How To Self-Release Music (Fuss Free)

Apr 12, 2018 | Blog Articles | 0 comments

How to self-release music – the fuss-free method and how to keep 100% of your musical rights. In this blog post I hope to explain the way I recommend to my clients to go about distributing their own music on their own terms and to keep the musical rights to their work: how to self-release music (the fuss-free method). Please bear in mind that this article was written in April 2018. Things change quickly in Music. There are new avenues of distributing your music popping up left right and centre. However, I have written this Blog post so that there is a reference on my site for the independent artists who come to me looking for mastering.

Essentially, there are a lot of options. But, if making music is not your main financial income and you just want to get your tunes heard by as many people as possible then read on and I will give you a few links – just a word of advice: if you want to do anything other than offer your album/songs for download/streaming then maybe this post is not for you. Submit to a label who will deal with the business side of matters if you want to do more than play a few gigs and have hometown fame.

I will outline my preferred method of digital distribution so that people are aware of the joys of the business, without fussy metadata spreadsheets.


How to self-release music in the big stores? The website offers end users the ability to have their music posted out to iTunes, Spotify, Ama MP3 & Google Play (to name a few of the bigger ones). The site will provide you with your own meta data (IRSC Codes and UPC Codes) that it helps fill in automatically.

Sigil Of Brass always return the audio you submit for mastering as WAV or AIFF – Routenote need WAV or AIFF files to process the audio. I figure they need the audio in as good resolution as possible before the squeeze it down to iTunes size. The site (Routenote) guides you lucidly through the process and it warns you if there are any errors in the metadata (Metadata is just the naming of the files and the cover artwork etc.).

Routenote are free at the point of entry and take a small Percentage fo the profit gained from the sales of your albums. However, they do not pay out until you have reached a threshold of US$50 – that is a hell of a lot of Spotify streams (0.00001¢ per stream).

So far, Routenote sells your music (with opt out buttons to abstain) on the following sites –

  • Spotify

  • iTunes

  • YouTube

  • Google Play Music

  • Amazon MP3

  • Deezer

  • Claro Musica

  • Tidal

  • eMusic

  • Napster

  • Shazam

  • Juke

  • Soundcloud

  • Anghami

  • Gracenote

  • Kanjian

  • Pandora

  • Melon

  • IHEART Radio

  • 7Digital


Bandcamp is the best place to find experimental music and field recordings – the results are almost instant. Unlike Routenote, there is no delay in uploading your music and publishing it (with Routenote there is a two or three week wait). However, UPC and IRSC Codes are not supplied – so, if you are using Bandcamp in conjunction with Routenote then please use them in the order Routenote then Bandcamp as Routenote do supply IRSC and UPC Codes.

The website offer you the opportunity to have your own page as an artist – you are allowed to set the price fo your work or you can give it away for free, s’up to you. Once again, the music has to be uploaded in WAV or AIFF file format (something that Sigil Of Brass Mastering will help with).

The work flow is quite easy to navigate – you just sign up at and then it will help you sell your music for a %%% of the profits (last time I looked it was for 15% of profits of sold goods per album). It is free to sign up for the free model, although, if you are starting to sell a lot of your downloads and you are encouraged to keep on making music then the PRO option within Bandcamp could be worth looking at.

I cannot sing the praises higher for Bandcamp if you are an experimental artist.

Rounding Up

Do you even want to self-release? Is it worth holding out and going to a small label like Focused Silence or Front & Follow? It really boils down to your motivation – everyone wants to come across well. But, in what size of crowd? Self releasing has its pitfalls but you make so many great friends along the way (“Collab, bro?”).

Sigil Of Brass – the Uk Mastering Service – will be on hand to help advise you through the publication of your own work. To get in contact with Andy Backhouse email him at [email protected] to make your wildest mastering dreams come true.

If you think I have omitted anything from this post then please fill in the contact section below – I am up for starting a conversation and hope to engage with any of the readers who stop by.

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