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Giving artists and their teams the latest tips, tricks, advice and news in bite sized episodes with the occasional long form interview thrown in for good measure. This podcast aims to help you stay updated, informed and succeed in the music industry! @AskMikeWarner


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Giving artists and their teams the latest tips, tricks, advice and news in bite sized episodes with the occasional long form interview thrown in for good measure. This podcast aims to help you stay updated, informed and succeed in the music industry! @AskMikeWarner




TIDAL Editorial Playlist Pitch Tool

TIDAL just went and opened up the opportunity to pitch directly to TIDAL’s editorial team for playlist consideration - for a limited time. This pitch tool will only be available from November 29 until December 13, 2023 via TIDAL Artist Home. Artists.Tidal.Com


What's Next for this Podcast?

You decide. @AskMikeWarner


Reeperbahn Festival: Meet the International Music Industry 🤝🎵

Fancy a trip to Germany to experience four days of music and networking? Reeperbahn is the place to be! Reeperbahn Festival is the biggest club festival in Europe and the largest European platform for international pop culture and the music industry. Since 2006, for four days each September the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany has become the centre of the international music world and a sustainable interface between artists, the public, industry representatives and society. On Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September 2023, around 110 sessions with high profile speakers will dive deep into the current challenges and issues in the sectors Live Entertainment, Recorded Music, Publishing, Sync, Marketing, Sustainability, Technology, Politics. The Reeperbahn Festival conference offers industry representatives a programme of sessions, networking events, matchmakings, showcases, meetings and award shows which will provide insights into the current challenges and topics of live music, publishing and recorded music, sync business and brands, technology, sustainability, and more. A strong focus for this years Reeperbahn is on “what’s next?” With all the changes in the way we discover, deliver, create and work with music, it’s going to be on everyone’s lips. Topics relating to mental health, talent development and technology are also gaining a significant amount of interest. Still not convinced? Here’s some more facts about Reeperbahn.


Bandcamp Live Listening Parties & More

This one time, at Bandcamp! But seriously, Bandcamp have come through with some cool features recently, in this episode I give you a quick breakdown. If you don't like the sound of my voice you can also read about it on my blog, but you may find yourself reading it in my voice still. You can find me on almost every social channel @AskMikeWarner Keep creating!


TikTok Music App Launches and Groover x SoundCloud Integration

Back in your ears with two updates this episode. Covering the new TikTok Music app and the Groover x SoundCloud integration. If you don't like the sound of my voice you can also read these stories on the blog, links are below. TikTok Music App: ⁠⁠ Groover + SoundCloud Integration: ⁠⁠ You can find me on almost every social channel @AskMikeWarner Have a great day.


Spotify for Artists Historical Data, Artist Picks Stay Up for 180 Days and SoundCloud DM’s Open

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Spotify Algotorial Playlists

Editorial + Algprthmic playlists = Algotorial! Here is a link to the original blog post mentioned.


TIDAL Live and Amazon Music Notifications for Fans

New Podcast. Two topics this week. Let's get into it. @AskMikeWarner


My Biggest Regret From 20+ Years In Music

In this episode, we are going to get a little deep. I hope this resonates with you and helps you to realize you aren’t alone. If you are starting out in music please consider this advice. Sending love to you and yours, happy new year!


TIDAL’s New Artist Dashboard, TIDAL Artist Home

TIDAL is rolling out a new artist dashboard, TIDAL Artist Home, and their TIDAL for Artists website. This new feature allows artists to easily manage and update their profile, including their biography, social media links, and account details. Read the full article on my blog: Work Hard Playlist Hard: Mike Warner:


Chatting with Moliner and Arbor Avenue

In this episode I share a recent conversation recorded for The Moliner Podcast. If you like we you hear please check out their Podcast on Spotify Follow Moliner’s journey: Tiktok: Instagram: Twitter: Soundcloud: Listen to my music here: Listen to Arbor Avenue here: Follow Arbor Avenue here: Tiktok: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: YouTube: Find everything Mak here:


Live Music Streaming Tools Workshop - Recorded in Austin at the DIY Music Conference

It felt incredible to get back on stage at the DIY Musician Conference in Austin. Trust me, this was worth the three year wait! There were so many takeaways from this years conference! 🎵 The amount of new artists was huge. Love seeing so many new artists and those starting fresh with new projects. 🎵 Many artists feel overwhelmed by all of the data and tools now available to them. 🎵 Time management is a huge challenge for many artists today. 🎵 Artists now talk about finding and building their team whereas in previous years many felt a team would find them. 🎵 Surveying the room there was a number of music streaming platforms artists were not aware of, despite the fact their music is on them. All links mentioned can be found here -


