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Streamline with Mike Warner

Streamline with Mike Warner

Author: Mike Warner

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Giving artists and their teams the latest tips, tricks, advice and news in bite sized episodes. This podcast aims to help you stay updated, informed and succeed in the music industry!
76 Episodes
In this episode I discuss the importance of including an ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) when including a previously released song in a new release. The example I share is the new single 'Big Blue Sky' which is a collaboration between Date Night (my group) and Chris Robley. On this release we included a second song 'True North' which was previously released. On release day there was over had 1 million streams in Spotify for Artists because of the existing streams that 'True North' had already were merged. This shows the power of an ISRC and why artists should consider releasing EP's, Compilations and Albums to include previously released songs and give them another chance to be heard.
In this season of the podcast we invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This episode features Nick Ditri from The Disco Fries. Follow The Disco Fries on Twitter, Instagram & TikTok @TheDiscoFries Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @
In this season of the podcast I invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This episode features Dr. Ulf Oesterle . Follow Dr. Ulf Oesterle on Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @
In this season of the podcast I invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This episode features Andrea Young. Follow Andrea Young on Twitter and Instagram. Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @
Clubhouse is an audio only app that is taking over (almost) globally and has some truly exciting potential. Hope to see you on there soon! Follow me @MikeWarner and let's chat!
In this season of the podcast I invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This episode features Kelli-Leigh . Follow Kelli-Leigh on Twitter and Instagram @kellileighuk Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @
In this season of the podcast I invite music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This first episode features Troy Carter Jr . Follow Troy on Twitter @troycarterjr and on Instagram @troycarterjrr  Learn everything Mike knows on the #WorkHardPlaylistHard website @ 
Spotify Canvas

Spotify Canvas


Hey guys! It's Mike Warner and you’re tuned into Streamline with Mike Warner. Today I wanted to update you on an exciting feature that Spotify has finally made available to most artists. It’s called Canvas. If you’ve pressed play on a track from a major artist on Spotify, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of them have short video clips that play instead of the usual static cover art. That’s Canvas. It’s basically an 8 second loop of any video you want. It's kind of like a mini music video. And until now, you basically had to be [Drake] to have access to it. So, how do you make yours? It’s pretty simple. Log in to Spotify for Artists, go to Music, pick a song and click ADD CANVAS. Then just click the big plus sign and upload your video file. Make sure your video is 9x16 and 720 px and... it should be up in around an hour! If you don’t see this option yet in your Spotify for Artists, just be patient - They’re still rolling it out. Oh, and if you don’t know how to make a video that fits those specs, you can always find someone who does on SoundBetter, which is Spotify’s own work-for-hire site to hire other creatives. That’s it! I can’t wait to see all the cool videos you guys come up with. Definitely tag me so I can see them or if you have any questions @askmikewarner, and follow the academy at @workhardplaylisthard for other quick tips like this!
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In this episode I discuss preview start times when uploading your music through a distributor and why it is so important to select the correct start time for your audio previews.  Follow @askmikewarner on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Visit for live workshops, blog posts and more!
Instagram are allowing users to change the app icon. This easter egg is part of their birthday celebration. In this episode I go through the steps to change your Instagram app icon but for those that didn't quite catch what I said here they are below. In the Instagram App  -tap the person icon in bottom right corner. -tap the three lines (or hamburger icon) in the top right corner -tap on settings -press and hold anywhere in that menu and drag your finger down -keep your finger pressed and four emojis will show From this screen you can now select your Instagram icon, as pictured in the artwork for this episode. If you find this helpful please share it with a friend and follow me on Instagram @askmikewarner
Spotify Promo Cards

Spotify Promo Cards


Spotify's latest tool for Artists and Podcasters is Promo Cards. These graphics are quickly formatted and ready for social media sharing. With color customization and three different aspect ratios to choose from. You can create a promo card for an Artist, Album, Song, Podcast or Podcast Episode. An example can be seen in the artwork for this podcast episode and you can create your own at  More information on this will be added to the blog at
Twitch Soundtrack BETA

Twitch Soundtrack BETA


The team at Twitch have launched yet another tool. This one is called Soundtrack and allows Creators to to stream globally rights cleared music in their live streams. This tool will remove any risks associated with playing music during livestreams for creators but also has a host benefits for the artists. When viewers discover a track they love, they can save it or add to a playlist on their music service of choice. Initial playlists include hip hip, edm, lofi, metal and with more playlists and stations coming soon. These are curated in-house by the Twitch music team. Artists who distribute their music through SoundCloud or DistroKid can opt-in to Twitch Soundtrack beta as a store in their dashboards. Artists with a label or partner should reach out directly. Artists that have added their music to Twitch Soundtrack can also link their Twitch channel which allows fans of their music to follow their Twitch channel and be notified whenever the artist goes live. Links to the official announcement on the Twitch blog can be found here Twitch Soundtrack BETA - Join the Waitlist Twitch Soundtrack BETA - Announcement Follow me on Twitch
In the wake of COVID-19, many artists have adapted and innovated in incredible ways. Virtual performances have become a vital way for artists to connect with their fans, and even find new fans. Spotify now allow artists to show listings for online streams and virtual performances in the concert tab. In this brief episode I explain what is required. Sites mentioned include and
I use Anchor to host and distribute my podcast. In the Anchor app there is a cool feature that lets you record a voice message for me. I can then include this in a future episode of the podcast. Check it out! Feel free to record any questions, news, or thoughts as a voice message and I may just include it in the podcast!
Podcasts are now available on Amazon Music. In this episode I share how you can get your podcast added. If you have an Alexa device be sure to say “Alexa, play Streamline with Mike Warner on Amazon Music” 📈
Apple Music artist playlists appear to have made a comeback. Listen to this episode for a quick walkthrough of how to create a playlist as an artist and drive more traffic from that playlist to your artist profile.
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My Release Radar on Spotify is bigger than yours. Well, probably. In this episode I share how long my Release Radar runs for and why. Also, here’s a link if you want to follow and listen to my very broad (random) music taste!
Distributing your music to Pandora is only part of the process. Follow the steps mentioned in this episode to make sure your music is available across Pandora’s ad-supported radio service, Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium. Filling out this simple request form can be done at
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