An independent musician shares insights on earning $41,243 from 10 million Spotify streams over a year, emphasizing the importance of consistent releases and engaging content.
The video kicks off by divulging the musician's success on Spotify, where they amassed over 10 million streams from more than a million listeners in 12 months. The artist uses the Spotify for Artists dashboard to demonstrate the difference between monthly listeners and actual streams, revealing an average of about nine streams per listener.
The musician describes how they approached Spotify with a strategy akin to successful YouTube or Instagram content creators, opting for regular, weekly releases rather than traditional album drops every year or two. This consistent release schedule resulted in an increase in followers, from 20,000 to 72,000 within one year.
The video addresses common misconceptions about the importance of editorial playlists for accumulating streams. While the artist was featured on several of Spotify's official metal playlists, the actual streams coming from these sources were a small fraction of the total. He emphasizes that algorithmic playlists and personal library streams play a far more significant role in an artist's Spotify success.
The importance of creating engaging and unique content on other platforms like YouTube and Instagram is highlighted as a key factor in driving Spotify streams. The musician's track "Farewell" surged in popularity due to a viral YouTube video, exemplifying the interconnectivity between content platforms and streaming success.
Towards the end of the video, the artist provides a detailed account of their Spotify revenue, netting $41,243 from 10 million streams. They discuss the common critique of Spotify's payment model while personally seeing the advantages of utilizing the largest streaming service for exposure and potential viral growth.