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How To Get Your First 1000 SoundCloud Followers In 16 Steps

Your 1st 1000 SoundCloud Followers-min

So, you’ve created a KILLER new track, hit the upload button, and then waited for the first 1000 SoundCloud followers to start pouring in to hear your brilliant new musical masterpiece.

Unfortunately, all you heard were crickets. Of course your cousin visited the site and said it was AWESOME. He’s your #1 fan 🙂

But he’s also your ONLY supporter…

Because you’re missing a critical piece of the puzzle:

It doesn’t matter how great your music is. Without actively promoting your music, your SoundCloud page is STILL going to be a ghost town.

If a tree falls down in the woods does it make a sound? It’s the same deal with your music – even the most amazing song in the world will not make heads nod if no one hears it.

So you’ve got to do this: Spend one third of your time creating epic music. And spend two thirds of your time promoting that music.

I can hear some people complaining now…. “But Luke, it took me an entire week to write that new track. I don’t have time to now go out and spend hours promoting it.”
If that’s the case – you probably don’t have time to build a large following of your music and this article probably isn’t for you.

But… if you want to get your first 1000 followers on SoundCloud – then grab a fresh cup of coffee and let’s get ROCKIN 🙂

1. Make EPIC music regularly

If you never finish any of your loops and WiPs, or if you’re too scared of criticism, then you’re not going to get far.

You have to force yourself to COMPLETE your tracks, and spend time to make them sound awesome – they should not be too repetitive, they should not be overly complicated and difficult to listen to, they should make people feel something, whether it’s excitement or despair – whatever your intention is with the track.

You get the idea – make the best music you can, and make loads of it (see my 4 tips on productive time management for music production).

A lot of you might say that you don’t have the time, but it’s all about your priorities. Did you need to go out and sink 8 pints of beer last night, and be hungover all day today? Probably not. Could you have used that time and all of today to make some epic music instead?

Some of you may say that you don’t have the best DAW to make the best possible music (click here to see a comparison of Ableton Vs. Logic)

Resources

BassGorilla Pro Membership courses

Analogik.com – how to write great electronic music

2. Build your network of friends & connections

How will this help you? Once you have real friends with other SoundCloud users, they’ll help you promote your music in lots of different ways (that I’ll get into in a minute).

The key to developing real relationships is to show genuine interest and offer real value to others, instead of always thinking about what’s in it for you.

We’ve all seen those people who follow 2000 people (the maximum allowed number) and like everything in their dashboard, without properly engaging with you.

DON’T be another one of those guys – it’s obvious that you’re spam-liking and spam-following and that’s not a good look for you and your brand…

Here’s how to do it:

1. Find people whose music you like.

2. Like, repost, comment on their songs.

3. Find them on Facebook and like their Facebook page, then comment on their Facebook page

4. After a couple of weeks of steps 1, 2 and 3, send them a message on SoundCloud – ask them how they made this sound or that snare, and let them know that you’ve shared their music with your followers on SoundCloud, Facebook etc. Basically, get a conversation going and show them that you’re willing to help them out.

If you do this with 10 people, you’ll be able to reap a lot of benefits including growing your audience.

3. Google Plus Communities

Now when it comes to other social media sites, there are two that I highly recommend:

Facebook (this links to BassGorilla’s Facebook page – join us there!) and Google Plus.

Yes, it’s true. Google Plus is here to stay, and it’s a great told for getting hundreds of people to hear your new musical creation, regardless of how many followers you have.

First, you’ll need to set up a decent Google Plus profile, and then the real fun starts: Google Plus Communities.

These are the secret weapon inside G+. They are basically large groups of people based around common interests.

There are communities for almost every genre of music imaginable – house, dubstep, drum and bass – you name it!

Here’s more help with using G+ effectively: How to Market Your Content on Google Plus

Once you join some groups, you’ll see that there are a TON of interesting discussions and debates going on in G+.

Here’s what to do:

A. Start engaging with between 5 and 10 related communities.

What does this mean? – voting up other people’s posts – responding to other people’s posts – adding VALUE to the conversation

B. AFTER you’ve engaged with people, whenever you have a great new piece of music to share, just post a link to your sound cloud in your top 5 – 10 communities and ask people to share it and follow you on SoundCloud.

4. Facebook Groups If you’re already an avid Facebook fan, you’re probably already a member of some of the groups on there.

