Dear fellow musicians,
first of all, sorry if this is not the appropriate place to post this, but it was a bit tricky to find my way around as a new member here.
I have recently released my first song on Spotify. I manually sent it to some playlist curators and much to my delight a few of them even added my song to their playlists, it brought barely any streams but it was fun and I was happy about every stream.
Some days ago I then stumbled upon a service offered by a so called „music & media expert“ who offered to do that tough work and pitch songs to many playlist curators. He clearly stressed working absolutely organically and in full alignment with all spotify regulations. I thus booked his service... and trouble began 😞
A few hours later I realized that (slowly increasing) I got constant streams on my song. Whereas I had had around 15 – 30 streams A DAY at best, I suddenly had 5 – 10 people listening at once ALL the time, peaking at 26 listeners at once. I was celebrating and thought my song was going viral until one day later the stats were updated and I saw that I had gained 1k streams overnight, almost all of them coming from only a handful of cities in the US which- after some research – turned out to be typical locations of bot-networks. One day later the streams ended abruptly, confirming my suspicion that I am being botted.
I wrote two emails to spotify for artists to ask for help and on how to stop this but only got answers that appeared to be standard phrases that didn't help me.
Since yesterday the same thing has started again and is ongoing until the moment I write these lines.
To be clear: I DON'T WANT THIS. Not only do I fear consequences for my spotify account and myself, also does it completely ruin the fun and the passion for the music and watching my song on spotify. Right now my only solution is: Delete my song from spotify in order to prevent harm / consequences.
Does anyone here have an idea how I can...
… find proof of whether I am really being botted or whether the streams might be legit in the end?
… end this without deleting my song and thus sacrificing the love and work I put into it?
Needless to say: Had I done my „homework“ before I should have known better than work with such people. 😞
Thank you very much & All the best