Streamline with Mike Warner

Mike Warner

Giving artists and their teams the latest tips, tricks, advice and news in bite sized episodes. This podcast aims to help you stay updated, informed and succeed in the music industry!

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This episode is a recording of the live stream I hosted with three members from the Pandora team. We discuss and walkthrough Pandora's Artist Marketing Platform and some of the new tools that have been added recently. Follow me on YouTube to see when the next live recording will take place. YouTube.com/askmikewarner Speakers listed in alphabetical order: Andee Connors Senior Manager, Catalog & Creator Services Head Of Metal & Punk Programming Jamie Freedman Catalog & Creator Services - Operations Manager Head of Classical Programming Michelle Solomon Catalog & Creator Services - Senior Operations Manager Head of Jazz, Oldies & Showtunes Programming SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC: https://amp.pandora.com/submit AMP: https://amp.pandora.com/ AMP PLAYBOOK: https://www.ampplaybook.com/ SIGN UP FOR STORIES: https://www.ampplaybook.com/pandora-stories-signup AMP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amp_pandora/ AMP TWITTER: https://twitter.com/pandoraAMP AMP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pandoraAMP ANDEE’S EMAIL: andee@pandora.com _________________ ANDEE’S BANDS: https://myheartaninvertedflame.bandcamp.com https://commoneiderkingeider.bandcamp.com ANDEE'S RADIO SHOWS: BATTLEFLUTES & SIDEWAYS SKULLS - https://battleflutesandsidewaysskulls.com CASTLE WEATHER - https://www.repeater-radio.com _________________ MICHELLE aka DJ MEXICAN SPITFIRE: https://www.facebook.com/djmexicanspitfire _________________ JAMIE'S CHOIR: http://www.conspiracyofvenus.com/

Nov 7

1 hr 7 min

Artists have long been asking for a way to pitch music for editorial playlists and programming consideration on Amazon Music, similar to how they pitch on platforms such as Spotify for artists. The wait is over! Artists can now pitch their music directly within the Amazon Music for Artists App. Songs can be pitched in advance or up to 14 days after they are released. This update went live in the App Store on October 27, 2021. Make sure you download the latest update and happy pitching! One instant benefit is that all followers of the artist will receive a notification on the device the day the song is released. Additionally there are hints that this may provide benefits beyond the opportunity to be considered for playlists. For example, adding additional tags to your music could help it to go into rotation across radio within Amazon Music, resulting in more listeners (and the right listeners). Don't forget to subscribe for more news!

Oct 29

1 min 57 sec

This is a video podcast on Spotify. Check it out in the Spotify App. It will be audio only on other platforms.

Oct 28

47 min 7 sec

This workshop is for artists and their teams that want to make sure they are capturing every opportunity. Platforms covered include Amazon Music, Anghami, Apple Music, Boomplay, Deezer, JioSaavn, Pandora, Qobuz, Spotify, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube Music. This is an audio only version of the workshop. You can view the video in full at https://workhardplaylisthard.com/p/workshop or by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-XD9oSCn30 This workshop covers specific tools provided from the major music streaming platforms including: Amazon Music for Artists App Amazon Music x Twitch Integration Amazon Music Artist Merch Anghami for Artists Anghami Editorial Pitching Apple Music for Artists Apple Music Milestones Apple Music Artist Playlists Apple Music Twitter Preview Cards Boomplay for Artists Deezer Backstage (Deezer for Creators) Deezer Highlights JioSaavn for Artists (JioSaavn ArtistOne | JioSaavn for Creators) JioSaavn Shorties JioSaavn Artist Playlists (Artist Hits | Made By) Pandora AMP (Artist Marketing Platform | prev. Next Big Sound) Pandora Featured Track Pandora Catalog Track Reporting Pandora Artist Audio Messages Pandora Stories (for Creators, Brands and Curators) Pandora Skip Rates, Completion Rates and Listener Data Qobuz Artist Bio (TiVo | AllMusic) Spotify for Artists Spotify Codes Spotify URI (how to find a Spotify URI instead of URL) Spotify Promo Cards (Milestones | Podcasts | New Releases | Playlist Adds) YouTube Music YouTube New Analytics for Artists YouTube Official Artist Channel (OAC) YouTube Community Posts YouTube Shorts (BTS) We also highlight creative marketing ideas from Emperors Night, Charlie Lane, BTS and a number of other very smart artists! We also cover Twitter Tips, the new tipping feature. If you found value in this please share and consider checking out the Work Hard Playlist Hard book and course. You can find both at WorkHardPlaylistHard.com.

