hi, welcome. i'll be updating this weekly with more resources, tips, and equipment. i've listed different distributors below and my personal experiences with them. i will also have tabs for my songs and other cool content.
When i made my first few songs, i had them up on soundcloud. it WAS free and Easy to upload ANY content. MOST OF MY FRIENDS DIDN'T USE SOUNDCLOUD MUCH AND THEY'D CONSTANTLY ASK ME TO PUT MY MUSIC UP ON SPOTIFY. I ALWAYS THOUGHT GETTING YOUR MUSIC UP ON ITUNES AND SPOTIFY REQUIRED A RECORD LABEL OR SOME SHIT. YOU DON'T. FUCK A LABEL. AFTER SOME RESEARCH, I FOUND SEVERAL OPTIONS to GET MY MUSIC UP ON ALL STORES. THEY ALL HAVE THEIR PROS AND CONS BUT I'LL LIST SOME OF MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH THE DISTRIBUTORS I FOUND. I HOPE THIS HELPS. STAY INDEPENDENT.
FOUNDED BY PHILIP J. KAPLAN, "DISTROKID" IS AN INDEPENDENT MUSIC DISTRIBUTION SERVICE. THIS IS THE PERFECT DISTRIBUTOR IF YOU'RE JUST STARTING OUT. THEY HAVE THREE PLANS: MUSICIAN, MUSICIAN PLUS, AND LABEL. I USED MUSICIAN, WHICH IS ONLY $19.99 A YEAR. YOU GET TO KEEP 100% OF YOUR STREAMING REVENUE MEANING ALL THE MONEY YOU GET FROM PLAYS ON SPOTIFY AND SHIT GO TO YOU.
- 100% REVENUE IS YOURS.
- UNLIMITED UPLOADS FOR $19.99 A YEAR.
- SUPPORT IS FAST AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE.
- OPTION TO UPLOAD SONG LYRICS FOR APPLE MUSIC.
- GUIDE TO SPOTIFY VERIFICATION.
- ADD ANY SONG CREDITS (PRODUCER, MIXER, ENGINEER, ETC).
- ADD SPLITS. SET UP PERCENTAGES OF STREAMING ROYALTIES TO BE SENT OUT TO OTHER PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THE TRACK.
- OPTION TO UPLOAD ARTIST PHOTO TO APPLE MUSIC (COMES WITH TEMPLATE).
- SPOTIFY ARTIST SEPARATION (FOR WHEN YOUR MUSIC GETS LISTED UNDER ANOTHER ARTIST WITH THE SAME NAME, THEY WILL SORT IT OUT AND GIVE YOU YOUR OWN PAGE).
- streaming royalties can be sent to you in many payment methods. via paypal, direct deposit, check sent in mail, etc.
- no playlisting or editors.
- royalties take 2-3 months to show up after the song has been released.
- support is email-only.
TUNECORE IS THE FIRST DISTRIBUTOR I EVER USED. THIS one is okay, i guess. it's credit based meaning you pay per song or album. as far as features go, it's ALMOST the same as distroKID. THEY OFFER PHYSICAL CD PRINTING, COVER SONG LICENSES, AND MIXING/MASTERING SERVICES FOR EXTRA $$$. I ABANDONED TUNECORE AFTER FINDING DISTROKID AND IF YOU COMPARE THE TWO YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY.
THE PRICING IS WEIRD HERE. IF YOU'RE ONLY TRYING TO UPLOAD A SONG OR TWO IN A YEAR, THEN THIS IS FOR YOU. IF YOU'RE CONSTANTLY UPLOADING SINGLES YEAR ROUND, THEN I RECOMMEND DISTROKID.
3. LEVEL MUSIC
EDIT: SINCE IT IS IN ITS BETA STAGES, LEVEL DID HAVE TROUBLE REPORTING MY ROYALTIES ACCURATELY AND THE MONEY WOULD BE DELAYED. IT WOULD TAKE A LONG TIME FOR IT TO HIT MY ACCOUNT. NOT TOO PLEASED WITH THIS SERVICE BUT HOPING THEY IMPROVE.
level music reached out to me a few months back. they're in their beta stages, so they're still fresh in the world of distribution services. they promise you 100% of streaming royalties and since it is in its beta stages: it's free.
the layout is aesthetically pleasing and the site is easy to navigate. i have released "boy" and "u got my" through level music so far. payment method to withdraw your earnings is paypal only.
the thing with level is that they pitch you to playlists meaning that they send your music to people for playlist approval and that's how you rack listens up on stores. i've been added to apple music's 'indie pop' and 'the plug' since i used level. this is still a very new concept for distribution services and it is helping a lot of artists gain exposure and listens. this would result in bigger royalties as well, meaning $$$ for your music. support is also very fast and email-only.
my only con: i wish it had distrokid features. apple music profile photo support. lyric additions. it is still in beta stages, so i hope this will change.