Adam Meckler and Mike Warner talk Song Pitching, Emails, In-store Music and more

I've got another special long-form conversation to share with you. This comes courtesy of Adam Meckler and the GigBoss Podcast. Thanks to Adam for giving me permission to upload this episode and share it with all of you. If you like what you hear please consider subscribing to the GigBoss Podcast! In this episode Adam Meckler talks with Mike about strategy for pitching songs via Spotify for Artists, why emails are better than socials when building fan-artist relationships, how to get your music in retail stores, and a bunch more Gig Boss is a podcast with the goal of helping musicians learn how to navigate the new music economy. Hear directly from artists on how they built their careers, and from Industry pros on how to navigate streaming, social media, sync licensing, booking gigs, routing tours and more. Links to Adam, GigBoss and Mike: Things we talked about: Chartmetric: Spotify for Artists: Soundiiz:


Mike Warner Chats with Forbs West on the Media Industry Guru Podcast

I'm doing something different for this episode. Thanks to my good friend Forbs West for giving me permission to share this with all of you. Recently I was a guest on his Media Industry Guru Podcast and we had an awesome chat. I wanted to share this with you and if you enjoy the conversation please check out the Media Industry Guru podcast with Forbs West, subscribe and show him some love. Also! My debut course as a LinkedIn Learning instructor is now live. If you want to learn about music release strategies and earn a certificate you can display on your resume and LinkedIn profile please check it out here -

My Audiobook is now available everywhere!

The Audiobook is now available! Get the Audiobook from Audible - click here Get the Audiobook from Apple Books - click here Streaming music has proven it is here to stay. Artists and their teams now find themselves with many new challenges in the digital landscape. With more options than ever for music distribution, standing out in a crowd, deciding where to focus your energy and finding ways to reach your audience become critical choices you and your team will have to make. Now updated to include the latest in digital music, this second edition of Work Hard Playlist Hard covers everything from growth hacks for TikTok and Twitch plus many more. With a focus on playlists and beyond, Work Hard Playlist Hard breaks down the streaming platforms and provides tools that can help artists find and grow their audience. Work Hard Playlist Hard (Second Edition) includes contributions from artists and music-industry experts and is written and narrated by Mike Warner. Get the Audiobook from Audible - click here Get the Audiobook from Apple Books - click here Looking for the paperback instead? Click here to purchase from Amazon, Walmart or hundreds of book stores around the world.


Do NOT Buy Streams - Payola vs Playola

Do not buy streams! Repeat after me. Do not buy streams! This is something I will not stop talking about. I don't want to see artists risk their music being taken down, their distributor or label breaking up with them, or even worse, giving up on music all together. It is not a fast track to success, it will actually harm you long term. There's so much more I could say but I needed to get this off my chest. Please, do not buy streams! Thanks for hearing me out and please spread the word, protect your fellow artists and friends. Video description: A white male in his 30's wearing a t-shirt that says "practice safe sandwiching". Standing at a desk with a boom mic near his face and vinyl records plus a fake fiddle leaf fig plant with toy koalas in the background. Please note. I am making every effort to ensure my content is accessible to as many people as possible. That is why I include closed captions and a video description. If there's something I can do to make my content even more accessible please let me know. Thank you. Make some noise in the comments if there's something I missed, and if you know another artist that could benefit, please tag or share this with them! If you have the Spotify app on your phone, computer or TV you can watch the video version of this podcast. For anyone else that would like to see the video version you can find it on my YouTube channel - Want to book a one-on-one consultation? Book me at


Pre-Saves and Pre-Adds - Do they still matter?

Are Pre-Saves still worth it? What about Pre-Adds? How do I set up a pre-add without paying for it? I’ve had so many questions and seen lots of debates about pre-saves and pre-adds. In this video I weigh in on the debate and share some examples of how to collect pre-saves in Spotify in the day leading up to an album release, I also cover instant gratification tracks in Apple Music and iTunes. If you have the Spotify app on your phone, computer or TV you can watch the video version of this podcast. For anyone else I would like to see the video version you can find it on my YouTube channel -


Pandora for Artists and Labels: Workshop + Q&A with Andee Connors, Jamie Freedman and Michelle Solomon

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. 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: AMP: AMP PLAYBOOK: SIGN UP FOR STORIES: AMP INSTAGRAM: AMP TWITTER: AMP FACEBOOK: ANDEE’S EMAIL: _________________ ANDEE’S BANDS: ANDEE'S RADIO SHOWS: BATTLEFLUTES & SIDEWAYS SKULLS - CASTLE WEATHER - _________________ MICHELLE aka DJ MEXICAN SPITFIRE: _________________ JAMIE'S CHOIR:


Amazon Music Editorial Playlist Pitching - Artists Can Pitch Songs in the Amazon Music for Artists App

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!


My first Video Podcast

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