The greatest FREE music tools available in 2019 (video)

Your man Andrew Huang is back to expand your repertoire with the very best tools you can use in your music – and they are all 100% free!

If anyone knows where to get great tools to enhance and create music with it’s Andrew Huang.

Here are links for all of the awesome tools he mentions in the video:

Garageband desktop: Cakewalk:…
Jeskola Buzz:
Spitfire LABS:
Native Instruments Komplete Start:…
VCV Rack:
Pure Data:
Garageband app:…
Bandlab app:

How to get over lyrical writer’s block

We’ve all been there before: You’re feeling inspired, you sit down ready to write a new song and when you pick up the pen… nothing comes. Writer’s block isn’t just for authors, it happens to musicians all the time.

Don’t you fear! There are ways to overcome this mental block stopping the lyrics flowing from your dome to the paper. Try these techniques and the right words will be coming out in no time.

Lyrical Mood Boards

Got a theme or a mood you want to write lyrics about but not sure where to start? Brainstorm! Write down what you can see, smell, where you are, single words of how you’re feeling. Try to match your feelings or theme to pictures or textures. All of these rich words and sensory thoughts will be the material to paint your lyrics and enable the listener to connect with your music much more easily.

Keep a Diary

If you’re like me, you’ll be awful at keeping a diary, however I’ll always make sure I’ve got a notepad or my phone on me so whenever any poetic, fleeting thoughts pop into my head I can make sure I document them. Take this notepad with you to places you know will evoke emotion or nostalgia in you and see what happens to pop into your head. I’ve amassed 10 or so pages of mostly singular words, or sentimental sayings using this technique which are now scribbled all over my room for my next lyric writing session.

Keep Your Vocabulary Fresh

Your lyric writing could see a new lease of life from you expanding your vocabulary and reading habits. Try sourcing out poems, books, music reviews that are out of your comfort zone or materials you wouldn’t necessarily glance over. Some of the most vivid lyrics I have written have been after reading things I wouldn’t have thought about even picking up. Even if you’re only wanting to expand your vocabulary a little, pick up a thesaurus or dictionary. Maybe don’t try and use pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis in your lyrics though!

Stream of Consciousness

This was a lyric writing technique that was taught to me whilst studying for my degree. Initially I was quite skeptical of it but it turned out to bring some great lyric-writing benefits. Get a pen and a piece of paper and just start writing. Don’t think about it, don’t hesitate or correct what you’re doing. Stream of consciousness can make you feel awkward or give you the urge to edit what you’ve written. Although at the same time, you will produce lyrics and discover thoughts you weren’t conscious of.

You can now use Stripe to pay for RouteNote Premium

We’ve added Stripe so that when you want to keep 100% of the earnings your music makes, you have a choice for how to pay.

Now you can choose between Stripe and PayPal when you upload your music to pay for Premium distribution. Stripe offers another secure and direct payment option for using RouteNote Premium to get your music on the top services worldwide.

Stripe allows you to pay by card directly from your bank account securely. Stripe is also available in countries where PayPal isn’t so more users will have the option to sign up for RouteNote Premium.

RouteNote Premium allows you to pay a small upfront cost that lets you keep 100% of all your earnings. When you upload your music to all of the top digital stores and streaming services you can keep everything you make from sales and streams with RouteNote Premium.

Get your music online on all of the world’s biggest download stores and streaming services at now.

Library Section on Spotify Premium is Changing! Spotify Trying to Drive Podcast Adoption (Video)

Spotify are going to be introducing a new UI for Spotify Premium customers which will split between Music and Podcasts.

The Podcasts section will also split between Episodes, Downloads and Shows. This is all done via a swipe right feature that Spotify really should have been using for some time, but haven’t.

I think this is a very positive change, but it shows Spotify’s intent to really drive listeners into Podcasts (which makes them a higher margin and even pushes podcasts that they own!).

What is YouTube Content ID and How Does It Work? (Video)

What is YouTube Content ID and how does it work?

This is the RouteNote overview of the YouTube Content ID system and how it works. We run through the basics of how the system works, what YouTube Content ID can do, how it can monetize your music and what music is eligible for the YouTube Content ID system.

Remember that you can sign up for Free to RouteNote and upload your music into the YouTube Content ID system.

How Do I Get My Music onto YouTube Music for FREE

Artists and Labels can now get their music onto YouTube Music completely for free via RouteNote.


  1. Create or Login to your RouteNote Account
  2. Create a new release and Upload your music
  3. Select Google Play / YouTube Music as a store
  4. Finish your release and its done!

YouTube Music is linked directly with Google Play and all the arts tracks are created from there that show in YouTube Music.

Music Listeners Aren’t Listening to the Top 500 Artists They Are Streaming More and More Independent Artists and Labels

Recent BuzzAngle report showed that top 500 streamed tracks in the USA were up just 4% last year. This is hugely down from the overall streaming count that was up 42%.

Consumers are now consuming more music than ever before and the music they are consuming is not your standard Pop Chart hits or even the top 500 tracks in streaming services in general. Its the longtail! All the independent artists and labels around the world in all genres.