How to get your Spotify artist profile verified

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If you have released music digitally via Railbird or any other distributor who delivers to Spotify then you will have an artist profile presenting that music to Spotify users.
With 75 Million active users and more than 20 million paying subscribers in 58 markets worldwide it’s a platform that’s hard to ignore at this point.

You may see artists with a nice ‘blue tick’ next to their artist profile image. These are verified or VIP profiles who have connected their own personal Spotify account to their artist profile, eg:

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Doing this enables you to communicate directly to your followers on Spotify via playlist posting, and updates regarding your new releases.

Labels can also apply for a label account in order to post playlists under the banner of your label brand.

To start the process of getting your artist profile verified you will need to meet the following criteria:
a) greater than 250 followers
b) have music on the service, and
c) have a working username.

To apply as an artist follow this linkhttp://www.spotifyartists.com/verification/

To apply for a label account follow the following linkhttp://bit.ly/1NJv1l9

Contact us to discuss your distribution requirements.

JRB.

 

railbird

Railbird Releases w/c 4th September

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AMIT – Fatty Batty / Operator [AMAR005]
Label:
AMAR

Hot off the back of his ‘Four Stories’ EP AMIT returns with another bold instalment on his beloved label AMAR. Armed with a Trombone, Melodica & serious sub pressure, AMIT delivers a chunky number in ‘Fatty Batty’, this composition has be best described as both “Fatty Batty by name and nature”. For the Flip, AMIT delivers a nostalgic Dub/Jungle/Halftime number in ‘Operator’, reminding us of our past, present and future.

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Current Value & Prolix – Get Down to It / Fake [TKRUK011]
Label: Trendkill Records
Currently available exclusively via Beatport: http://btprt.dj/1L9uJPE

Debut on the label from Germany’s premier noise-mongerer Current Value who’s appeared on notable labels such as Critical Music, Blackout and undertaken collabs with the likes of Noisia. Superbly produced Drum & Bass on offer here, perfect for the dancefloor.

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Karma – Heal [IMRV014]
Label: Innamind Recordings

Karma returns and makes his debut on Innamind Recordings having made his name via VIVEK’s System Music imprint. A well respected Deep Dubstep producer who’s productions are always sought after. Released on both 12″ 180 gram vinyl and Digital. Mastered by Beau at Ten Eight Seven Mastering. Artwork by LAS. Support from V.I.V.E.K, J-Kenzo, LAS, Gantz, Benny Ill.

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Seba, Paradox & Robert Manos – Because [PM030]
Label: Paradox Music

Red & Black clear vinyl in die-cut logo jacket. Seba, Paradox & Manos are back with a brand new vocal 12” perfect for summer 2015. ‘Because’ sees the trio return to their early collab roots with its dreamy pads and accompanying b-line. Two contrasting breakbeats switch positions with synth hooks whilst Manos’s vocals let the music breath. Inspired by the groups Sunandbass festival appearances, summer is here in the shape of PM030. The ingredients of Rhode keys, subtle chords and strings grab you on the flipside. Classic breaks, deep bass and a vocal tale courtesy of Robert Manos combine for the infectious ‘Lie to Me’. Sit back and relax in the sun with Seba, Paradox & Robert Manos.

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Da Fuchaman – Burning (Remixes) [RTZD010]
Label: Run Tingz Recordings
Currently available exclusively via Juno for 1 week: http://bit.ly/1EFA18E

Run Tingz Digital is back with the follow up to Kursiva’s High Vibes, with a label debut for a new name in town.. Da Fuchaman! Hot off the back of Run Tingz Cru & Da Fuchaman PA’ing some forthcoming projects on Run Tingz Recordings to huge crowds at Boomtown Fair’s Hidden Woods, the label’s next Digital bundle welcomes Gold Dubs back into the fore alongside label regular J-Man. There’s two original mixes on this release from the aforementioned producers – each providing their own take on this unique Bristol based vocalist’s talents! Gold Dubs has gone with his typically more rolling sound on this lick – demonstrating why he is one of the hottest properties on the circuit right now! J-Man has employed a ‘Dread’ style baseline that harks back to that classic Jungle sound that has kept the genre so popular right through until this day.

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J-One – Waiting [HOS012]
Label: Hear Other Sounds

Waiting EP marks the second release from J-One on Hear Other Sounds. The South Coast producer delivers with an uncompromising 4 track EP showcasing his talent for harmonious synth lines and intricate vocal sampling. This release contrasts 2013’s Yours by entering darker territory but still shows the versatile artist balancing between stripped back 2-step drum patterns and melodic design.

