After we’ve recently given you a few ideas why uploading your mix to Play.fm might make sense, we probably left you with the big question: HOW? Let the following lines be your step-by-step guide through the wonderful world of sharing music – no fear, it’s easy pie!
1. Sign up (it’s free!)
First thing you’ll need to do is set up your own account – makes pretty much sense if you want to let your audience know who you are, doesn’t it? Of course, you may skip this step if you’re already a registered user – if not, a click on the Register button on our start page will bring you to a little form as you’ve probably seen it a thousand times before – simply enter the following:
- Your e-mail address – be sure to use one that you really have access to, as you will receive a confirmation mail later on without which you can’t finalize your registration!
- Your desired username – you might wanna make this one that’s similar to your artist name or the record label, radio show or whatever you wanna represent on that channel, but of course, the choice is up to you…
- A password of your choice, finding the balance between being secure but also easy to remember – if this might struggle you, there are like a thousand good articles like this around on that issue!
No worries if you’re not to sure about any of that data and if you’ll keep them long-term – you will be able to change your e-mail address, your username and your password at any time.
Once you’re done with that, check your mailbox and confirm your account by opening the link sent in the message you’ve received. Ready? Then welcome to Play.fm!
Already having an account on Play.fm though and can’t remember your password? Don’t blame yourself, this happens quite frequently – you can simply get yourself a new one!
2. Set up your profile
A DJ both loves and needs exposure – so before you start uploading your mixes, you might wanna give your audience a bit more information on who you are, don’t you?
So the first thing we’ll ask you to do after signing up is to pick a desired URL (http://www.play.fm/
mydjname, e.g.), a profile picture and your hometown. As for the last of those, please pick this one from the dropdown menu that appears once you’re on the right spot – it will help users find you while they’re exploring our city pages!
If you want to add further information to your profile, like an extended biography, links to your Facebook and Twitter profiles or your personal website, simply go to your newly generated profile by clicking on the thumbnail of your profile picture on the upper right corner, follow the Your Page link and click the EDIT PROFILE button right below your profile picture.
3. Upload your mix
Now here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, haven’t you? You probably already spotted the UPLOAD MIXES button in the upper right corner with it’s noticable yellow background – so that’s the way to go!
First, pick the file of your mix (so far, mp3, ogg, wav and aiff files are supported) – once confirmed, the upload will start by magic! The uploading process should not take long (approximately 45 seconds, assuming a 60-minutes mix rendered as 128kbps mp3 file) – hardly giving you enough time to fill out all the information!
Still, you should take your time and provide a few more information while uploading. Why? Well, let’s be honest – with the huge amount on music on the web, would you check out a mix without having any idea what it’s about? Regarding our stats, we can ensure you one thing: The more metadata is provided on a mix, the more likely will it be listened to and get shared. So while letting the upload bar slide from left to right, here’s what you can do:
- Adorn your mix with a neat little cover image to make it appealing on first sight (as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words) – that might be any artwork you or your trusted designer has designed for your mix, a nice or nasty picture of yourself or, in case of a live recording, the event flyer or a picture of you doing your thing at the party… It’s all up to you, any jpg, gif or png image with no more than 2MB of size are possible! Just one thing, please respect the intellectual property of others and only use images you’re allowed to… and especially, please spare us with sexist pictures of more-or-less nude women with the goal to receive more clicks, we don’t like that.
- Add a significant title for the mix – you will see that one will get auto-generated from the name of the uploaded file, however, if that shall be something like ‘newmix081515take2_FINALIZED.mp3‘, that may just not look too inviting.
- Provide a couple of Genre tags, so people will find your mix when they’re searching for particular music styles. Please, be fair on this issue though and don’t just add any random genres or artist names you may think of just to raise your chances to get listened to – if someone wants to hear Drum & Bass and ends up on your mix which is a pure Deep House mix, that will leave none of you satisfied – and you will end up being considered a liar and opportunist instead of a great DJ or radio host.
- Be sure to add a city to your mix, so they will be able to be found on our city channels! For example, if your mix was recorded at your home studio or a club in Vienna, you will have to choose Vienna from the list so it will appear on the Vienna city channel. Just an example, of course, this will go with any city your mix was recorded at and the according city page.
