How To Get People To Listen To Your Music

If you are a musician, singer, composer, mixing engineer, or a band you may be wondering, “How To Get People To Listen To Your Music?” Some people are open to music suggestions from others and some people could care less but, everyone listens to music. You have to give people a reason to listen to your music.

How To Get People To Listen To Your Music

You have to make your music available. If people can’t access your music, they can’t listen to it and purchase it. Create your own website as a home base, post your music on your social media pages, start a YouTube channel, post your music on Spotify, Amazon Music, CD Baby and other online sources where people go to listen to music and purchase music. Live performances are a great way to get your music heard, network, and build a fan base. Create good music and expose it to the public online and offline to start getting people to listen to your music. Learn more about online marketing. The internet provides you with many ways to get your music heard and millions of possible fans.

Ways To Promote Your Music Online

You need to build an online presence today and make your music available to be listened to.

Start networking online with other people in the music business.

Introduce yourself, share your knowledge, share your music, and help others.

Here are some great ways to start sharing your music online and build an online presence.

Build Your Own Website

Build Your Own Website

You need to build or setup your own website.

Your website will be your home base where people can always find you and your music.

Your website will provide a place where people can listen to your music, get in touch with you, learn more about who you are, read about your adventures and upcoming shows, and provides helpful information people will enjoy reading.

You can build a website that will attract hundreds or thousands of people every day who are interested in the information you have available on your website and blog.

A blog / website is a great way to truly connect with people and share your music.

If you want to learn more about how to create your own website / blog and how to get the attention of Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines click here.

Music Blogs

A blog is always connected to a website.

Really, the blog is the websites content that people love to read and share.

Blogs are a great way to create informational articles about products you like to use and why you like the products.

Blogs are a great way to share your stories and connect with people.

You should also read other artist and music professionals blogs and like, share, and comment where appropriate.

Start your own website and blog and become active on other people’s blogs that you have common interest with.

Be helpful, offer advice, ask questions, and people will find value in what you are putting out.

Other people will want to connect with you and visit your website / blog.

Online Radio Stations And Podcast

If you are an artist, musician, or engineer go to online radio stations and podcast that you have an interest in.

Often times online radio stations and podcast have a blog where they connect with their fans.

Become active on the blog by asking questions, offering comments, and sharing your input and expertise on the music the radio stations and podcast are playing.

You can share your thoughts, share your experiences, and let others know about your website and where people with like minds can connect with you.

Be helpful, be respectful, and do not spam other people’s blogs and websites.

Simply become active with the radio stations and blogs that you have a genuine interest in.


Start your own YouTube Channel.

YouTube is a great way to start getting exposure and building a fan base.

Create your own videos sharing your music.

If you have a home studio you can create videos showing the production side of your music.

If you are an artist, you can create videos documenting how your songs came about and the production process.

People love videos and this should be a part of your strategy to build a following and connect with people.

You can also link your website / blog to your YouTube channel so people can easily connect on both platforms.

Music Forums

There are thousands of different music forums online.

Find some music forums that support the type of music that you like and become active on the music forums.

Just like we talked about becoming active on blogs, share your ideas, be helpful, and become an authority and someone people like and trust on the music forums.

You can share your input, your ideas, your experiences, and truly connect with people.

You can share your website / blog, YouTube channel, and people will visit your website and YouTube channel if they see value in what you are putting out.

Again, do not spam other people’s forums, blogs, and YouTube channels.

Online Streaming Services

You should place your music with online streaming services like BandCamp, SoundCloud, Spotify, etc.

BandCamp and SoundCloud allow artist to place an email link where people can connect with you.

I like this idea because fans can connect directly with you as the artist.

You can also share your website so people can visit your website and get connected with you.

When you place your music with online streaming services this gives you the opportunity to start making some money with your songs and allows you to start building a fan base that you can interact with.

Online Collaboration Services

If you are an artist, musician, or mixing and mastering engineer, online collaboration services are a great way to get noticed and work with other people around the world.

You can offer your services as a vocalist, musician, or a mixing engineer and have the opportunity to meet and work with other people who like your music and have similar taste and likes.

This is a great way to build a fan base and connect with other people in the business.

You can gain a following of people who love to create music and get referrals from them.

Here is a list of some online collaboration services you can check out if you want.

  • Splice
  • BeatStars
  • Vocalizr
  • Kompoz
  • ProCollabs
  • Melboss
  • SoundTrap

Of course, there are other online collaboration sites. I just wanted to give you an idea of some sites you can check out.