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Yaporigami – Grind Analysts, Fig. 1 [SL001]
Label: Stray Landings Recordings

The musical background of Japanese sound-artist Yu Miyashita is somewhat split. His longest standing project, Yaporigami, spans back to 2006 when he first released under the name – yet the music Miyashita has begun releasing under his birthname has become increasingly significant in recent years. Indeed, debuting on Mille Plateaux as he did with the first Miyashita LP Noble Niche in 2011 is a rather impressive first footing for any new project, and not one that has restricted his further movements.

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Psyek & Local Heroes – MSM EP [ARX047]
Label: Architecture Recordings
Currently available exclusively via Juno for 1 week: http://bit.ly/1L9xksK

A collaborative EP from two newcomers to the Drum & Bass scene Psyek & Local Heroes. Exploring minimal, atmospheric and breakbeat all within the Drum & Bass framework.

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Copy & Paste – Society Says EP [COL024]
Label: Colours Audio
Currently available exclusively via Juno for 1 week: http://bit.ly/1EF4iEs

Resident label artist Copy & Paste returns with his third EP for the Colours Audio label, ran and A&R’d by Jayce (aka DJ Ink).

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BrukRode – The Wolf / Fillmore [DECA049]
Label: Deca Rhythm

BrukRode is on a roll right now with back to back Deca Rhythm releases and strong support from the likes of Kamikaze Space Programme and Paul Mac. BrukRode is an alter-ego for legendary D&B producer Skitty, a long time music producer and DJ who these days is making waves in the Techno communities.

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Orphan101 & RED5 – Saturated Analogue [DECA050]
Label: Deca Rhythm

Hard-edged techno rollers from one of the masters of the underground Bristol scene, having appeared on labels such as Apple Pips, Saigon Recordings and of course his very own Deca Rhythm.

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info@railbird-digital.co.uk

JRB.

Introducing “Stems”

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“As a premium file format, Stems can create new revenue streams for labels and online music stores to grow their business. A new release will boost label visibility while the hooks, basslines, and more from classic hits are reborn through the imagination of countless DJs and producers”.

You may already be aware of this service having recently popped up on a lot of the major digital stores (such as Beatport, JunoDownload etc).

Railbird Digital can cater for this additional revenue angle for you.
Any revenue earned via Stems would appear on monthly statements as normal under the store Stems were purchased.

In short, ‘Stems’ is a way to bundle (in a .mp4 container) both the original track(s) together with each individual component/stem specific to that track(s).
Currently the stems are compatible for users of the Traktor software, but this will soon be rolled out for use with additional software/hardware.

New Stem releases are currently working to a 6 week lead-time, so take a look at your release schedule and see if there could be some opportunities for you to take a look at.
Consider for all future releases making sure when your artists send over their premasters that they also export the individual stems.

If you’d like to discuss a Stem release to coincide with a standard digital release or need any help whatsoever get in touch.

More info: http://www.stems-music.com/

JRB.

 

railbird

Railbird Releases w/c 14th Aug

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Greta Cottage Woodpile [GCWP04]
Inhmost – Dragbacks on Dockweiler State Beach

Greta Cottage Woodpile bringing some ecstatic ambient works to dinner. Inhmost recalls distant memories of a sun bleached beach and former glories faded back into sand. A time of youthful hope and dreams of grandeur that have morphed over the years into reminiscent memories for two of the crew…

As if Inhmost climbed into their minds and created a dusty road trip using gear from the era – glacial reverbs and slow motion builds drip from speakers, floating audio across ears like filamentous achenes from a dandelion.

Miniscule hints of Goan beaches and horizontal D&B backrooms drift past your frame of reference, never breaking that stream of consciousness beaming out from the sun shadow of Dockweiler State Beach.

An LP for summer earbuds & early morning sunrise sessions, ambient music that is unashamedly retro, yet staring hard into the future with asynchronous joy.

If you recall The Orb & KLF Chillout reigned supreme over your post rave mornings, as you nursed a cup of tea and a roach then this Trip is for you… and if you don’t, enjoy your travels with an open mind. Bliss Out.

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Stand Firm Hi-fi [SFHF002]
martianMan – Keep Your Dread

Stand Firm Hi-Fi vol. 2 comes from martianMan – A student of the game who has built up a solid reputation as a producer with strong releases on Scientific Wax, Eastern Promise, Omni Music, and Monochrome recordings. Comes backed with a superb refix courtesy of Rupture’s Double 0.

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Untied [UD002]
Ohmtrix – Judgement EP
Currently exclusive to JunoDownload for 1 week: http://bit.ly/1N77rj2

Zagreb’s Untied imprint is ready to unleash their 2nd outing, this time coming from Londoner Ωhmtrix, featuring a fresh Darkimh remix.

