I’ve been using soundcloud for a while but never really ‘got’ it, so I decided to spend some time using it properly, mainly listening to others.

A disclaimer type thing, I don’t have the answers, I just have some thoughts I wanted to share. I’m a musician probably like you, wanting to be heard across the noise. I use this space to talk about my experiences with mainly music related stuff so this isn’t a magic button post, it’s just my thoughts after using soundcloud.

Soundcloud states that to grow your ‘Soundcloud Community’ you should find tracks you enjoy and ‘like it, fave it, drop a note and follow’. That basically translates to me the main audience for bands – the bands themselves.

So first off groups. I’ve found groups to be a bit annoying to be honest. The majority I’ve found just aren’t moderated. I was seeing hip hop tracks in ambient groups, post-rock in classical etc. If you have a group – moderate it, it adds value! When I see a group that’s moderated it’s a keeper. A couple of examples – Ambient Airwaves and our very own netlabels’ Newpath.

Soundcloud is mainly for musicians but they’re actively trying to turn that around with their new mobile & tablet apps which are listener focused. Hopefully they’ll release artist friendly apps too. I suppose the key thing to take away from this is to use it as a music fan. Don’t try and work it, just use it. Follow musicians you actually like and make connections.

I know some musicians don’t have the time and it can sound like a chore. The thing is, it is if you treat it like that. Remember why you got into music for the first place, you were a fan, be a fan again!

Follow if you like their stuff but don’t just mass follow. I’ll admit when I first used it I just followed a bunch of people in the hopes that they’d follow back. Lots did. Most were unresponsive and hardly released any music or were genres I didn’t really care for. What I ended up with was an unusable feed so it just got left. Now I see the benefits of using it as a listener, as a fan. I’ve found some brilliant music I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

Some bad stuff. The bots. Soundcloud is riddled with bot accounts constantly spamming you with messages regarding buying plays/followers or adult stuff like this…

‘big round horny boobs’?! Sounds terrifying! This stuff gets boring fast, especially when you’re getting followed and commented on by fake accounts.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Soundcloud. Does it work for you? Anything you’d like them to improve on? Comment below.

 



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