbell

      Mixcloud is a little more convoluted than Soundcloud, and since all the content is very long (being mixes), it’s a little more tedious to explore. I use MC pretty much just for hosting, and embed the mixes on Facebook, my own site, etc.

    • Steven Campbell

      Mixcloud is a little more convoluted than Soundcloud, and since all the content is very long (being mixes), it’s a little more tedious to explore. I use MC pretty much just for hosting, and embed the mixes on Facebook, my own site, etc.

    • Steven Campbell

      Mixcloud is a little more convoluted than Soundcloud, and since all the content is very long (being mixes), it’s a little more tedious to explore. I use MC pretty much just for hosting, and embed the mixes on Facebook, my own site, etc.

  • Gabriel Lacasse

    Good advice to help boosting your e-reputation. But still think twice about what you want to share, post or offer as free download since it has a direct impact on your reputation, even in the cover of your username.

  • Gabriel Lacasse

    Good advice to help boosting your e-reputation. But still think twice about what you want to share, post or offer as free download since it has a direct impact on your reputation, even in the cover of your username.

  • Gabriel Lacasse

    Good advice to help boosting your e-reputation. But still think twice about what you want to share, post or offer as free download since it has a direct impact on your reputation, even in the cover of your username.

  • Gabriel Lacasse

    Good advice to help boosting your e-reputation. But still think twice about what you want to share, post or offer as free download since it has a direct impact on your reputation, even in the cover of your username.

  • Zjc

    some good advice. Sone of this is obvious. And other prices apply to all social media

  • Zjc

    some good advice. Sone of this is obvious. And other prices apply to all social media

  • Zjc

    some good advice. Sone of this is obvious. And other prices apply to all social media

  • Zjc

    some good advice. Sone of this is obvious. And other prices apply to all social media