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Liondub-ODT Muzik [LNDBXODT002]
Navigator – Sound the Alarm Remixes

After a very successful launch resulting in the original release of this burner reaching #1 on the Juno DnB & Jungle download chart, Liondub-ODT Muzik ready up again with a crocus bag of hardware remixes for the avid listener and discerning selectors globally.

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> Also released store-wide today (previously exclusives):

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Trendkill Records [TKRUK010]
The Clamps – Nerves

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Southside Dubstar UK [SDUK021]
Risked – Pure EP

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Totally Dubwise Recordings [TDWR007]
Fleck & Dark Angel – Tell Em

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> info@railbird-digital.co.uk

JRB.

 

LX One – Motions LP [Wheel & Deal Records]

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WHEELYDEALY048 [Wheel & Deal Records]
LX One – Motions

The debut album from London’s LX One is finally upon us, it’s been a long time coming and in collaboration with DJ N-Type’s Wheel & Deal label they’ve made it happen.

Featuring 11 new and exclusive tracks from LX One and a number of vocal collaborations including Frisco (Boy Better Know), Segilola & Illaman.

Big support on this album from the likes of Youngsta (Rinse FM), J:Kenzo (Rinse FM), DJ N-Type (Rinse FM), Hatcha (Kiss FM), Icicle, Swindle, Mistajam (BBC Radio 1) & B.Traits (BBC Radio 1).

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Railbird Releases w/c 31st July

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Trendkill Records [TKRUK010]
The Clamps – Nerves
Currently exclusive to Beatport for 2 weeks: http://btprt.dj/1fPbH8M

New signing to the label The Clamps have been prolific on labels such as Citrus Recordings and Kosenprod and deservedly take the step up to appear on Prolix’s Trendkill Records. Heavy and superbly produced Drum & Bass as supported by Friction on BBC Radio 1

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Osiris Music UK [OSMUK042EP]
Killawatt – Contort

Osiris Music UK continues to force its way into Techno territories with three fiercely industrial tracks courtesy of loyal member Killawatt, his first release since his debut album on the label earlier this year. Hard hitting and refined productions from a producer that goes from strength to strength.

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Stand Firm Hi-Fi [SFHF001]
Equinox – Hard Meditation

The first release on the newly formed Stand Firm Hi-Fi label comes from the mighty Equinox, the head of the Scientific Wax family. With over 20 years in the business, and releases for Inperspective, Bassbin, Metalheads, Paradox Music, Subtle Audio, Intasound, Brain Records to name a few, this man is known as a master at his craft and we are very proud to have Equinox set the standard for future Stand Firm releases.

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Crucial Recordings [CRUCIAL002]
Sleeper – Shatterz

Second instalment on Sleeper’s new imprint Crucial Recordings, feeding off the success of 001, Alex continues in quick style to unleash 002 with three slices of previously unheard material now doing the rounds on the DJ circuit courtesy of J:Kenzo, Distance, N-Type and more. Deep and experimental Dubstep from one of the most interesting producers on the scene right now

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Aluminium Shiny Shin Side Shack Out Music [SHACK001]
The Rum Baba – Strike EP
Currently exclusive to JunoDownload for 1 week: http://bit.ly/1OFgapP

Aluminium Shiny Shin Side Shack Out is a label, podcast and party conceived by artist, Mernywernz. The first release contains 5 tracks by enigmatic producer, The Rum Baba. Drawing influences from Drum and Bass, Moombahton, Reggae, Dancehall and a whole host of other things. The Lead track has been getting support from the likes of Dub Phizix and Doc Scott. The label will launch in Berlin on 29th of August with party at Urban Spree. There will also be a single from Skittles on the way very soon…

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Deca Rhythm [DECA048]
Orphan101 & Tugger – Fat Jay
Currently exclusive to JunoDownload for 1 week: http://bit.ly/1VRoOqZ

Hard-edged techno rollers from one of the masters of the underground Bristol scene, having appeared on labels such as Apple Pips, Saigon Recordings and of course his very own Deca Rhythm.

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Totally Dubwise Recordings [TDWR007]
Fleck & Dark Angel – Tell Em
Currently exclusive to Juno for 2 weeks: http://bit.ly/1OTDq4k

Seventh release from the UK’s Totally Dubwise Recordings. A label that only started this year and has already been nominated as “Best Jungle Label”. With a plethora of material at their disposal and much more to come their latest release features smooth dancehall productions and the supreme vocal talents of Dark Angel (aka Mowty) on “Tell Em”.

