Unchartered Artists – A playlist.
Playlists play a significant role in the promotion of underground and independent bands and artists these days. There is no denying that one of the best ways to get your music heard is through playlists with significant followers.
If you can get your song on a playlist, then that is great news. Irrespective of the size of the playlist or number of followers it has. Afterall, any promotion helps us to gain traction.
It’s important for artists to support other artists too along the way.
One of the problems I have encountered is that, to get featured on playlists, many of the curators require you cross their hand with gold. This leaves you feeling less like you have earned your place there as you have bought your way in.
There are also other methods, where you are encouraged to follow the playlist and the curators on social media with the promise that your song will get added to the playlist. In my experience, having done this many times, I have never found myself on any of them. I quickly realised that this is not a genuine way of getting your music heard.
These playlists get a clear majority of followers, sure, but they are likely thousands of other musicians primarily hoping that their song will be featured, rather than genuine listeners with a real interest in the content.
I want to help other bands and artists get discovered without shelling out money.
Because of this, I have created a playlist “Unchartists” on Spotify. It is a collaborative playlist that enables artists to add their own music into the mix.
This is a collaborative playlist, so you can add your own songs to it.
This is an idea I have had for a while, to make something where people can share their music for free. This is not genre restrictive, you can add your music regardless of what category it falls under.
I want this to be a place where people can go to experience a vast and diverse expanse of a variety of music from lesser known artists and subsequently help us all to grow.
There are no real rules here, however, I would request the following please as a courtesy:
Please only add a maximum of 3 songs. 3 songs that really show what you are capable of. Please don’t spam the playlist or I will have to remove some tracks.
If you add your songs to the playlist, please share it with your audience
- Encourage people to listen to the music, follow the playlist and share what they are enjoying. Granted, with such a variety of genres, not everybody will like everything, but every music fan will enjoy some things in there.
- Please share the playlist everywhere you possibly can
- Feature it on your website
- Share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (#chartists) – Personal accounts and your band / artist accounts if you feel comfortable with that.
- Do a blog post / Vlog about it.
- Encourage other artists / bands to add their music & ask them to share the link around too.
- If you have Spotify for Artists maybe feature the playlist on your artist / bands Spotify page.
It’s mutually beneficial. The more people that share it, the more it grows. The more it grows, the more followers we get. The more followers we get, the more listeners we all get. The more listeners we get, the more our audiences grow.
Maybe have a browse through it as it grows too, you may find other artists to collaborate, remix or work with.
I have kicked the playlist off with my own song to start off with – Losing Control.
One last thing be respectful of the playlist. Please don't rearrange and drag your song to the top of the playlist - that's just rude.
Please do not just dump your music in this playlist and not share it around. It is not here as a platform to benefit just you, it is here to benefit musicians as a collective.
With all that being said - here is the link: