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How to make a live “Zoom call” video that your fans will love!

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Published by The Supreme Team on May 8, 2020

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  • How do Reposts Work?
    1. Your song is distributed to our network of SoundCloud Influencers.
    2. Our Influencers have between 10k – 500k followers each.
    3. Influencers repost your song to their followers.
    4. Followers may (or may not) choose to play, like, comment, or repost your track.
    5. The better the track, the better it will perform.
    6. You can monitor your engagements in SoundCloud Pulse or Notifications.
    7. Reposts stay active for 48 hours.
    8. To see an example of a repost schedule click here.
  • What are you going to do for me?
    We give your release a boost by getting it in front of a real audience. We provide you with a “first wave” of engagement that you may not be able to get otherwise. What happens next is up to you and your music.
  • How long do reposts last?
    Reposts stay active for 48 hours. After the first 48 hours, your reposts are too far down the stream to be noticed. Removing them keeps an influencer’s channel from being over-used and outdated.
  • Will I go VIRAL from one organic soundcloud promotion?
    The truth is, probably not. Unless you have the next “The Box” in your pocket, you are probably not going to blow up from one promotion. We are not going to bullshit our clients and make false promises. Think “Brand Building” not “Overnight Sensation.”
  • Will I get noticed by labels?
    The best way to get noticed is to keep your brand in front of an audience while producing top quality material. Labels want real artists who already have a brand together, who self-promote and have a good presence on Soundcloud and Spotify. Please, don’t expect to send out some reposts and get signed. This is the most competitive business in the world.
  • Can I have the links to your influencer channels? 
    No. It took us many years to build our network.
  • How many is a million?
    The number represents the total amount of followers your song is shared with. It doesn’t mean that your track will be reposted by a million influencers.
  • Can I split an order between multiple songs?
    We require a minimum of 1 million reposts per song when splitting an order. The minimum order you can split between two songs is 2 million reposts.
  • Can I change the link to my song?
    Unfortunately, no. The organic Soundcloud promotion can’t be forwarded. It is okay to change the title or other meta-data, just not anything that affects the link.
  • What if no one likes my music? 
    If we can’t get anyone to repost your track, we will refund all of your money.
  • Are the organic SoundCloud followers real people who will become fans?
    They are fully organic, real, living people who have downloaded other music from our fangates and given the option to follow you. Once they are following you they will receive your music in their streams and it’s up to you if you connect with them and build your community. This is how to turn them into “Superfans.”
  • Will they immediately like my music?
    New followers are not automatic “fans” and will probably not engage your tracks right away. You have to engage them by streaming good music, following them back, comment on their stuff, and chatting with them.  Build your community.
  • How Long does it take to gain 1000?
    Once the campaign has started, you can expect 1 week per-1000.
  • How can I track the progress of a campaign?
    Watch your organic Soundcloud followers grow on the Pulse app or in Notifications on the website.
  • Can I change the link to my profile after I order?
    No. Unfortunately, the promotions can’t be forwarded. It is okay to change the title or other meta-data, just not anything that affects the link.

The “Zoom call” style video can be a great alternative to a live stream.

As tours and shows were being canceled due to the Music Promotion-19 pandemic, we saw artists jump immediately into the live stream world in order to stay connected with fans. We also saw the emergence of another type of video, one that appears to be recorded live over a Zoom call. From the cast of Hamilton, to Dave Grohl, to the Jonas Brothers, to your college choir, these “live Zoom” videos have both charmed music fans and left musicians perplexed on how they’re made.

Turns out, it’s easier than you probably think, and it’s a great piece of content to put in your music promotion tool belt, especially if you’re a band and practicing good social distancing — which prevents you from getting together for a live stream. My band (Smalltown Poets) is ALWAYS practicing “social distancing,” as we’re spread out across the country.

 

First things first

Those “Zoom call” videos are not really Zoom calls. You can’t play together over Zoom and make anything you’d want Soundcloud promotion real your fans to hear. There is too much latency and it requires an extremely fast internet connection to even make it possible. That technology will arrive some day, but we’re not there just yet. Especially with the average WIFI speed we have at our homes.

If they’re not live over Zoom, what are they?

It’s simple, they are live performance captured complete by a phone or web cam, but they are just recorded individually and pieced together as one project to look like a Zoom call or group video chat. When done properly, it’s incredibly convincing and truly captures the feeling of a live performance. The best part is you can do most of it with just your iPhone.

Here’s what you need to make a Zoom music video happen:

Remember, you’re doing this individually, so each band member will need the following:

  • Two mobile devices — I prefer iPhones because they have amazing cameras and mics, but a laptop, iPad, or other phone will SoundCloud reposts as well. You need more than one because one phone will capture video and audio (your performance), while the other will be in your pocket for you to monitor the guide track. If you have a long enough headphone cable, you can use your laptop for playback, but a second phone in your pocket makes it much easier.
  • Guide track — This is the complete arrangement of the song for everyone to play along to. It’s how everyone will stay together. I’d recommend adding several measures of click track to the beginning so you have time to get in place after you hit play.
  • Video editing software — If your band has four or less people, you’re in luck! Adobe Rush is a simple and affordable video editing platform that makes it a snap to combine these separate clips into one video. However, there might be some other free options out there. You should note that you can’t do this in iMovie. If you have more people, you need video editing software that is professional grade and allows for many video tracks. I edited ours in Adobe Premiere. Again, there are probably some other options out there, but I already had access to these, so I went with them.

What you’ll do:

1. Pick the location

Find a nice spot in your house where you are well lit and can also get decent audio. Preferably some place where the background isn’t too busy. It’s not a bad idea to discuss background color options. For our video, we all tried to get light color backgrounds to be uniform. You don’t have to be uniform, but it’s good to have the conversation so three members aren’t against a white background and one person against something that totally sticks out and is a visual distraction. Don’t overthink it though. This is supposed to look like you’re live from your house.

Zoom music video

2. Frame your shot

You’re trying to make this feel like an up-close live performance, so you’ll want Soundcloud promotion real to be close to the camera. Probably within 4-6 feet. If your whole body from head to toe is in the shot, you’re probably too far from the camera. You’ll want Soundcloud promotion real to make sure all band members frame their shot in a similar fashion so it keeps the illusion of everyone playing together at the same time. I made some example shots for all the other band guys to match to make it easier for them.

3. Test your audio

If you’re using an amp (like I did) or are playing a drum kit, you’ll want Soundcloud promotion real to make sure you’re not driving the mic too hard. Do a couple test takes to make sure it’s sounding like you want Soundcloud promotion real.

4. Record your individual parts

Don’t forget to play to the camera and that this is a live performance. Your audience is watching you on a screen and you should be playing to them. Also, you might be recording your part alone, but the finished product will look like you’re all playing together. Remember to “interact” with each other like you would on stage. For Smalltown Poets, we knew going in that we would line up the videos just like we line up on stage. That way we knew we could look in the direction of where other band members would be.

5. Edit all the video parts together

As long as every band member played to the exact same guide track, this is pretty simple.


If done right, you’ll have a video that truly captures the feeling of a live performance even though you’re not actually playing together at the same time.

Check out Smalltown Poets on Spotify HERE!

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