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Get to know: Craig from Polydor

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We caught up with our Guest Scout Craig from Polydor Records for a chat. Read below to find out what he had to say, and get an idea of what kind of artists he’s on the look out for, it could improve your chances!

Don’t forget, you only have until the 19th December to push to Craig and the other guest scouts as part of our Sound Advice month so don’t miss out!

SU: What was the first record you bought?
Craig: “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men (single) / “Suedehead – Best of Morrissey” (Album).

SU: Which song is your guilty pleasure?
Craig: Haha… “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry. Read more

Get to know: Ben from Virgin EMI Records

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We caught up with our Guest Scout Ben from Virgin EMI for a little chat. Read below to find out what he had to say, and get an idea of what kind of artists he’s on the look out for, it could improve your chances!

Don’t forget you can push your music to Ben until December 19th 2016, as part of our Sound Advice month!

SU: What was the first that you bought?
Ben: Oh, Inverted World – The Shins.

SU: Which song is your secret guilty pleasure?
Ben: Mhmm… Call Me Al by Paul Simon.

SU: What are your ears being treated to at the moment?
Ben: It took me a while to get into the album but my ears are now loving Bon Iver’s 22, A Million.  Read more

Get to know: Dan from Island Records


We caught up with our Guest Scout Dan from the legendary Island Records for a little chat to get to know him a bit better. Read below to find out more about him, and get an idea of what kind of artists he’s on the look out for, it could improve your chances!

Don’t forget you can push your music to Dan until December 19th 2016, as part of our Sound Advice month! 

SU: What was the first record you bought?
Dan: I think it was Beatles – Abbey Road, timeless classic.

SU: What would you say is your music guilty pleasure?
Dan: Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita

SU: What is your choice of listening right now?
Dan: Bon Iver – 22, A Million, I think it’s quite a lot of peoples right now Read more

Spinnup reaches 100,000 artists!

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They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s really flown here at Spinnup!

It feels like just yesterday we launched from the Universal Music offices in Stockholm. Now three years later we are celebrating 100,000 artists on the platform!

In those three years we have also:  Read more

Introducing: Sound Advice



Spinnup UK are pleased to present Sound Advice, an initiative designed by artists, for artists.

A combination of free releases, expert advice and exclusive access to some of the UK’s leading industry figures, Sound Advice aims to give Spinnup artists the information and tools they need to prepare for the new year and give their careers a kick start.

All Spinnup UK users will have access to:

  • FREE single releases from BST 10am November 21 – BST 11.59pm December 31, 2016
  • THREE Universal Music A&R Guest Scouts from Island Records, Polydor Records and Virgin EMI Records
  • TWO live Q&A sessions with leading industry figures from Universal Music

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Live stream your MusicNow!

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With Spinnup you can release your tunes to the world via our top digital music retail and streaming partners. But what about when you want the world to see your beautiful faces, and witness your music as it’s being played? Thanks to our friends at MusicNow, you can!

We have seen MusicNow in action first hand, using several cameras to stream live to Facebook, as we did for the Raptags 2016 final held by Spinnup Germany and Chapter One. Check out the live stream here, which accumulated thousands of views, likes, shares and comments!

What is MusicNow?

MusicNow is a live video streaming service for musicians. You can live stream your concerts or rehearsals easily just by using your iPhone or iPad! What’s even better is that it’s completely free for fans and musicians.

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Would you like some Sound Advice?


Last week we announced to our Spinnup UK artists that we had a few treats in store over the last few weeks of 2016 as part of our new Sound Advice initiative. We just couldn’t keep it all to ourselves and announced that we would be launching FREE single releases for the rest of the year, starting November 21, 2016.

Now we can reveal that in addition to releasing as many singles as you would like COMPLETELY FREE until the end of December, we have also recruited three fully-fledged Universal Music A&Rs to to join our team of UK Spinnup Scouts as Guest Scouts from November 21 – December 21!

That’s one full month to upload your music, push your releases, and receive feedback from people who have worked with the likes of Mabel, Fickle Friends and Maggie Rogers. This means you have an even higher chance than usual of being discovered and signed by Universal Music.

We will help you get to know our Guest Scouts a bit better over the coming days, but for now please help us welcome Dan from Island Records, Craig from Polydor and Ben from Virgin EMI!

Their Guest Scout profiles will be live from 10am on Monday November 21, which is when you will be able to start pushing your tracks to them. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Stay tuned for more details on our upcoming live Q&As over the next four weeks with industry folk at Universal Music UK for even more Sound Advice


Spinnup UK Partners With Dizzyjam

At Spinnup, we’ve partnered with on-demand merch company Dizzyjam to cater for your merch needs…without the stock risk and with an exclusive bonus discount!

Dizzyjam makes it easy for anyone who makes or plays music to create and sell their merch, direct to their fans. All you need is a logo or design, and they do the rest. Just create your merch online using the product creator, and you can instantly start selling worldwide. They give you a free shop, embed codes, Facebook stores and a whole bunch more useful tools to help you sell merch to your fans.

The whole process is completely free, and will never cost a penny. You just decide how much you want to make for each product sold – whether that’s a t-shirt, hoodie, cap, bag or mug. And as a Spinnup user you get a bonus payment on each sale!



Introducing New Guest Scout Annie!

We have special guest Scout Annie, senior A&R Manager at Island Records, who has joined us on Spinnup for a limited time, on the look out for hot new acts! Annie says:

“We at Island are not searching for any specific genre… We aren’t explicitly looking for either a band or a solo female artist or a duo, that’s not how we work.
We are always looking for a voice and we are looking for great songs. If you are playing live and beginning to gain fans that is fantastic too.”

Annie is currently working with artists such as Ben Howard, Hozier and Nina Nesbitt. You can make your FREE single release on Spinnup today and push your music to Annie, to get constructive feedback and there is the chance you could be what she’s looking for! Click here to find out more.


Spinnup Team Up With Unsigned Music Awards

Here at Spinnup we’re excited to announce another fantastic partnership to benefit our artists!

We’ve joined up with the Unsigned Music Awards, the first ever major televised industry awards show, dedicated exclusively to unsigned and emerging artists.

The UMAs will be looking out for the best new talent in the UK, if you want to enter you could be in with the chance of winning an award, when the show airs in February 2016!

The awards are judged by more than 60 high profile industry professionals, including our very own Spinnup representatives! A great opportunity to get yourself in front of many influential people.

To enter is free and all you need to do is let the panel know a little bit about you and upload your music.

Head to www.theumas.com for more info and to get involved.

Good luck!


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