SoundCloud How to optimize your SoundCloud tracks

If you want your tracks to be heard by the widest possible audience it’s important to make them easy to find on SoundCloud as well as the wider web. Read on for pro tips on how to get your tracks in front of the right people.  

Keep your track, album, and playlist titles clean

We’re not talking about censorship here. We’re talking about all those time you were told as a kid to tidy your room. The same principle applies. A tidy track title helps fans know exactly what they’re listening to.

Avoid duplicating information that’s displayed elsewhere. There’s no need to add track numbers to your title when uploading an album.

Bad title: AllxxThexStars051418vfinal

Good tile: All The Stars

When uploading to an editorial or label account, title your tracks as “Artist Name – Track Title” to ensure the artist is identified and a track isn’t attributed just to the SoundCloud account.

If you’re a podcaster or a journalist who is sharing audio on SoundCloud include important information such as the names of guests and discussion topics in the title. This helps with searches and discoverability.

Make the most of images and descriptions

Your music shouldn’t just sound good, it should also look good. Upload artwork for your tracks and albums. The higher resolution – the better. You can zoom and reposition your artwork or images during the upload process to get the perfect fit.

The descriptions of your tracks and albums are the perfect place to share extra information: include a track’s backstory, add credits, lyrics, gear lists, or guest lists. To give a shout out to collaborators and feature artists, add links to their SoundCloud profiles.

The bottom line: be consistent with your information and your writing style whatever way you choose to present your tracks. It will look more professional.  

SoundCloud genre and mood tags are important

SoundCloud uses an algorithm to recommend tracks to users so it’s important to tag your tracks with accurate genre information.

In addition to selecting a main genre, tag your tracks with a few relevant sub-genres and any moods that you think describe the track. It’s better to add a handful of relevant tags rather than go crazy and add as many as you can.

If you’re an audio creator, make sure that your first tag corresponds to one of the main audio categories in Charts. Next, work your way from general terms such as “podcast” to more specific ones such as “NPR” (if, for example, NPR is your thing). It also helps to include the names of guests or geographical places that are discussed.

Build your own SoundCloud discography

Playlists marked as an album, EP, single, or compilation will be displayed in the albums section of your profile. They will be listed in order of release date to make it easier for your fans to find what they’re looking for and save it to their own collection.

If you want to dig into your own archive and upload some old tracks they will be displayed in your discography without taking attention away from your most-recent tracks.

How to edit multiple tracks at once

We have good news if you think updating tracks one at a time seems like a drag (Narrator: It is). You can make changes – update settings, tags, and artwork – to multiple tracks at once and also create a new playlist from a selection of uploads. To update multiple tracks go to soundcloud.com/you/tracks. Select the tracks you want to change and then click Edit or Add to playlist to make your changes.

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Use your bio to get the attention of SoundCloud users

Consider your bio as your five-second chance to convince SoundCloud users why they should care about your tracks and listen to them. Tell them something about you in two (or three) short sentences. Seriously. That’s all the space and time you have got. Don’t mess around here.

It’s good to share: add links to your SoundCloud profile

It’s OK – we know you’re not cheating on SoundCloud if you use other social media accounts. The idea is to get your tracks to as many people as possible and for as many people as possible to know about what you have created.

Click on Links to add websites and social media accounts associated with your tracks. This can be your band or podcast homepage or maybe a venue or festival you’re performing at. Don’t be shy. This is a chance for fans to find you and stay up-to-date on what you are doing. Bonus: If you add a link to a Songkick or Bandpage URL to your profile we will automatically display your upcoming shows on your SoundCloud profile.

How to showcase your best work on SoundCloud

If you’re a Pro or Pro Unlimited user, use the Spotlight function to list up to five tracks or playlists at the top of your profile. Tracks listed on Spotlight will be highlighted on your profile. Other tracks will be displayed – with most recent at the top – underneath spotlighted tracks.

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.

SoundCloud First beat to first break: Galimatias’ First on SoundCloud story

From day one, Galimatias was on SoundCloud. The Danish producer joined SoundCloud as a teenager and uploaded his first track within a month. He used the platform as a sounding board, tapping into the unique, ever-present community of creators for inspiration and motivation. “I met guys from all over the world,” Galimatias says. “We were arranging online beat battles with the comments. I had 0 followers but built my initial community through it.”

Yet there was one SoundCloud connection that impacted Galimatias’ career more than any other. In 2013, Cleveland singer Alina Baraz discovered Galimatias’ page and immediately responded to his hazy, bass-heavy instrumentals. She recorded her own melodies and lyrics over his beats and uploaded the results to her own SoundCloud. Despite the thousands of miles dividing them (Ohio is quite a ways away from Denmark), the two artists began to collaborate, eventually releasing an eight-song EP, Urban Flora, in 2015. Galimatias and Baraz’ unique blend of dreamy vocals and sultry R&B beats drew massive critical acclaim and received over 120 million plays on SoundCloud.     

Galimatias is currently working on his next solo release, experimenting with new ways to use his own voice and push the boundaries of electronic music and R&B. Wherever Galimatias’ journey takes him, we’re proud of where it all started – right here, on SoundCloud.

Listen to the latest music from Galimatias, including his newest track “South,” featured in the video above, on SoundCloud now.