- A description of your mix may be helpful to transport your musical message, get an idea of your intention, or simply let listeners know where, when and how your mix was recorded.
- And finally, one of the most demanded pieces of information: The almighty tracklist! Those may be worth a fortune in expanding your audience, as, regarding DJ culture, nothing builds a stronger connection than a similar taste in music. Not to forget about those moments you surely know, when the DJ suddenly drops this track that makes you go “WTF is this?? I need that in my collection!” – two simple lines on artist and track may make you save another music lover’s day. To make this one as easy for you as possible, we provide a couple of options:
- Track by track: This will give you the chance to enter one artist, title and label after another – simply click NEW TRACK to enter another one.
- If you already have your tracklist written down, you may prefer the option to paste a Pre-Written tracklist, with artist, title and label seperated by hyphen (see screenshot) – click IMPORT TRACKLIST once you’re done and see the magic happen!
- If you did your mix using Native Instrument’s Traktor Software, you can export your playlist as an nml file and choose the option Traktor playlist – simply choose the right playlist file and let our systems do the work for you.
- Same goes, of course, with a Serato playlist – simply choose the playlist from your harddrive and import it.
Once you’re done and confident with all your information given – hit the SAVE button and you’re live! However, if anything’s still holding you back, you will find another button titled PRIVATE right above. If you choose this one, your mix will be visible to you for the time being. If you want to share your mix with the world right away, remain the PUBLIC button enabled. If you’re quick enough to be all done before the mix has finished uploading, you can already confirm it using said SAVE button and it will go live right away once it’s finished.
4. Share your mix
Even if we wish, we can’t guarantee you exposure to hundreds and thousands of listeners – our 100.000+ regular users decide for themselves what they want to hear, and, believe us, if any other platform shall advertise with a huge exposure guaranteed, it’s a plain lie. It’s mostly up to you to motivate others to listen to your work – and luckily, there are a few ways in which Play.fm makes it easy to do so:
- Once on the detail page of your mix, you may hit the SHARE button and share your mix with your friends on Facebook or Twitter with just one click!
- On the same site, html-capable code will be generated (right below where it says EMBED), which you may simple copy and paste into the html code of your website or blog, making it available to listen to directly on there – we call it the Single Widget, as it’s programmed to embed one single mix! You may also change the exact pixel sizes to fill your specific needs – in the end, it shall look something like that:
- Of course, if you’re planning on uploading new mixes more or less regularly, it’d be a pain in the ass to copy and paste new code all the time – that’s why, additionally to the Single Widget, we’re also providing a Multiple Widget for you! You’ll get the auto-generated code for this one by clicking the ARROW styled button that’s right next to your name on your profile page (instead of the detail page of your mix as for the Single Widget) – and it will provide you with a steadily updated list of all uploads done from your profile. You may choose if you prefer to have your uploads displayed as a vertically scrollable list or a horizontally scrollable slideshow – plus, you may choose from one to four columns in which they’re getting displayed. Choosing the standard setting with a two-columned list, the result will look something like that:
5. Explore, enjoy & connect
If you’re not brand new to the world of DJing, clubs and nightlife, you might already have noticed that connecting and networking are the strongest keys to success – you might have the most bad-ass tracks and the most sensational mixing skills, if you don’t have a crew of fans and followers to interact with, you’ll be pretty lost amongst the crowd.
Thus, one thing that will help you way more than spamming in Facebook groups or public forums is interaction – and that’s another thing that we at Play.fm like to make as easy as possible. In the search box right on the page top, you may search for musical genres you’re interested in (https://www.play.fm/tag/dubstep e.g.), check out who’s active in your city (https://www.play.fm/city/vienna e.g.), stop by on other user’s profiles, listen to their mixes, comment on them if you feel like and follow their profile to keep up to date with their activities. By default, users will receive e-mail notifications for any activities on their uploads and profiles, so chances are pretty much 100% they will receive your feedback.
Alright? If anything’s still unclear to you, feel free to get back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – if not, let’s Play.fm!