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WINNERS MONTH #1!

Announcing the winners of month #1! You’ve all done a great job but the following Scouts did extra great:

BIG CHALLENGE – THE RECRUITMENT CHALLENGE
Zoofie Ljung. With a total of three artists resulting in two releases, the recruiter of the month is spelled Z-O-O-F-I-E. Congratulations to you! Zoofie will be presented on the blog and in social media, and also wins awesome concert tickets for herself and a friend!

SMALL CHALLENGE – PIMP YOUR PROFILE
With a well written describing text, a cool presentation video and sweet profile pic, the winner of the first small challenge iiiiiiis….. Beatrice Granath! Beatrice wins some nice merch that she can rock out with. Isn’t that sweet?

STANDARD CHALLENGES
Best listener: It’s a draw!  Three Scouts have been very active and listened frequently to the music on Spinnup: Niklas Hansson, Annie Turesson and Jonatan Södergren.

Best commentator: With a very active rate of commenting and constructive feedback, the winner of best commentator is John Strömberg!

Congratulations to you all! You will be awarded the stylish badges that will make your profiles even more attractive, and they will pop up there shortly!

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How to get a Spinnup Scout’s attention

Spinnup Scouts are always scouring the site for new talent to work with. But who are they and what exactly are they looking for?

Every one of our Scouts has been carefully chosen because of their background within music. The team includes people with degrees in music production, educations in music & event management, writers for various music magazines, former musicians, copywriters, music bloggers and employees of TV media channels and nightclubs across Europe. They’re all passionate about helping you with your music career and with their extensive experience and knowledge, they’re certainly up to the job!

Using their artist matching tool, which matches them to suitable artists within their preferred genres, they check out as many artist pages as they can squeeze in. They are looking for music that is new, fresh and effortlessly catchy. It doesn’t have to appeal to everyone but they want to see that you’re a dedicated artist making a statement by being yourself and believing in your music. So have your artist profile ready and give your releases cover art that fits and enhances your image. Take advantage of the other great features on your profile page too, such as linking to all of your social media accounts or adding a video of yourself – it could be a presentation or perhaps a peek at one of your live performances!

Each month, you’ll be given three “pushes” that you can use to push your music to the Scouts you are suited to. So do your research – read about them, get to know them and find the right ingredients to get scouted – push to the right scout and get useful feedback to help your music career. And if you get scouted, they’ll help you with marketing, promotion and more!

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Work On Your Fanbase

We all know how important it is to have a fanbase, especially when it comes to spreading your name and music to a wider audience. If you’re worried about where to start and how long it’s going to take, don’t be: with dedication and the right mindset, building a fanbase is easier than you think.

Why not start by narrowing things down – what kind of music do you make? What kind of crowd are you aiming for? Where will you find them? Make use of all the social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to hype your songs and get them heard, post your latest news and promote upcoming events. It’s important to have a good artist presentation too, where you can tell people about yourself and your music (without revealing too much), and Spinnup is the perfect place for that!

Having your friends and family supporting you is a great start. It might not be thousands of people, but that doesn’t matter right now – it’s a solid foundation to build on. So invite your friends to listen to your music; if they like it they can then share it on their pages so all their friends will hear about you too. Search the web for music competitions and showcases at bars and festivals, especially over the summer, when the cities are bursting with music events. Plan ahead and be prepared by drawing up a list of gigs where potential fans will be.

So there are just a few pointers that we hope will help, inspire and motivate you to start building your fanbase. You don’t have to do it all at once – just start from somewhere. Good luck!

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Meet Anna Wihlke!

We proudly present our debut artist, Anna Wihlke, a talented aspiring pop/rock singer and songwriter. With years of experience and stories to be told, this Swedish girl based in London is ready to get things started.

She is recognized by her catchy choruses, sincere lyrics and refreshingly raw take on pop. Her unique vocals have been compared to iconic artists such as Tori Amos, Dolores O’Riordan and Gwen Stefani. Coming across as a stubborn Lolita, Anna’s lyrics reflect on the meaning of commitment and explore the fine lines between devotion, abuse, love and obsession. She describes her writing as a way of communicating what’s hard to explain face to face. In every song dialogues can be traced, inviting the listener to witness private scenarios over cinematic soundtracks.

Although Anna started writing and recording her own songs at the age of seven and has a background in classical music as well as a degree in rhetoric, she still considers herself to be an underdog. But now she’s ready to change all that, with three songs, ‘Only Rational Thing’, ‘Lap Girl’, and ‘List Of You’, recorded and mixed over three days in her home studio and written exclusively for Spinnup – “I like my roast rare,” she grins.

Photographer: Michel Widenius

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Introducing My Remorse!

We are pleased to announce our debut band, My Remorse, featuring lead singer Christian together with Björn, Jonatan, Marcus and Gustaf. The boys from Hassleholm, Sweden are now out with their incredible interpretation of the song Skyfall by Adele.

My Remorse started years ago as an experimental music project, influenced and inspired by bands such as Dream Theater and Dead By April. Christian explains that, while still a metal band, their sound has developed to combine pop and rock with progressive metal and electronic elements – you can even find hip hop beats in some of their productions. They believe in creating music that appeals to everyone, with strong melodies and harmonies like you hear on the radio, mixed with heavy breakdowns, interesting time signatures, dance music and orchestral strings.

In 2012 they released their full-length debut, a concept album which was produced entirely by the band itself, with a little help from their friends. They gained lots more experience, too, performing at various Swedish festivals and even participating in a TV show. My Remorse made a great start with their album but we’re sure we’ll hear some spicy new material soon!

 

 

Listen to their songs on their profile.

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The first standard challenge

Best listener/commentator

The standard challenge is yeah, pretty standard. The best listener and commentator gets awarded the trophy in the shape of a stylish badge to make your profile even more attractive! Remember, to have these badges on your profile makes you even more attractive for the artists. And have in mind that not only quantity but even more quality counts! So make sure you write something constructive when providing feedback.

Now, give those tracks a listen (and drop a line to the creator)!

This challenge runs until the end of the beta period.

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The first small challenge

Style your profile

The first small challenge is a pretty basic one – we call it the “style your profile” challenge. Complete your profile, and style it as much you can – the one with the smoothest one gets the gold! The winner is selected by the end of the month by a solid jury containing people from the Spinnup team. Good luck!

This challenge runs until the end of the beta period.

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The recruitment challenge

We at Spinnup are proud to present to you the first big challenge: the recruitment challenge!

Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like, the scout that recruits the most artists into Spinnup will win the challenge and take home the desirable prize. In order for us to be able to keep track of the amount of artists recruited by each scout, use your unique invite code that you’ve been given. To encourage creativity, we will also award the most creative campaign. So yeah, there are two prizes to this challenge!

Make sure to document the process and send it to our Scout Manager at scoutmanager@spinnup.com.

How will you do it? We don’t know, but get to it!

This challenge runs until the end of the beta period.

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