How to Increase Plays on Spotify and Soundcloud

Aleksey (Aleks) Weyman
3 min readAug 11, 2018

Getting plays on Spotify and Soundcloud is a fundamental step for every aspiring musician. However, with how saturated the market currently is, it can be difficult to gain these listeners.

I’ve been making music for several years under the alias LOWSH and in my experience I have tried numerous ways to get more plays on my music, all legitimate of course. Through trial and error, I’ve found TWO effective tips to get more streams on these platforms. If you enjoy these tips, please consider following me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The best way to get more Spotify streams in my opinion is to get your music on Spotify playlists. Playlists with a large number of listeners can easily get you hundreds to thousands of plays.. if you choose the right ones. Now, many of these playlists require payment for submission and that’s OKAY. You have to spend some money if you want a better result. But be careful which service you choose, some of these services are absolutely scams.

In my experience the best one is (they recently redid their website). The prices are extremely low and your tracks stay in the playlists forever. I shared a few of my tracks there recently and saw a massive spike in plays within the first week.

The thing with Spotify playlists, is you have to get in on them when they are adding new playlists, because that means they aren’t over crowded yet. Less music to compete with means more play time!


Although the platform isn’t as popular as it used to be, it’s still expected that your music brand has a Soundcloud page, and a POPPIN’ soundcloud page at that. The best way that I’ve been able to get more plays is to share and engage with music communities outside of Soundcloud. The platform itself doesn’t really foster community like it used to, so we have to outsource our communication and direct traffic back to the cloud. Here’s what worked well for me: Reddit.

The communities of r/edmproduction and r/wearethemusicmakers all have weekly or daily feedback threads where hundreds of users share their soundcloud links and critique each others music. By engaging with these communities, you can bring listeners to our page, but also build relationships with other artists. In my case, I became such an integral member of the r/wearethemusicmakers community, that I was made an admin!

I hope these two short tips help you get more streams on both Spotify and Soundcloud. If you have any questions or thoughts, tweet at me on Twitter.

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Aleksey (Aleks) Weyman

My name is Aleksey (Aleks) Weyman. I’m a business owner, entrepreneur and music industry freelancer with over a decade of experience.