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.

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.

Can I Upload a Single Before My Album and then Include that Single on My Album?

Yes.

Artists and Labels are able to upload a single before their albums and then also include the single on the album.

Upload the single first, and then when your ready you can upload your entire album (including the single) as a separate release.

Once the album is live in stores it’s then up to you whether you would like to leave the single live or get in touch with our support team and take down the single.

Note: Within the RouteNote system you aren’t able to use the same ISRC for both the single and then the single within the album. This would cause issues with our statistics system.

How Do I Switch to RouteNote from Another Music Distributor like Tunecore, CDBaby, Ditto Music, Amuse or Distrokid?

It’s very easy to switch to RouteNote from another music distributor.

In order to switch to RouteNote from another distributor you will need to contact your current distributor and request that they take your content down from stores and streaming services.

Once they have provided you with a date your music will be removed you can then upload your music into RouteNote and we will send it out to stores and streaming services.

When uploading make sure you use the same ISRC and UPCs as you did with your old distributor as this will help to keep your statistics and playlists within streaming services.

How often do RouteNote send out statistics and payments?

Here’s a guide to when and how often you’ll be paid when you upload your music to online stores and streaming services with RouteNote.

Once you’ve uploaded your music to us, we’ve looked it over and approved it to be sent to your chosen services, and it’s live online – it’s time to see how well you’re doing and reap your earnings.

We upload your statistics 45 days after the end of each month. So if your music is online in January being streamed by people from anywhere, then we will have the data ready for you to see in your account on the 15th March.

Payments will be sent out on the same schedule but you will need to have earned $50 or more first. This is to reduce the charges that PayPal incur when we send you your earnings ensuring that you keep as much of your money as possible.

If you have any questions or issues feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, or drop us an email at support@routenote.com

How to get people streaming your music

We’re proud to make it free and easy for artists to get their music on all the biggest services around the world – now it’s time to get people listening!

So your music is online and available for people to hear from wherever they are on top services like Spotify and Apple Music. The next step is to get people listening so the streams start racking up and your fan-base builds across the globe.

There are lots of ways to reach fans new and old. We’re going to share some of the best methods we know so you can build your streaming presence and inspire yourself to find new ways to get your music heard.

Use Social Media

There are purists who don’t want their art represented by their Facebook profile – which is fair enough. But in this day and age one of the best things you can do to grow your fan base and music career is to have well-maintained social media pages. Embracing valuable platforms doesn’t make you a sell-out!

Being up on your social media as an artist requires more than just sharing your latest track when it’s released. You want to be posting as much as you can to keep people engaged. Depending on how you want to present yourself and what you’re doing as an artist there is lots of types of content to choose from you can share.

Here are some ideas:
  • Share your music. Especially if it’s new!
  • Hype upcoming releases. Share the artwork, post it’s release date, get people excited.
  • Share gigs and tour dates. This is especially important so people can come to your gigs and see when you’re in the area!
  • Share other artists. If you have other artists that your friends with or that work in your musical community promote them. It will create a good relationship with other artists and will likely result in other artists sharing you too.
  • Post snippets. Why not share bits of what you’re working on. Teasers that will create hype, remind people that you’re working on new music and give people to talk about.
  • Artist images. Images are one of the best things you can post to catch people’s eyes. Whether they’re new press photos or just a simple image to accompany an update – images have been proven to create more engagement online.
  • Videos. Videos of any kinds are also great and rank way higher for engagement. Videos from a gig, music videos, teaser videos, anything! Get creative.
  • Be original. Think of any kind of content you could create or post about. A lot of times just making sure you’re active without worrying too much about the content will help to keep your page active and therefore keep your music current. Though it’s probably best to keep it relevant and not spam memes…

Use Playlists

It used to be that radio made you a hit. If your new single made it onto a radio station then it was being broadcast to thousands maybe millions of people.

It’s been said many times and I’ll say it again: Playlists are the new radio.

Playlists have become massive with music streaming services. There are playlists on services like Spotify that have millions of subscribers coming back every week to see what’s new.

Playlists are curated by a range of different influencers who find the latest and greatest music that either fits a certain genre or theme and presents it to all the playlists listeners.

It’s an amazing way to get heard amongst a bunch of other similar artists.

There are a few ways you can get picked up for playlists. Simply being on streaming services is the most important as you never know who might find your music and share it when it’s there to be found.

Spotify have a tool in Spotify for Artists that lets you submit music to be considered for hundreds of their massive playlists.

Share your music as much as you can. The key to getting heard by the right person is putting it out there for them to find.

Network

Getting to know other artists and people involved in the industry is a great way to get your name out there. Communities are massively important for artists and helps them and their music scene to thrive.

Gigging with other artists will bring your separate fan-bases together which immediately puts your music in front of a bunch of potential new die-hard supporters.

The connections you make by being social within your music scene with the artists, managers, labels, tour crew, and more gives you lots of people who will talk about you to others as well as connections for reaching out further.

You never know who will be an in to a massive gig slot or your dream record label.

Don’t Be Exclusive

Put your music in as many places as you can so it has the best chances of being seen. Whilst you have the biggest audience on Spotify, there are hundreds-of-millions of other potential listeners on Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and many more.

Make sure everyone can listen to your music and you’re guaranteed to get more listeners.

At RouteNote we work with all of the services listed above and many more to get artists music live. We make it simple and we do it for free so that everyone has a chance. Whether you’re an artist, group or label you can sign up for free at www.routenote.com.

How to get my music on YouTube Music free

Over a billion people use YouTube and with YouTube Music they’ve created a dedicated platform for all of the great music uploaded and released around the world. Get your music in front of that giant audience for FREE with RouteNote.

Getting your music on the top services gives people from all around the world the ability to discover and listen to your music at any time. YouTube Music is the new home for music on YouTube bringing a dedicated music streaming service to the world’s favourite home for video.

Artists and labels can sign up for free to RouteNote and send their music to YouTube Music and all the other leading music services around the world, including: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon, and many more.

It’s completely free to upload and select any and all of the places you want your music to go, anywhere in the world you like. You keep 85% of all the net profits your music makes as people listen to it from all over the planet.

Just select Google when you upload your music and your music will be sent to YouTube Music and Google’s partner streaming service, Google Play Music.

We also have a Premium plan which allows you to keep 100% of everything you make for a small upfront cost, if it suits you better. You can switch between free and Premium for every piece of music you release at any time you like with full flexibility and total transparency.

So don’t delay! Sign up at www.routenote.com today and start your global music journey.