10 May 2023 < 1 minute read • Live: In Conversation
Streaming: Tools for Musicians to Succeed
“When I first hear a song, it doesn’t matter if it was released today, one year ago or 10 years ago. It’s new to me, the moment I first hear it, and that’s the same for your fans.”
Our guest on today’s episode is Mike Warner, founder of Work Hard Playlist Hard – The DIY playlist guide for Artists and Curators. Mike is also the Head of Editorial Marketing Partnerships for North America at Believe, the global music distributor. As the go-to authority at the forefront of the digital music world, for all things streaming, we get into it with Mike. Find out how he got started as a DJ in Australia and then eventually made his way to California. How unemployment can lead to some great ideas, opportunities and even a book. Let’s find out about the path that led to Mike eventually ending up at Believe USA for his day job, yes he loves a day job. Throughout this episode, Marc brings a bucket of questions to the table. Mike gets more specific about some excellent strategies, timelines and how to approach building a team. He also explains a few unique ways artists can get noticed by the many Digital Service Providers (DSP) out there.
The biggest lessons offered up:
Don’t give up and don’t ignore any of the streaming services.
Artists should always be talking about their work no matter when the music was released.
A song is “new” the moment people hear it, even if it is 1 or 10 years old.