Detroit-born JMSN is a singer-songwriter creating soulful R&B who now resides in LA. He’s just returned from a 7-week US tour after releasing his third album,”It Is.” Hear his nuggets of advice on moving forward and mastering your craft as an independent artist.
What are your most important learnings and reminders as an independent artist?
That you are in control of your own destiny. If you want something to happen, you have to take all the necessary steps to make it happen and you can’t skip any steps.
You just completed a 7-week US tour with a live band and soon head over to Europe and Asia. How does touring consistently and often progress you as an artist and musician?
Yes 100%. You have to get out there and perform these songs and bring them to life and master your craft and musicianship.
Before your latest album “It Is” was released in May, you promoted it to fans by sharing your phone number for people to text you in exchange for previews. How was this process of engaging with fans?
It was good. It had a lot of interesting situations unfold.
How has SoundCloud played a role in your career so far?
Its great for easy sharing of music through the internet which leads to discovery.
What advice would you give to new artists looking to build an audience?
Do you and keep going.
What are your next goals and moves that we should look forward to in the coming months?
Working on another album I will put out this year and continue to tour.
SoundCloud is built for discovery; for the magic moment when you’re blown away by an artist you’ve never heard before. Connecting listeners to new artists and artists to new listeners is what we do.
Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve started rolling out our newest discovery feature, Suggested Tracks, across all SoundCloud platforms. It uses your listening activity to automatically find new tracks and artists – ones that you’ve likely never heard before, but are similar to the things you already know and love. And with 125 million tracks and counting on SoundCloud, there’s always more to discover.
Suggested Tracks makes use of our state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to deliver fresh new music and audio suggestions based on your likes and plays on SoundCloud – refreshing frequently with tracks you won’t find anywhere else. The more you use SoundCloud, the more the algorithm learns and perfects itself, day after day.
On the web, Suggested Tracks is the centerpiece of the new Discover tab we’ve added to your home screen experience. In our app, you’ll find Suggested Tracks in the Search field – easily accessible by tapping the magnifying glass icon in the footer (iOS) or header (Android) of the app.
Ready to get started?
- If you’ve been listening on SoundCloud for a while, head over to Search in the app or the Discover tab on web – your suggested tracks are already waiting.
- If you’re new to SoundCloud or don’t see many suggestions, we’ll need to learn more about your tastes. Dive into SoundCloud’s huge community of music and audio creators and let us know what you like by listening to or liking a few tracks. You’ll soon find suggested tracks based on your activity.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing even more ways for you to uncover new favorites on SoundCloud. Stay tuned.