One of the most overlooked ways listeners discover music is through Shazam. Picture this–you start to get a local following of about 20 people at your shows. Because of your new found popularity, the cute girl at the local pizza shop is cranking out your songs and the local booking agent walks in and hears this song and wants to figure out who it is. Since the cute cashier girl is consumed by the delivery boy making the moves on her, the booking agent calls up the Shazam app in their phone to look you up, find your music, fall in love with it and wind up putting you as the opening band on the next huge show they book. Or they can look you up in Shazam and you don’t come up and you lose this great opportunity. Making sure your music is on Shazam can be the gateway to opportunities made or opportunities lost when someone looks up your music when they become curious about it.
So how do you make sure your music is there? A great first step is to play one of your songs from each release you have and make sure your songs come up on the service. If they don’t most of the digital distributors like CD Baby, One RPM, The Orchard, IODA etc will all get your music to the service. If your music is already on iTunes you can email an application to this address and get it there with no additional cost.