Oct 28

48 min 36 sec

My second book is now available. I made the decision to set myself up as a publisher and distribute it directly through Amazon's Expanded Distribution offering. In this episode I share why it's so important to handle customer support and feedback directly. Find out more about the book at WorkHardPlaylistHard.com Purchase the book Work Hard Playlist Hard (Second Edition) here! Reach me on socials @askmikewarner

Sep 3

7 min 4 sec

My second book is now available. I made the decision to set myself up as a publisher and distribute it directly to multiple stores include Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. In this episode I explain some challenges I faced in making the book available through other stores after self releasing through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing. Find out more about the book at WorkHardPlaylistHard.com Purchase the book Work Hard Playlist Hard (Second Edition) here! Reach me on socials @askmikewarner

Aug 31

5 min 24 sec

My second book is coming and I made the decision to set myself up as a publisher and distribute it directly to multiple stores include Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. In this episode I breakdown the process of self releasing through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing. Find out more about the book at WorkHardPlaylistHard.com Pre order the Kindle version of Work Hard Playlist Hard (Second Edition) here! Reach me on socials @askmikewarner

Aug 1

5 min 11 sec

My second book is coming and I made the decision to set myself up as a publisher and distribute it directly to multiple stores include Amazon, Apple Books + Barnes & Noble. In this new season of the podcast I will be walking through the steps I followed and sharing everything I've learned along the way. This first episode I explain why I purchased my own ISBN’s and set myself up as a publisher through Bowker. Find out more about the book at WorkHardPlaylistHard.com Reach me on socials @askmikewarner

Jul 20

4 min 24 sec

Michael Elsner helps independent musicians create a lucrative income without signing their life away to a record label or publisher, by getting their music on TV Shows, Films and Commercials. He does this using a 4 step process he's developed over the last 16 years that has allowed him over 2400 sync placements of his own music. In this episode he says some quick tips to help artists get comfortable and get more familiar with the world of music licensing. You can download Michael's e-book at https://www.mastermusiclicensing.com/ebook-offer

May 1

5 min 46 sec

In this episode I discuss the importance of including an ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) when including a previously released song in a new release. The example I share is the new single 'Big Blue Sky' which is a collaboration between Date Night (my group) and Chris Robley. On this release we included a second song 'True North' which was previously released. On release day there was over had 1 million streams in Spotify for Artists because of the existing streams that 'True North' had already were merged. This shows the power of an ISRC and why artists should consider releasing EP's, Compilations and Albums to include previously released songs and give them another chance to be heard. datenightmusic.com chrisrobley.com workhardplaylisthard.com

Apr 22

2 min 36 sec

In this season of the podcast we invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This episode features Nick Ditri from The Disco Fries. Follow The Disco Fries on Twitter, Instagram & TikTok @TheDiscoFries Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @ WorkHardPlaylistHard.com

Feb 17

6 min 25 sec

In this season of the podcast I invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This episode features Dr. Ulf Oesterle . Follow Dr. Ulf Oesterle on Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @ WorkHardPlaylistHard.com

Feb 13

5 min 7 sec

In this season of the podcast I invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This episode features Andrea Young. Follow Andrea Young on Twitter and Instagram. Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @ WorkHardPlaylistHard.com

Feb 13

5 min 19 sec

Clubhouse is an audio only app that is taking over (almost) globally and has some truly exciting potential. Hope to see you on there soon! Follow me @MikeWarner and let's chat!