And there are many more on Facebook than there are on G+ (I still prefer G+ because it’s less crowded and there seem to be less brain-dead people on there compared with Facebook).

Here’s what you’ll do:

A. Search for your genre(s) of music and narrow your search to groups

B. Join 10 to 20 Facebook groups related to your kind of music

C. Search for groups related to equipment like Ableton, Logic Pro, Native Instruments and join some of those groups too

D. Engage in the conversation (just like I told you to do with G+ E. Once you have a musical masterpiece you want to share, drop a link in each of these groups.

Once you start making use of Facebook groups and Google Plus communities, you’ll see a real surge in the number of people listening to your music. As an example, I recently released a new drum and bass track on SoundCloud.

I usually get around 50 listens to my music each day, but by promoting my song on other social media platforms, I got close to 400 listens in one day:

Four more useful Facebook tips:

A. Ask your music producing friends to share your link to their followers on Facebook and G+ B.

Check your Facebook Analytics to see when the peak time is that most people are online, then schedule your status update to go out on that date C.

On your Facebook fan page, post the link several times during the first week that you publish your new song D.

Share your fan page’s status update on your own timeline Make sure you’re engaging and contributing to the conversation before you just drop a link to your own song like a douche.

5. Tagging

Make your music is searchable and easily findable for people searching for music in SoundCloud.

The more tags, the easier to find and the more plays you will get.

Here are some ideas for tags to give your new track: – genre tags (and related genres) – similar style record label names – similar artist names – adjectives that describe the mood of your song – other similar songs by other well known artists

5. Leave comments, and respond to comments people leave on your music.

And make sure that the comments you leave are useful, meaningful, and not just ‘rad’ or ‘sick’…

When you show that you’ve put some thought into your comment, it gets noticed, not just by the person whose song you are making a comment on, but by other people who listen to his or her song.

If people notice a pattern of you writing great comments, some of them will come and check your music out.

Also, the people who get your useful comments will appreciate it and will be more likely to check your profile out and follow you.

6. Collaborate with your new connections

Here’s the beauty of doing a collaboration: You do half the work and get extra exposure to all of their fan base as well as your own.

You also help your friend by letting him or her get exposure to all of your fan base! Collabing also helps you to discover new techniques and approaches to making music by seeing in depth how another person does it. This will help you grow your skills.

7. Get on the remix tip

Remix a popular song that is current and will be searched for by millions of people.

This can bring a ton of new listeners to your page, and if your remix is decent, you’ll convert a ton of those visitors into followers.

You can remix music of a similar genre to your own, or you can experiment and remix something completely different – see whether this gets better results or not.

How To Get Your First 1000 SoundCloud Followers

8. Forums – the unsung hero.

There is just about a forum for every type of music online, and millions of conversations are happening every day in forums.

You get laser targeted ears on your music, and it is completely free.

There is no other strategy that works as well as marketing your music in forums.

The approach here is just like with G+ Communities and Facebook Groups.

But remember – no one is gonna listen if you just post links to your own music without engaging with other people first and adding some value.

Contribute to conversations first, post links later.

Trust me, you’ll get a lot more exposure and you’ll also get to know a lot of cool peeps along the way!

Resources:

Dubstep Forum

Neurohop Forum

The Glitch Hop Forum

DNB Forum

House Music Forum

Future Music Forum

Gearsluts

Future Producers

idmforums.com

9. Get a great logo to use everywhere online

A big part of getting recognition for your music is in your branding.

Think about it – if you have a consistent logo image that people see around the web in forums, social media sites (including SoundCloud), over time they will become more familiar with you.

You have two options here:

A. Get good at using Photoshop or

B. Get a graphic designer to make it for you Now, if you don’t have any graphic design friends who can make it for free, you can pay as little as $5 to get your logo made on Fiverr.com Be sure to use your logo in your profiles in forums and all social media sites that you use.

This will reinforce your brand and make people more familiar with you over time.

10. Start publishing DJ mixes on SoundCloud

How can mixing songs together help you grow your SoundCloud following? Simple – by getting all the people whose music you feature in your mix to share the link on their SoundCloud profile (by reposting) and their Facebook fan page and G+ profiles, bringing in a ton of listeners and new followers in the process!

And guess what! You don’t need turntables to create a mix – you can do it in your DAW. And many people do! Find about 20 songs that you want to include in your mix.

A good chunk of them should be your friends’ mixes – friends you’ve made on SoundCloud. In the description, link out to all of the artists whose tracks you used and include a track list.

