The way we find music has changed dramatically over the last couple of years.
Online streaming is the new radio. It’s now a huge, prestigious thing to be one of the top streamed artists on Spotify.
It was a big deal that Ed Sheeran beat out Drake as the most played artist on the platform in 2017.
Don’t get me wrong, FM and Sirius radio are still alive and kicking. I don’t think they’re going anywhere anytime soon.
But if you’re not investing time and effort into succeeding on Spotify and other streaming services, you’re hurting your chances.
So with that in mind, here are four things you can do today to get more plays on Spotify.
I started learning how to mix music in April 2017. And YouTube was my main teacher.
So I wanted to share the best videos on how to mix music that I’ve found. They have been soooo helpful to me. And I hope they help you.
The Basics Of Mixing Music
This was one of the first videos I watch on mixing. And it really explains the main idea and purpose of mixing.
The guy talks about mixing your song like a band is playing it on a stage, panning and changing the volumes so it sounds like they’re right in front of you.
I would highly suggest starting with this video.
The Basics Of How To Use EQ
This is just a short video of some pro mixing engineers on the importance, use, and misuse of EQ.
How To Mix Vocals
Graham Cochrane from The Recording Revolution puts out tons of super helpful content for DIY musicians. And he simplifies it for beginners, so his videos are the perfect place to start.
This one covers two methods for mixing vocals to sound professional.
How To Mix A Song From Scratch
This video is the first in a 6-part video series called “How To Mix A Song From Scratch.” It’s kind of my mixing bible. I’ve watched each video a couple times and I’m sure I’ll watch them again.
For the complete series, check out all the videos here.
Mixing Vocals To Sit Properly In Your Mix
Warren Huart doesn’t gear his video toward beginners as much as Cochrane, so sometimes the info he shares can be a bit overwhelming if you’re just starting out.
But this video is really helpful, if you have 22 minutes to sit down and watch it. He talks about some more intermediate-level methods and strategies that are pretty useful.
What About You?
Have you seen any good videos on mixing or recording? Post the link(s) in the comments so I can check ’em out.
Yes, there are musicians who are better than you, I don’t care who you are.
Mariah Carey would probably say there are better singers than her.
Jimi Hendrix probably thought there were better guitarists than him.
John Bonham surely respected other drummers and tried to learn from them.
So can you. And so can I.
For the past year or so, I’ve been making music with friends who are way better than me at their instruments. They make me want to get better.
And that’s what I need — a drive to become a better musician.
I don’t want to be complacent. It’s easy to get too comfortable with my skill level.
It’s like the gap that Ira Glass talks about — the gap between where we are and where we want to be. And how that gap makes us get better.
“It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions,” Glass says. “…It’s going to take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
So for your own good, hang out with musicians who are better than you.
If you’re looking to keep your creative gene working, check out Austin Kleon’s little book Steal Like An Artist. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve read it like a dozen times.