Feb 9

2 min 56 sec

In this season of the podcast I invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This episode features Kelli-Leigh . Follow Kelli-Leigh on Twitter and Instagram @kellileighuk Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @ WorkHardPlaylistHard.com

Dec 2020

4 min 12 sec

In this season of the podcast I invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This first episode features Troy Carter Jr . Follow Troy on Twitter @troycarterjr and on Instagram @troycarterjrr  Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @ WorkHardPlaylistHard.com 

Dec 2020

3 min 45 sec

Hey guys! It's Mike Warner and you’re tuned into Streamline with Mike Warner. Today I wanted to update you on an exciting feature that Spotify has finally made available to most artists. It’s called Canvas. If you’ve pressed play on a track from a major artist on Spotify, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of them have short video clips that play instead of the usual static cover art. That’s Canvas. It’s basically an 8 second loop of any video you want. It's kind of like a mini music video. And until now, you basically had to be [Drake] to have access to it. So, how do you make yours? It’s pretty simple. Log in to Spotify for Artists, go to Music, pick a song and click ADD CANVAS. Then just click the big plus sign and upload your video file. Make sure your video is 9x16 and 720 px and... it should be up in around an hour! If you don’t see this option yet in your Spotify for Artists, just be patient - They’re still rolling it out. Oh, and if you don’t know how to make a video that fits those specs, you can always find someone who does on SoundBetter, which is Spotify’s own work-for-hire site to hire other creatives. That’s it! I can’t wait to see all the cool videos you guys come up with. Definitely tag me so I can see them or if you have any questions @askmikewarner, and follow the academy at @workhardplaylisthard for other quick tips like this!

Dec 2020

2 min 36 sec

You heard it here! My online course is now on sale for just $20 USD. Visit WorkHardPlaylistHard.com for all the details!

Nov 2020

3 min 7 sec

In this episode I discuss preview start times when uploading your music through a distributor and why it is so important to select the correct start time for your audio previews.  Follow @askmikewarner on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Visit WorkHardPlaylistHard.com for live workshops, blog posts and more!

Oct 2020

3 min 21 sec

This episode of the podcast is exclusive to Spotify and is a test of the new format that allows Podcasters to include music in their podcasts. The best part about this is that the artists will get paid for the stream and the Podcasters can still include their own sponsorship messages as well.  Music in this episode is courtesy of Lo-Fi artist Clef Hart!  What do you think of this new format? Let me know and get in touch via social media @askmikewarner This podcast episode was created using Anchor, which is being updated to support the new music within podcasts format in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. This means anyone will be able to create these shows, not just Spotify’s own podcast studios and partner production companies! 

Oct 2020

2 min 18 sec

Instagram are allowing users to change the app icon. This easter egg is part of their birthday celebration. In this episode I go through the steps to change your Instagram app icon but for those that didn't quite catch what I said here they are below. In the Instagram App  -tap the person icon in bottom right corner. -tap the three lines (or hamburger icon) in the top right corner -tap on settings -press and hold anywhere in that menu and drag your finger down -keep your finger pressed and four emojis will show From this screen you can now select your Instagram icon, as pictured in the artwork for this episode. If you find this helpful please share it with a friend and follow me on Instagram @askmikewarner

Oct 2020

2 min 52 sec

Spotify's latest tool for Artists and Podcasters is Promo Cards. These graphics are quickly formatted and ready for social media sharing. With color customization and three different aspect ratios to choose from. You can create a promo card for an Artist, Album, Song, Podcast or Podcast Episode. An example can be seen in the artwork for this podcast episode and you can create your own at https://promocards.byspotify.com  More information on this will be added to the blog at WorkHardPlaylistHard.com