Ask them to repost it on SoundCloud (even if it is just for a week). Next, send a SoundCloud/Facebook message all of the people whose music you used and tell them you included their song in your mix, and ask them to share it on Facebook and G+.

You can even reach out to friends to get their music to use before you make your mix, meaning you can get some new tunes from them that haven’t been released yet, which will make your mix more interesting for people if you tell them about it.

Here’s another useful hint – think about whose music to feature.

If you include Skrillex or Deadmau5 music and then message them to ask them to share your mix with their fans, chances are that you won’t hear from them. Include people who will be happy that you promoted their music for them.

11. Start DJing around your local town or city

Even if you don’t get paid at first (which you more than likely will not), get your music out there by getting it heard in clubs and bars around town.

Playing out in bars and clubs will help you to make connections, see how people react to your music, build your fan base and have a blast while doing it! The connections you make from DJing will include many other DJs, who will play your music in their DJ sets (especially if you ask them to!).

In an interview I did with Papa Skunk, he explains how DJing has helped him grow his fan base much bigger, and how it has helped him earn some extra money and make great connections along the way!

12. Think about what to write in your new song’s SoundCloud description

One thing that The EDM Network’s SoundCloud promotion channels do to get more ears on the music they post is this:

Tell people to click the repost button if they like the song! Here’s an example of what they did with my track ‘Android Love’ on Glitchhop – The EDM Network

Encouraging people to share your music will result in more shares than not telling them to do so, and this will lead to more followers.

13. Join SoundCloud groups

Just like using G+ and Facebook communities, another thing you can do is use SoundCloud groups to share your music and get more ears on it.

Just search for groups by genre and other related keywords, join them and start sharing your music in them.

I recommend you to join around 100 groups. Why? Because you are able to share each song with up to 75 groups, even with a free SoundCloud account!

Focus on groups that have a large number of members and are closely related to your styles of music. The bigger the group, the more people will hear your music.

14. Consider going pro

So far, all of the points I have explained require no money (except if you decide to get a logo done on Fiverr.com).

However, you may want to think about upgrading your plan to make use of longer upload time. This can be very useful if you start posting DJ mixes.

The other advantages of going pro are the spotlight feature and statistics (which I don’t think will help you grow your audience, so I’m not recommending it).

15. Offer your own tracks for remixing

by making it obvious in the title of your track that you are offering the track for remixing, you might get some unexpected and pleasing results. If people are remixing your tracks and sharing their remixes with their fans, that will in turn help to get your name out there.

16. Never fake it

Perhaps you’ve heard of the amount of people who spend money to buy fake likes and followers on SoundCloud, Facebook and other social sites these days. In fact, according to Aaron Simpson of Simplify Recordings, the problem has become an epidemic in the music industry.

At the end of the day, it is obvious when you are taking shortcuts to appear to be more popular than you actually are, and when people smell a rat, it’s not a god look. Sure, everyone wants recognition for what they do, but people respect recognition that’s earned, not bought. In conclusion, you’ll hopefully see that the benefits you’ll get out of SoundCloud are directly related to how much effort you put into it (in much the same way as the rest of life!)

If reaching your first 1000 SoundCloud followers is your ultimate goal at the moment, hopefully these tips will help you. Stay positive and happy producing and promoting!

53 replies
  1. GangstaFish says:

    Very very nice article Luke. I wasn’t expecting to learn much (I don’t know why because I always learn something from BassGorilla) but I picked up 3 things i hadn’t ever thought of before. Keep the amazing articles coming <3

  2. de maine says:

    Good article. Dont forget to mention Reddit though! Its a gold mine for plays and follows. If you post your music in the right sub-reddits with interesting titles sometimes magic can happen. The music has to be good though. An example

    http://www.reddit.com/r/listentothis/comments/1d0f88/dank_sinatra_high_times_electroswing_one_for/

    That one got me 5,000 plays and 90 followers in 2 days or something.

    Also that emusic tips link you posted is broken – http://emusictips.com/2008/08/top-10-signs-your-electronic-music-is-amateur/

  3. State of Psychosis says:

    here’s a FREE tool you absolutely have to add to your article:

    http://www.cloudkillers.com/?aff=25109

    Okay I’ll explain how it works..

    instead of commenting on other people’s tracks on sc and rarely getting any love back..
    this will earn you points/luck while you comment and the points/luck will get you comments back from other people on the site.

