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9 Sites Every Local Musician Should Be On (Besides YouTube)

Are you waiting to be discovered?

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1. SoundCloud

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SoundCloud is the world’s leading social sound platform. Sign up for an account for free and start recording and uploading your tunes. People can share them privately with friends or publicly to blogs, sites, and social networks. With just a click, your songs can be shared through Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and even Foursquare.

It's an awesome community to be part of and is very simple to use. Upload your music, add artwork, make it available for download (if you want), get feedback from others, and embed your tunes to a number of online platforms.

2. Gigfairy

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There's nothing quite like performing live. Not only do you get paid for your time, you'll also get tons of experience and exposure, which is priceless. But getting booked can be a struggle, especially if people have no clear way of finding you.

Gigfairy is a great platform to post up your details, music, and videos for potential clients to contact and book you. Plus, the site protects musicians through secure communication and their cancellation policy. This enables you as the musician to receive a partial or full payout in the event of a cancellation.

3. Bandcamp

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Fans will always support the artists they love. With BandCamp, musicians can not only sell digital and physical albums, but also your merchandise. You get to sell for a fixed price, specify a minimum, and even let fans pay more if they want. The site claims that 50% of the time, fans will always chip in extra to support their favourite musicians!

It's a one-stop shop for your fans to reach your music. On top of it, you receive analytics to track how your page is doing, who is buying your music, and where they're from.

4. AMPLIFY FM

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AMPLIFY FM is Malaysia's first online radio station that exclusively plays music made by local artists. You can listen to exclusive tracks and full albums from acts like Kyoto Protocol, Paperplane Pursuit, and Froya.

5. Spotify

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You don't need to be signed or have a record deal to get your music on Spotify. Having music from independent artists is something Spotify prides itself in. Working with artist-aggregators, you can get your content uploaded and available to listeners all over the world.

Find out how to get on Spotify here

6. Last.fm

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Last.fm is a great place to showcase your music. Just sign up, claim your band or artist name, then start uploading your music. You'll also be able to explore new music that mainstream outlets don't give airtime to, make friends with people who have similar taste and passion, and join groups.

Get your tracks recommended and shared with others.

7. Reddit Music

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Most of the viral things you see online got its start on Reddit. Now, there's no saying that you're music is going to go viral, but Reddit remains one of the biggest sites on the Internet and it's a good move for you to be there :)

The Reddit Music thread allows for new, original music to be submitted every Saturday in specific genre subreddits. It's a great place to get feedback from a community of very passionate (and often compassionate) music lovers.

8. HypeMachine

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HypeMachine aggregates the top music blogs in the world. These are blogs that review and showcase new music to millions of fans across the globe.

To get your music showcased, reach out to blogs that feature musicians similar to you through HypeMachine. Each blog will have their own way of choosing what music to review, so feel free to explore the site and find out what it takes to be featured. There are thousands of blogs out there with strong fandoms, so don't feel discouraged if you don't get a reply straightaway.

9. CD Baby

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CD Baby is a powerhouse when it comes to digital distribution and are artist aggregators. They can help get your album into massive online retailers from iTunes, Google Music, and iHeartradio, to online radio Spotify, to name but a few. They also have a storefront where you can sell your music both physically and digitally.

While it's free to use, CD Baby takes a commission for every product you sell of around 9%.

Whether you love to make music or simply enjoy listening to it, this is where you need to be

AMPLIFY FM is the only online radio station in Malaysia that is completely dedicated to showcasing music made by local artists. It's a place where they receive prime time coverage, all the time. Get to know the best of the best of the local scene with the added bonus of getting commercial-free non-stop music 24/7! Yup, no ads.

The artists featured include awesome acts like +2dB, An Honest Mistake, Froya, Talitha Tan, No Tyra and more!

Support the local music scene and show love to our incredible artists by tuning in to AMPLIFY FM from your computer, phone, or tablet ;)

Tune in now!

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