Oct 2020

2 min 10 sec

The team at Twitch have launched yet another tool. This one is called Soundtrack and allows Creators to to stream globally rights cleared music in their live streams. This tool will remove any risks associated with playing music during livestreams for creators but also has a host benefits for the artists. When viewers discover a track they love, they can save it or add to a playlist on their music service of choice. Initial playlists include hip hip, edm, lofi, metal and with more playlists and stations coming soon. These are curated in-house by the Twitch music team. Artists who distribute their music through SoundCloud or DistroKid can opt-in to Twitch Soundtrack beta as a store in their dashboards. Artists with a label or partner should reach out directly. Artists that have added their music to Twitch Soundtrack can also link their Twitch channel which allows fans of their music to follow their Twitch channel and be notified whenever the artist goes live. Links to the official announcement on the Twitch blog can be found here Twitch Soundtrack BETA - Join the Waitlist https://www.twitch.tv/broadcast/soundtrack Twitch Soundtrack BETA - Announcement https://blog.twitch.tv/en/2020/09/30/introducing-soundtrack-by-twitch-rights-cleared-music-for-all-twitch-creators Follow me on Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/mikewarner

Sep 2020

1 min 52 sec

In the wake of COVID-19, many artists have adapted and innovated in incredible ways. Virtual performances have become a vital way for artists to connect with their fans, and even find new fans. Spotify now allow artists to show listings for online streams and virtual performances in the concert tab. In this brief episode I explain what is required. Sites mentioned include songkick.com and artists.spotify.com

Sep 2020

1 min 55 sec

I use Anchor to host and distribute my podcast. In the Anchor app there is a cool feature that lets you record a voice message for me. I can then include this in a future episode of the podcast. Check it out! Feel free to record any questions, news, or thoughts as a voice message and I may just include it in the podcast! Anchor.fm/streamline

Sep 2020

2 min 24 sec

Podcasts are now available on Amazon Music. In this episode I share how you can get your podcast added. If you have an Alexa device be sure to say “Alexa, play Streamline with Mike Warner on Amazon Music” 📈

Sep 2020

2 min 21 sec

Apple Music artist playlists appear to have made a comeback. Listen to this episode for a quick walkthrough of how to create a playlist as an artist and drive more traffic from that playlist to your artist profile.

Sep 2020

3 min 11 sec

Do this right now, thank me later. Also, join me on Twitch @MikeWarner or Twitch.tv/MikeWarner

Aug 2020

3 min 21 sec

My Release Radar on Spotify is bigger than yours. Well, probably. In this episode I share how long my Release Radar runs for and why. Also, here’s a link if you want to follow and listen to my very broad (random) music taste! https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZEVXbrhqUDEoul1a

Aug 2020

2 min 58 sec

Distributing your music to Pandora is only part of the process. Follow the steps mentioned in this episode to make sure your music is available across Pandora’s ad-supported radio service, Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium. Filling out this simple request form can be done at amp.pandora.com/submit

Aug 2020

3 min 25 sec

Spotify host their own chart site where users can view daily and weekly charts dating back to January 1st, 2017. This official site hosts Top 200 and Viral charts. You can also export these charts to a CSV and open in your desired spreadsheet program. SpotifyCharts.com

Aug 2020

2 min 52 sec

Should I Release Single Tracks or Albums? This is a very common question and I wanted to address this based on my own experience.

Aug 2020

4 min 24 sec

Facebook has launched its news way feature, Instagram Reels. This is rumored to rival TikTok and does come with some very recognizable features. In the episode I explain what Reels are and how to create them. You can follow me on Instagram and see my reels @askmikewarner

Aug 2020

2 min 49 sec

Spotify Analytics for Labels and Spotify for Artists have merged. As a result many new features have started to appear within Spotify for Artists. In this episode I cover “your roster” which allows a manager to oversee release dates and manage “pitches” for all artists on one screen!

