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First, I had a recording of an original song that I was satisfied with. This is a fundamental step, because you can only publish original music that you wrote yourself on Spotify since you earn money from it.
The song I wrote is called "Praise the Good" and I recorded it with a friend using a Blue Yeti Microphone.
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Step 1: Treasure Hunt on Spotify.com
Quite the treasure hunt so far, but not nearly over yet. Now I was faced with 13 different websites I could contact as an unsigned artist to get my music on Spotify.
Step 2: Finding a Distributor
The site, RouteNote.com, also has an online store and gets my music on iTunes, Amazon and a couple of other places in addition to Spotify.
Step 3: Correct Format for My Digital Music
I started my account and started to upload a song, only to discover that it needed to be in a certain format (mp3, 44.1 kHz, minimum 192 kbps). My music wasn't in this exact format, and so I found a free software online that allowed me to convert my files into the required format, LameXP.
Just that innocent curiosity, asking "What if I could have my music on Spotify?" and not having any expectations, was all it took. Sometimes when we grow up we learn about the restrictions of the world and we lose that inherent innocent knowing that anything we desire is possible to achieve.
I continue to blog about songwriting, music theory and the publishing process on www.soundfromtheheart.com!