    You can earn thousands of comments this way in a short period of time and it’s much better than those sites that make you pay for fake bot comments.

    This way you get real useful, constructive feedback as well. when people think your track isn’t up to par they aren’t allowed to bash each other’s music. they gotta tell them what to fix instead 😉 you learn and grow a lot faster with a community of 50,000 people helping you. especially since there’s a live chat there with professionals mingling with beginners.

    You earn a lot of followers if you’re nice and helpful with your comments. people will appreciate it. and if your music is good you will get a lot of likes and followers that way to as people run into your stuff.

    Anyways, I’m almost at 100,000 plays, over 50,000 comments, etc because of this site and climbing so you’d be crazy not to join 🙂 especially since it’s free.

  4. Tryptic says:

    [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138777811″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

  5. bassgorilla says:

    I mean dropping a link to your track on the comments of a blog is one option to consider, but if you don’t leave any comments or valuable insight/thoughts on what was written, and just drop a link, a lot of people might see this as spammy and not follow you. Just sayin’…

    • Astradhiir says:

      Well said!
      I like what you said, and the secret to promoting is… there is no secret! Just do it!
      The very best at it got there by their own merit so… we have to learn with those 🙂

      • bassgorilla says:

        I agree with Astradhiir! Making a sick tune is one thing but getting it
        heard by people is another – it’s not just a case of uploading it to
        social media then saying you’re done… If you’re proud of it, share
        that shit around!

  6. KingAve says:

    Not only did I read this entire blog entry, but I read the comments as well. And if it worked at all for the people below me (which I’m not sure it did) I might as well try as well. If you like Hip Hop / Rap music, come check out my SoundCloud. Here’s one of my favorite tracks. If you like, give me a follow or a comment and I’ll check you out!

    -King Ave

    https://soundcloud.com/kingavepdx/the-zone

  7. Colm Hackett says:

    Dude this blog is great! Found it very useful, especially the bit about prioritizing your music making, and constantly releasing tracks. If people like something, they tend to want a lot of content (a few homemade videos don’t go astray)

  8. Meresha says:

    These are some of the best tips I have seen about soundcloud. Thank you so much! Preparing a live set is the most complex thing for me, right now I’m trying to make as many songs as possible to have something to work with. Here’s my most recent song if you wish to see https://soundcloud.com/meresha/fool-dont-be 🙂

    • bassgorilla says:

      Thanks Bryan, glad it helped you! Promoting your music is just as important as making it if you want it to be heard by more people!

  9. barney says:

    hi. i’ve only just registered on soundcloud after using another platform for about 2 years. i’m not going to mention what that other platform was but it had this problem where ALL of the people fanning/following me were other musicians hoping i’d return the favour(i could check my song stats after being fanned by someone and notice that no numbers have increased). at some point, i started treating it as a kind of charity work…since there’s every possibility that i’ll never be heard, i thought i would find spiritual happiness in giving them what i might never have: ears that listen. i started listening to all their songs and giving genuine feedback before fanning them back, and even then, most of them don’t even reply, haha. so what i’d like to know is: is there any reason to believe that soundcloud has more users who are actually only there to hear music? r there a lot of ordinary ppl out there who don’t play any instrument or produce anything but check on soundcloud every now and then just to discover stuff?

  10. Axion says:

    Thank you for all the suggestions. I have to say that I have tried a few of these things (commenting on tracks, remixing, joining group discussions, liking people’s tracks) without much success. I don’t know why but I am just having a hard time getting followers. Will definitely try out some of these other ideas though. If anyone wants feedback on their track feel free to contact me… I don’t bite 😉

  11. Cameron DjCambles Coles says:

    I never would have thought of some of these! Thanks so much, seems the first 1000 followers is a bit of a milestone to reach. But hopefully not anymore with this bit of knowledge 🙂

  12. studio 6/49 Audio Design says:

    Great article, but I think on a legal way musicians will not have success on SoundCloud with that.

    Today I saw a SoundCloud profile of a non famous artist or band (I don’t know what kind of interpret they/he/she/it is/are). And this unknown artist has got more than 440.000 plays for one of his tracks, after only three month!! Because of that he gets into the list of Trending Music in SoundCloud. He has got more than 9.000 followers. Ok, it’s a lot. But sorry – he is a totally unknown artist. Even Madonna hasn’t got so many plays for her new song on SoundCloud like this artist and Madonna has got more than 1.500.000 followers.

