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.
Earlier this year, we launched the ability to start a Station – a radio like stream of similar content – from any track on SoundCloud. Simply tap the three dot overflow menu button on any track in our app to access the Stations feature. We’ve built Stations to be straight-forward and simple to use. It’s one of the easiest ways to discover new music and audio relevant to your tastes on SoundCloud.
Today, we’re launching the next step in the evolution of the Stations feature. You can now start Stations from the profile pages of all artists on SoundCloud in our app. Tap “Start Station” on any artist profile for a lean back, seamless listening experience full of tracks similar to the artist you started the station from.
Just like Stations you’ve started from tracks, Stations started from an artist profile will be saved to your Collection so that you can easily revisit them later. The tracks in a Station are refreshed every time you start one again and you can also skip as often as you’d like while listening.
How does it work? The algorithm behind Stations serves content in a different way than the Suggested Tracks feature we recently launched. Stations serve a longer queue of songs that are a mixture of similar, new, and popular tracks related to the track or artist you started the Station from, for an experience closer to listening to the radio.
If you have a SoundCloud Go subscription, tracks from the entire 125 million strong catalog will show up in Stations and Suggested Tracks. If you use SoundCloud for free, you’ll still be able to listen to tens of millions of tracks with both features.
The potential for discovery on SoundCloud is virtually limitless. Stations and Suggested Tracks are part of a larger effort we’re undertaking to make it easier for you to find new artists to love and revisit the artists you already do.
Tapping into Stations Like the Suggested Tracks feature, we’ve also added Suggested Stations in the app Search tab. Your experience may be slightly different depending on how long you’ve been a SoundCloud user.
Existing listeners: Your Suggested Stations include Stations personalized for you based on the artists you’ve liked and listened to the most.
New listeners: If you’ve never played a track before, the algorithm needs some info to get started. We’ll give you a list of the top Stations based on artists on SoundCloud to get started.