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Southside Dubstar UK [SDUK021]
Risked – Pure EP
Currently exclusive to Beatport for 2 weeks: http://btprt.dj/1haSe3b

New signing to Dubstar sub-label Southside Dubstar UK Risked are a duo based in Geneva, Switzerland and receiving some great support from the likes of N-Type, Cotti, Badklaat, The Aliens UK and radio plays on Rinse FM & Get Darker.

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> info@railbird-digital.co.uk

JRB.

 

Owed revenue by STHoldings?

You have a little more than 24 hours to submit your ‘Proof of Debt’ form to Baker Tilly.

We have just received word from Baker Tilly that they are close to completion on the STHoldings liquidation with payments to labels due to be arranged in August.

Hopefully the majority of you have completed and returned your ‘Proof of Debt’ forms to Baker Tilly, if you haven’t then you need to do so today (or by EOD tomorrow 5pm GMT).

Download/Save the Proof of Debt form HERE *

When STHoldings announced they were going into liquidation you would have got a final account statement from Janet Eden stating how much you are owed – Search your email account for this email from Jan and the attached statement will detail the total owed to you which you can state on the proof of debt form.
I’m afraid we wouldn’t know how much you’re owed so you will need to find that statement if you haven’t done so already.

Once you have filled out your proof of debt form either scan or take a high quality photograph (so the entire document is perfectly legible) and email it to:
matthew [dot] vanderman [at] bakertilly [dot] co [dot] uk

‘Name of creditor’ for the purpose of the proof of debt form is your label name

railbird

Railbird New Releases w/c 13th July

 

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P.O.L. Style – Saw EP [Unknown to the Unknown]
01) Saw
02) Saw 2
03) Saw (Mike Q Remix)
04) Saw (Neana Remix)

Available exclusively from JunoDownload for one week.

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DJ Haus (UTTU) – Thug Houz Anthems, Vol. 4 [Hot Haus Recs]
01) Get Tha Fu*k Out
02) Need Sum Time
03) Hot In Dis Muthafuka
04) Touch Ur Boody

Available exclusively from JunoDownload for one week.

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DJ Madd – R&F Unlimited EP [Roots & Future]
01) Dub Foundation
02) Blaze Fiyah
03) Every Little Thing
04) Fort Greene Funk
05) Choose
06) Pushap

iTunes: http://apple.co/1K42Avi
Beatport: http://btprt.dj/1TxzEA7
Juno: http://bit.ly/1M6rv4A

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dRamatic & dBAudio – Blessing [LDMusic]
01) Blessing
02) Stormtrooper (feat. Arp-1)

iTunes: http://apple.co/1IVzb7Z
Beatport: http://btprt.dj/1Ruk4rt
Juno: http://bit.ly/1HCTd1G

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Callahan – Armshouse EP [4 Seasons Music]
01) Armshouse
02) Got Me
03) Amalaya
04) Basement Serial

Available exclusively via JunoDownload for one week.

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V/A – Averted Vision, Vol. One [Averted Vision]
01) ARtroniks – Trossen
02) Epoch – Da Hornz
03) Lowquid – Atlantis
04) Lefty – Dread
05) Inkarv & JP – Solace

Available exclusively via JunoDownload for one week.

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J:Kenzo – Straight Defeat (Remixes)

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Up next on J:Kenzo‘s label Artikal Music UK is the long awaited remix package featuring reworked versions by Caspa & Jubei of his track “Straight Defeat” (feat. Collinjah) which originally appeared on the recent label compilation “Artikal Music UK Presents: The Compilation”.

 

 

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J:Kenzo – Straight Defeat (Remixes)
01) J:Kenzo feat. Collinjah – Straight Defeat (Caspa Remix)
02) J:Kenzo feat. Collinjah – Straight Defeat (Jubei Remix)
03) J:Kenzo – Straight Defeat (Instrumental)

Purchase:
http://tinyurl.com/JKENZO-ARTKL017-BeatPort
http://tinyurl.com/JKENZO-ARTKL017-Juno
http://tinyurl.com/JKENZO-ARTKL017-iTunes
http://tinyurl.com/JKENZO-ARTKL017-GooglePlay

Vinyl:
http://bit.ly/1HaUAaw

 

JRB

 

LAS & Mikael – Outlaw EP

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LAS & Mikael – The Outlaw EP
01) LAS & Mikael – Key
02) LAS & Mikael – Outlaw
03) LAS & Mikael – Drumspeak
04) LAS – Farout
05) Mikael – Shut

The latest release from Innamind Recordings is now available, featuring two loyal members of the Innamind crew LAS and Mikael who have both previously had successful solo releases on the label. This time we see them teaming up for what is being touted as one of Innamind’s strongest releases to date.

Purchase [Digital]: http://bit.ly/1LDnbsu [Vinyl]: http://bit.ly/1GNqYNc

JRB