Aug 2020

3 min 22 sec

The Amazon Music for Artists app was updated and artists can now connect their Twitch channel to “ensure your fans never miss a live moment which you stream on Twitch”. Follow me on Twitch at twitch.tv/MikeWarner

Aug 2020

3 min

There’s been rumors floating around about TikTok being banned in the US. I just wanted to use this opportunity to remind artists and creators that it’s ok to have a backup. Services mentioned are Triller and Byte, you can find me on both @mikewarner and you can reach me on social media at @askmikewarner

Aug 2020

2 min

Spotify has just launched a new BETA feature call Group Session. This allows one host and five guests to stream simultaneously around the world. This feature is for Premium users only and can be found in the Spotify mobile app on the now playing screen. Let me know what you think of this new feature and the new, shorter podcast format @askmikewarner 

Jul 2020

2 min 45 sec

Amazon Music for Artists is now available on the web! 

Jul 2020

2 min 22 sec

With #SXSW sadly canceled. I hosted my presentation ‘The Power of Third Party Playlists’ via live stream. The power of editorial playlists has been proven in breaking many artists’ career but what happens if a release receives no editorial support? Enter the world of third party playlists. Every user of a DSP has a profile and can become a curator, but what makes these curators influential and achieve tastemaker status. We will unravel some of the myths about third party curators and discuss the differences between real organic growth and manipulated growth or fake streams. Expect to see some real case studies of artists that have achieved success through third party playlists and gain an understanding of the additional audience that can be reached. The full video presentation can be viewed at https://workhardplaylisthard.com/sxsw

Apr 2020

1 hr 18 min

Grahame Farmer is the founder of Data Transmission and a coach for artists through #BOOSTDJ. In this episode Grahame shares various tips for artists relating to productivity, releases and more.

Mar 2020

32 min 7 sec

Grahame Farmer is the founder of Data Transmission and a coach for artists through #BOOSTDJ. In this episode Grahame shares various tips for artists relating to productivity, releases and more.

Mar 2020

31 min 36 sec

Evan Price is a music entrepreneur based in Chicago, IL. He is the founder and artist manager at Artist Collective LLC - a music consulting company that focuses on the branding and monetization of music for independent artists.

Mar 2020

33 min 50 sec

Evan Price is a music entrepreneur based in Chicago, IL. He is the founder and artist manager at Artist Collective LLC - a music consulting company that focuses on the branding and monetization of music for independent artists. 

Mar 2020

35 min 25 sec

Andrea Young is the founder and chief playlisting officer of Digital Promotions Group (DPG), partnering with artists and their teams to build their presence on the streaming platforms. At DPG, Young has worked with hundreds of artists in the past three years, worldwide and cross-platform, to help their music be heard.

Feb 2020

27 min 20 sec

Andrea Young is the founder and chief playlisting officer of Digital Promotions Group (DPG), partnering with artists and their teams to build their presence on the streaming platforms. At DPG, Young has worked with hundreds of artists in the past three years, worldwide and cross-platform, to help their music be heard.

Feb 2020

29 min 37 sec

AfterSound is an independent songwriter, producer, food lover with a keen interest in music tech. We discuss his story and share some predictions for 2020!

Jan 2020

29 min 19 sec

AfterSound is an independent songwriter, producer, food lover with a keen interest in music tech. We discuss his story and share some predictions for 2020!

Jan 2020

35 min 58 sec

Simon Field is a talented producer with his songs landing placements in Californication, plus various TV Shows and Movies. In this episode Simon shares his story from a producer for other artists, to becoming the artist. We also discuss how Simon’s landed synch for his music and dove into the curation process for his extremely popular Ibiza playlist! Simon shares best practices and pointers for artwork, song length, even the song title.

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Dec 2019

28 min 4 sec

Simon Field is a talented producer with his songs landing placements in Californication, plus various TV Shows and Movies. In this episode Simon shares his story from a producer for other artists, to becoming the artist. We also discuss how Simon’s landed synch for his music and dove into the curation process for his extremely popular Ibiza playlist! Simon shares best practices and pointers for artwork, song length, even the song title.

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Dec 2019

37 min 3 sec