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SoundCloud How do I set up my profile on SoundCloud?

Your SoundCloud profile is often the first thing other users see about you (even before they like your track) so it’s important to create a profile that truly represents what you are about. It’s simple to set up your profile but details are important to make sure you get noticed.

How to edit your SoundCloud profile

Sign into your account on Soundcloud.com and look for your name in the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on Profile from the dropdown box. Click on Edit and you will now be able to edit your profile.

The difference between a Display Name and a Profile URL on your SoundCloud account

Your Display Name and Profile URL are two separate but related parts that require attention when you create your profile. These two elements are what other SoundCloud users and the public will see. It’s important to get this part right.

If you are a band – use your band’s name for your Display Name. If you are a solo performer – use the name you perform under. If you are uploading episodes of a podcast – use the podcast name. A Display Name doesn’t need to be unique so don’t use the word “official” or numbers (unless numbers are part of your name). The cleaner your display name is, the better your profile will look on SoundCloud and the more professional it will look when it is embedded on other sites and apps. Importantly, it will also be easier for search engines to find you.

Your Profile URL has to be unique. It will be shared all over the internet. Pick something quick and easy to remember but pick something that will look good as a URL when you share it. If you are building a profile for a doom metal band using something like “soundcloud.com/cutekittens453” as your Profile URL is probably not the best idea you have had. Or maybe it is. Check with your drummer.

How to set up a great profile image

There are two images you should think about here. Like other accounts you have on the web or in apps, your profile photo should be an image that helps fans and other users find you. It’s important to select an image that represents you or your tracks accurately and sends a message about what you represent.

In Edit Your Profile, click on the round circle. Choose a photo or a logo you want to use. Keep in mind that the image you choose will be displayed in a circle on your SoundCloud profile. You can zoom and reposition your profile image during the upload process to get the perfect fit. We suggest a minimum 800 x 800 pixel resolution.

You can add another layer to your profile and make it stand out by adding a profile header image. This is another photo that can cropped or repositioned for maximum impact. This image will be displayed as a horizontal or landscape image so select something that works well in that format. This banner image is a great pace to feature the project you are currently promoting, like a track, EP, album or tour.

 

 

 

This article is part of an on-going series featuring tips and advice aimed at helping you promote yourself as an artist, build a loyal audience, and make the most of your presence on SoundCloud. 

Alex Announcing our partnership with Sony Music

Today, we’re happy to announce more big news for the SoundCloud community: our deal with Sony Music Entertainment is now complete. With more than 110 million tracks on the platform, the addition of SME’s repertoire will make SoundCloud even more vast and diverse.

 

What does this mean for listeners?

If you’re a SoundCloud listener, this means you’ll get even more tracks to discover and enjoy. You’ll soon have access to music from SME’s exceptional roster of emerging artists and global superstars.

 

What does this mean for creators?

If you’re an artist signed to SME or its affiliated and distributed labels, including those distributed by The Orchard and RED Distribution, you’ll now have a way to make money off your tracks on SoundCloud. You’ll also get access to SoundCloud’s promotional tools, analysis and data in order to build deeper direct relationships with your fans.

If you’re not directly signed to Sony, there’s still good news. This deal further strengthens SoundCloud’s unique ecosystem as a place where all forms of music and audio creation can live.

 

 

Having deals in place with all three major music labels means we can continue to build a unique platform and empower our community of more than 18 million artists to share their work and connect directly with their fans. It also means listeners will have even more excellent music and audio to discover.  

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Jane Three music career tips we learned at the SoundCloud Artist Forum

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Last Thursday in Los Angeles, we hosted our first SoundCloud Artist Forum.

So, what’s an artist forum? And why have one?

Our main goal was to bring members of the SoundCloud team, local creators, managers and others in the industry together in one space to connect with and learn from each other. In addition to sharing our story, we heard direct feedback from artists and managers about their experiences of and ideas for the future of SoundCloud.

We also got the opportunity to learn a few valuable tips for jumpstarting and building a career on SoundCloud from some of the creators and industry insiders who use our platform most:

 

1. Build and grow:

Use SoundCloud to establish your creative identity and have authentic interactions with fans.

“Not being pigeonholed or typecast means that you can grow as an artist.” – Asher Roth

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While SoundCloud’s main purpose is to make it easy for you to share all your work in one place, it’s also an opportunity to build your identity with your followers. When creating the product, we think a lot about allowing you to fully express who you are. Hip hop artist Asher Roth recommends you make use of that aspect of the platform.

In his Q&A session, we asked how he evolved and rebranded himself after moving from a major label to an independent artist. He focused on using SoundCloud as a tool to express true creativity.

“Using SoundCloud allows you to introduce yourself as a person through your music rather than as a product…SoundCloud brings people from all walks of life connected by a tune. SoundCloud allows you to have authentic conversations with your fans. You can watch people find their voice on SoundCloud. Not being pigeonholed or typecast means that you can grow as an artist.

SoundCloud helps you stay relevant – you can have a genuine connection with your fan base and see their immediate reactions to your work. It doesn’t rush things, means you can organically cultivate yourself and your expression as an artist.”

 

2. Give and take:

Ask for feedback and return the favor.

“I found a majority of my producers through SoundCloud.” – King avriel

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We learned so much from sharing more about our vision and growth with the artists and managers who were present at the Forum. Hearing direct feedback was a reminder that we need to continue to keep our channels open so we can grow together. Your ideas help us build a better product and, in turn, a greater community.

Having active conversations within our usual communities is important, but it’s also important to have broader conversations with each other. SoundCloud enables artists to share work and receive and provide meaningful feedback from their immediate circles and beyond. There is a mutual benefit when feedback is given and received.

R&B singer King avriel noted that communicating with a wider network on SoundCloud helps to spark new opportunities.

“I found a majority of my producers through SoundCloud. They were mostly obscure producers that people would point me in the direction to. They told me, ‘Even if they had 50 or 100 followers, you should check them out.’ I did, liked their work, it was easy to communicate with them, and next thing I knew, I was flying across the country to do a session with them.”

 

3. Stats and crafts:

Sure, track your progress, but most importantly, hone your skills.

Numbers aren’t everything; continuing to reach new potential fans is.” – Brice Omesher

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At the Forum, we shared some compelling numbers about our growth as a global platform (for example, SoundCloud now has more than 100M tracks available and 175 million unique users on a monthly basis). As a company, we check our stats a lot. Creators building new audiences and new careers should too. After all, the stats functionality on SoundCloud is here to help you grow your career.

That said, artist manager Brice Omesher, who manages artists like Sweater Beats and Falcons, said that while he believes stats are important, staying focused on improving your craft and connecting with new fans is truly the key.

“Numbers aren’t everything; continuing to reach new potential fans is. Asher Roth has sold hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of records over his career. However, having done the mainstream and major label route, SoundCloud has offered him a new avenue to reach fans that may have never been interested in the previous channels. For some this may not be the end goal, but it is an important area for any and all artists looking to maintain growth and SoundCloud enables this.”

The opportunity to come together in one place for Artist Forums allows us to share and hear how you all fit into the vision of SoundCloud. The artist community is an integral part of our vision and the future, despite the challenges we face to get to where we want to go.  

We hope to do more of these forums in the future in different locations. Have ideas about where we should hold the next Artist Forum and what it should cover? Let us know.