Social Media

Don’t underestimate social media.

Social media is a great place to share your music, share your website and YouTube channel and connect with other people in the business.

Social media is a great place to interact with your fans and clients and build a following.

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Ways To Promote Your Music Offline

Here are just a few ways that you can start promoting your music offline.

Live Gigs

If you are a singer, musician, or a mixing engineer you will need to do live gigs to gain exposure to the public.

Perform in your local area and build a local following.

Your hometown folks will be very loyal and are a great way to start building your music career.

The more live gigs you do the more exposure you will get.

Local Media

Check with your local newspaper, radio, and TV stations. See if they have an artist spotlight or local entertainment highlight that you may be able to be a part of.

Sometimes the local media will show an interest in the hometown artist and businesses and can give you some exposure this way.

They may approach you back for a charity event or a town event where your talent could be showcased and you can help eachother for special events.

Your local media are folks in the business and have good connections so be professional and be helpful.

Let them know you have a website with a good portfolio where people can go to hear your music and learn more about you and where people can purchase your music.

Volunteer To Perform At Local Charity Events

Volunteer to perform at local charity events.

Find out who is hosting the charity event and contact them.

When you volunteer to perform at a local charity event this will give you great exposure and helps out for a good cause.

Your Website Should Be Your Secret Weapon

Promote Your Music On Your Own Website

Your website is the central hub that all things about you, your band, your studio, and your music connect to.

You need to learn how to build your own website and market it online to gain maximum exposure.

The more people you can get your talents in front of the more gigs, fans, and sales you will get.

I believe most people overlook getting their own website and really this should be step one.

A website has the power to draw thousands of people every day from the search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and others.

This is free traffic you can get and its people who are interested in what you have to offer. You just need to learn how this is done.

A website / blog gives you a professional platform where the media, business professionals, fans, and people with similar interest can connect to you and your business.

You can share your portfolio, link to streaming services where your music is for sale, link to social media, display your blog full of great stories and articles sharing products and services you recommend, and display upcoming events.

Your website gives you a professional platform to connect to people online and offline.

Your own website is your secret weapon to gaining thousands of potential clients and customers.

Relevant Article: If you want to learn more about how to build your own website and how to get thousands of clients and fans check out my Promote Page.

How To Give People A Reason To Listen To Your Music

Everything we have mentioned in this article so far gives people a reason to listen to your music.

Your website is an online presence and when people come to your website they may want to listen to your music and learn more about you and your products and services.

When you are active on music forums, collaboration sites, radio, podcast, and social media, the way you interact will create a reason for people to want to listen to your music.

This is why I say be helpful, be genuine, don’t spam, and share good content, information, and ideas related to music.

People will start to see you as someone they like, trust, and an authority and they will also want to listen to your music.

Where can they go to listen to your music and learn more about you?

Well, your website and blog of course!

Tenacity Wins The Race

What is Tenacity?

Tenacity is determination, persistence, and the ability to grasp the understanding of what it takes to succeed.

Today I have offered you some understanding of what it takes to succeed to build an online presence and drive your own music career.

Are you determined to succeed?

Are you willing to be persistent and build your music a little every day?

Besides all that we have gone over in this article you still need to work on your singing, playing, or mixing skills.

Yes, it’s a lot of work. But, if you are a singer, musician, home studio owner or are interested in launching yourself as a professional this is how it’s done.

Believe in yourself, work hard, and enjoy the ride.

