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Many Spotify users have come to the Community asking how to get more Spotify followers--both on your profile and your playlists.
We've gone to some of our top users in the Community and asked them how they became successful curators. Below is a summary of their top tips.
1. Be Original
When you have a new idea for a playlist, have a quick search on Spotify to see if it has already been covered. A great way to find good topics is to be reactive--everything in the news can be an inspiration for a playlist.
"Target a 'niche' rather than 'mainstrea'" topic," said Gerard (aka @Soundofus). "It will make you different from the masses."
Once you've found a unique theme, collect a list of around 100 to 200 songs with a max of two songs by the same artist. Keep in mind it takes some time to craft a strong playlist around a good theme. Carlos (aka @Sanik007) said his mood playlists tend to gain the most followers.
"[Mood playlists] are an incredible chance to do something different than the others, so another chance to be original. In my case, I have a lot of mood playlists. One of the reasons why they have a great number of followers is the fact that I mix genres, styles, music decades. I completely agree with curating short playlists with no more than one song by an artist. Great curators always meet this standard."
2. Have A Strong Title
The playlist title has to match the theme or mood of your playlist. Titles to avoid are generic ones such as "The Best Playlist ever...", "The Greatest X", "The Best Party..."
These titles say nothing about the music the listener will find when they hit play. It's better to be more specific such as "Indie Folk Sunday Morning", "Rock Inspired By Metallica", "Throwback 90s Party".
"I love titles" Spotify playlist curator Sophia told the team "A great title will can bring people to your playlist. And if the music is good they'll stay!"
3. Update Your Playlists.
Update your playlists frequently to keep the music fresh. It's a good idea to include your new additions at the top of the playlist as well. Most curators we spoke to agreed that songs should be added a few at a time--not renewing all songs at once. Of course this depends on the theme. If it's the 'Best Indie tracks of the last 30 days" then renewing them all once a month makes perfect sense.
4. Promote Your Playlists
A great place to promote your curated playlist is the Spotify Community Playlist Exchange. It's best if you include a description for your playlists so users know what theme/ mood inspired you.
You can also create your own website or blog dedicated to promoting your playlists. Of course you can also promote it across social media channels such as Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook. And remember, it takes work and time to create a fan base. Don't be discouraged if it's a slow start.
"Twitter is another good option to promote your playlist," said Carlos. If you include undiscovered bands/artists in your playlists, Twitter could be a great platform to connect with them. They usually appreciate your consideration and maybe they will RT you, so your playlist will arrive also to their followers."
Jonathan (aka @Gidyin) also encourages promoting unknown artists. "I have devised promoting artists with monthly listeners in the region of 0-2000. I have always been a bit of a music hunter and love finding an artist on here that is not very well known. If I find an artist in this bracket I now add them to one of my more popular playlists and move the track near the start. This has two benefits, it raises the awareness of the emerging artist which they love and gives you an opportunity to feature on their discovered on page. Extra exposure is always good.
5. Follow Other Great Playlists
To gain followers you should also be a follower yourself. Seek out new bands, get to know playlists that have lots of followers, and study what it takes to be a curator.
"Constantly follow playlists like yours," said Spotify playlist curator Sean. "Find what's trending."
Have fun. Enjoy the music. Be original.
@FloodHounds amazing, you sound just like the Rolling stones!
You might wanna change that link, as it literally goes to the Stones new album.
Just found you, loving that first riff! Just followed you. Help us get the magic 250 too
@ScrambleChicken just followed you, feel free to check out our sound and follow if you like, or add any of our tunes to any of your playlists.
@FloodHounds amazing, you were on 6music introduding. How did that go?
Hi Leg Puppy, we were on BBC Introducing Sheffield, rather than BBC Radio 6 ,( but we are working on it.. unless we've missed something! ha ha! ) we did a live session of 3 tracks A&E, Soulmates To Cellmates and End of the Road, for BBC Introducing Sheffield, t hey are really supportive of new bands and this Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve they are doing a run down of the top 50 new artists in South Yorkshire, UK (we're from Sheffield). Some great bands coming out of Sheffield at the moment - watch out for The Sherlocks, The Crookes, etc.. Thanks for replying this is about our 3rd post so we're still learning about this forum. All the Best - FloodHounds
You Are Right about that link!!! How did we manage that. At least it was the Stones who we like! Excuse us that was our 1st post on this forum, still working on it! Cheers for Listening I'll sort out that link as soon as I figure out how! All the best FloodHounds
Hi, We've followed. I really like Midnight, very atmospheric,
If you are looking for best songs for moments when someone hurted you badly, Silver sound is the playlist you're looking for.
Updating playlist weekly. Soon second playlist will be out! Follow to know when!
I've searched long and wide and this is one of the best you can find 🙂
Heyy just want to share my masterpiece,
cind of a mixed playlist you can listen to 24/7 , well at least if you like rap.. The playlist is mostly rap, bouth chill and classics, J Cole is the star, second up is probly Frank ocean and Kanye West + over 70artists, i uppdate it every day with 1-10 songs, please take a listen to it and tell me if you liked it and/or what i can change about it!!
I promise you that you will at least find 10 new songs, its alot of not-too-known but great artists and songs, please give it a try
Hello everyone. Please check out my playlist. I keep it updated and add new songs. This playlist contains slow music to keep you relaxed and chill out.
Just wanted to share my chill playlist. Which I am really proud of btw... 🙂
Contains mostly house, edm, pop, dance, relax, indie etc...
@FloodHounds thanks. We are already following you guys, really like your sound.
@zeynepariman already following your playlist. Inspired me to play more Amy Winewhouse
@th3equalizer following yr playlist. I loved Tennis Court the minute I forst heard it
@Floodhounds love that Riff on Bare Bones! You've got a bit of Bluetones going on there
@FloodHounds i find this forum slightly confusing too, as it just posts at the top and you have no idea who your replying too.
You guys def rock! BBc Sheffield, Wales, Wigan or Newcastle, its all good! You guys have a great sound. How many shows you done so far? Ill check you out on FB too
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