    That’s the problem. When you don’t pay for followers and plays you never will get famous on SoundCloud as a musician. For honoured artists this should not be an option. I think SoundCloud has to find a solution to protect their platform against those cheaters to get back to a fair competition between all artists.

  13. AndruGreenwood says:

    I’m really glad to read this article!! You are saying everything I’ve been telling fellow musicians for years! It use to frustrate me when I warned artist “Don’t buy those views! Stay honest and improve your work – you’re gonna be in a world of pain if one day someone exposes you’re a fraud!” – then notice later they’d completely ignored my advice. I decided long ago that if I couldn’t get those natural views without putting my integrity on the line – then I need to take the time and improve my music, socialize more and/or contribute to music communities! The more I socialize and develop friends across the globe – the more those friends share my music. I now have over eight thousand followers on twitter and almost 20 fantastic people who tweet my tunes regularly. We’ve become a society that wants everything super fast and to be honest – that’s not really good in the entertainment business. It takes time to develop skills and it also has taken me some time to ease into performing live, because it can be a really intense feeling to have so many people depending on you! If you don’t genuinely have what you’ve pretended to have, then you’re either going to be lost or chewed up and spit out of this industry (and be smeared cause you lied about your popularity). When opportunity knocks – better be prepared for it and have the “goods.” I’m so thankful I never bought friends or views – because now … decision makers are becoming experts at spotting a fraud and it’s fast becoming a boardroom joke in the industry. When you seriously think about it – it’s a lie – plain and simple. Thankful for this article – looking forward to reading more of your great work in the future!! Peace!

  14. Rhys Glover says:

    Thanks for this very informative article man, it has helped me greatly!

    One thing I would just like to ask you though?:

    I’ve made lots of remix tracks on my SC for the past 3 months and found myself getting a pretty decent (but by no means big) following and play/fav/repost count and pretty much neglected to smarten up on the SD platform and only recently discovered the whole groups thing! haha,

    But yeah, i decided to join lots of dubstep/dnb etc groups to match my remixes and then went through all the popular /original songs and added them to the appropriate groups..

    Now, I have been getting a pretty good play count since and lots of notifications, and all was cool until I realised that around 80% of these reposters had long 1 word names with about 3 max followers all featuring the ‘Social Risers’ poster as their avatar pics and it got me a little worried really..

    Thing is, I have not paid a penny to anyone and to be honest I completely agree with all your points and being on-the-ball, so I thought adding my best remixes to a load of groups would be the most genuine way of getting better exposure, But, after having so many of these posters do this it just got me thinking that somehow I was being spammed somehow (quite confusing), will these ‘reposts’ really affect me in a bad way? Should I report it to SC? I’m kinda happy about it because it’s getting a wider audience by atleast 3 people who follow the ‘Social Risers’ but a bit wary at the same time… Anybody have any experience with this?

    I really hate spam in all shapes and forms, I just don’t want my page that I’ve worked so hard on to be lumbered in with this ‘Social Risers’ thing and ultimately terminated (I have just under 150 Songs on there!)….

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated guys 😀

    Thanks…

  15. George Simpson says:

    But the question unanswered: does play count/followers actually matter. As far as i know it doesn’t get more searchability, or does it? A label will care to a point (like wondering why you might have zero and 20 plays after a year), but ultimately will listen to the music, same goes for getting gigs. It made me sad to hear the suggestion of cutting down music making time, its not always the ‘hours’ put in but the means of inspiration which might disappear hanging around soundcloud all day, maybe not, but if the aim is to get plays on soundcloud it seems misguided- why is that an aim for anyone- its surely a stepping stone to something- if it works?

    • Aaron J Curtis says:

      Probably does matter especially to a record label pushing a new artist, i’d say they’d do pretty much anything to give their new artist an edge. I’d say paid for followers are only useful for attracting REAL followers.

      Yeah it’s tough being musician AND marketer.

  16. Hi-laww says:

    Hi, I am a developer and also a musician. And I created a website that allow bulk following/unfollowing on soundcloud (in a reasonable way). Because of SoundCloud being similar to Twitter, follow many account is a good way to get more followers. This way you can get hundreds of followers in a few weeks. Here is my website : http://www.social-apimanagement.hilaww.com/

  17. Mark Moore says:

    Wise words indeed-its so very easy to neglect the promoting and there are some great tips here.

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