What Others Are Saying

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“Music bloggers are always looking for new content to write. And while they get a lot of traffic from covering famous musicians, they all want to discover the next big thing (that’s you!).”
“If you have a ‘me me me’ attitude when you reach out to people, they usually won’t listen.”
“Imagine a scenario for me. Today, a random person starts following your social medias – liking your songs and commenting on them. Then, for your next 5 releases, they show up again – liking and commenting. You’re probably going to be pretty curious about who this guy/girl is – because they are becoming your favorite person, supporting you when nobody else is there. And it’s weird because they aren’t asking for anything in return – they’re just supporting you. So you check out their soundcloud/youtube/twitter – turns out they make music! You’ll probably listen out of pure curiosity. Whoah – they are actually really good – so you follow them.”
“Most people don’t know how the recording process works and how long it can take. Knowing how your music is made, why you made it, and how hard you worked on it gets people excited for the release and invested in the song(s).”
“take time to identify/define your ideal fan (so you know where to look, you to talk to them).
get clear about your unique message (so you attract the ideal fans, instead of drown in the pool of other musicians pimping their stuff).
put an email capture system in place to keep interested people around and build a relationship with them (so they want to hang out, keep tabs on you and support you).
focus on the 1 or 2 social networks (not 10) where you know your ideal fans are hanging out (so you can get great at it and build some momentum, and be present)”
“Live stream shows on Instagram, TikTok and other platforms. Posting high quality video to social media if you playing your music.
Music videos to support audio releases. Publicity to get reviews, interviews and features.
Duets and collaborations with other artists.
Dropping high quality singles every 5–8 weeks so your fans always have something new to listen to.
Lyric videos are easy, not expensive and fans love them.”
“The most important step here is to get your music on Spotify, to begin with. You need to have your music on the app to even start getting plays. This can be done either through a professional record label that will get your music to Spotify or through a digital music distribution service. These services will deliver your music to major streaming platforms, including Spotify.”
“Streaming platforms transformed the music industry and the strategy for getting your music out there. Physical and digital sales are no longer the primary distribution source for your tracks.
Spotify and Apple Music, video streaming platforms like YouTube, and other streaming platforms like Soundcloud are the new golden ticket for spreading your music to new listeners.”

Final Thoughts

This article covers some great ways as to “How To Get People To Listen To Your Music.”

A website is a great way to get started. Fans and clients can listen to your music, book gigs and buy products based on your recommendations from your website.

If you enjoy making videos, documenting your journey, doing interviews, and performing then YouTube is a great platform to get rolling with.

It’s really a combination of all of the above recommendations that will bring you success.

Start implementing some of them today and get your journey started.

We talked about many other ways to get people to start listening to your music.

You have to make your music available to the public so they can listen to and buy your music.

Be sure and check out my Promote Page if you want to learn how to get started with your own website and online marketing strategies that will attract hundreds and thousands of people to your website.

If you like playing, writing, recording, and producing music then you are in the right place.

Take a minute and have a look around my website. I’m sure you will find many articles that are helpful and get you moving in the right direction.

Feel free to leave your questions, stories, and helpful comments below.

6 thoughts on “How To Get People To Listen To Your Music”

  1. Thank you very much for this valuable and detailed post on How To Get People To Listen To Your Music. Actually, I also think that you don’t have to work as hard as before to promote your music. Because I think today it can be done quickly. One of the best ways to promote yourself is by using your own website. And YouTube is also the best way for such things. Keep posting like this. Thank you very much.

    • Thank You Pasindu, You make a great point.  These days with so many online platforms and being able to perform live it is so much easier to get people to listen to your music.  I believe your own website with proper marketing and your own YouTube channel with good videos is an unstoppable combination. 

  2. Music has its own appeal to the human brain. 

    I love your blog which offers incredible ways for your music to be listened to by the world. Then people can bye in.

    I love performing at charity events, and wedding parties (at times the bridal parties do not have enough money but if you want to spread your music it may be one. Can the church be a place with appropriate music? The kindergartners who likes to sing with you together can be your messangers of your tune. 

    Go to visit different fairs and local gatherings in developing countries. I have seen people enjoying music and local musicians and singers get attention quite often.

    Last weekend, I was in Time Square in New York City. Music and dancing were going on. Can one spread a new song or voice to people’s minds in this kind of situation? I am not sure. Distribute one’s business card! Not sure if these are valid suggestions or can it help someone!

    Everything today has been online today and your post has great ideas. Wish you all the best.

    • I think if you want to play your music live, the places you play can be anywhere where there are people to listen. 

      Yes, today it’s very important to get your music online because you can gain so much more exposure online if you know how.

      A website is a great place to start building your online presence and gaining popularity in the search engines ensures you will have daily traffic to your website where people can listen to your music, read your helpful articles, and you can build relationships.

      Remember, you need to give people a reason to listen to your music.  If you want to learn how to build a successful online website be sure and check out my PROMTE PAGE.

  3. Hi, thanks for the great article on How to Get People to Listen to Your Music. Out of all the ways you list, I agree that your website should be your secret weapon because the more folks that visit it, the more chance of connection to more people than you could ever imagine. Thanks again for the details, especially the grassroots marketing you bring in at the end. I think in today’s world, more people are returning to their roots and re-learning how to connect old-school. 

    • Making a connection with people is key.  A website is a great way to connect with people and a great way to earn a good income.  Music moves people and when you combine a good blog with good music it’s a winning combination. 


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