Artists, create a profile on the Somojo Music website, add links to your pages on all the leading music and social networking websites, import videos directly from Youtube, upload music and climb the Somojo Music charts, or just have your tracks included in the Somojo Music Jukebox (coming soon) for our global audience to hear and a profile page so that your new fans can find you easily. Create your artist profile here today.
- About Somojo
Somojo is a promotional website for independent and unsigned music.
Although we do have some 'features' and functionality that is similar to other music hosting websites, we are not a 'music hosting' website like MySpace or Reverbnation.
If you would like us to listen to your music for possible inclusion on our fm.somojo.net jukebox send us a link to your Soundcloud profile or a website so that we may hear an example of your music. We get 100's of requests every week, so we apologise if we don't get back to you immediately.
If you'd like to create an artists profile page on this website, you can do so here today. All audio and video that is uploaded to artist profiles are checked for the recording and production standards and for any copyright infringements. All files that are not 'approved' are immediately deleted and we will not enter into any correspondance regarding specific files. If you have any doubt as to the suitability of your audio or video files, ask us to check them before you upload them.
- How does Somojo work?
How does Somojo work?
There are various aspects to Somojo, either working independently from each other or in combinations depending upon how people want to use them.
Artists can have tracks included on the Somojo jukebox, giving them exposure to our worldwide audience.
Artists can have profile pages that can be used as your 'home' on the web. They are fully customisable, you can add custom banners, audio, video, upload photos, add blog entries, start discussions with your fans via your own forum and embed the audio/video player into other websites to promote your work or services.
- Getting music on Somojo
How do I get my music on Somojo?
Getting your music on Somojo is very easy. The main thing to consider is that we listen to all tracks before accepting them, so please listen to some of the tracks we already play to see if your recordings are of the same standard. If you have any doubts, either send us a link to a webpage with some of your tracks on that we can either listen to or download or send a sample mp3 to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to check.
It is important to remember that Somojo isn't a 'music hosting' web site. Although we do offer similar services and functions to other websites that are 'music hosting websites' we are a 'promotion service' and as such have certain standards that have to be maintained for us to provide the quality of service that our audience, the artists and companies we work with expect from us.
- Audio Formats
Which audio formats can I upload?
For music to be included in the Somojo audio players, the audio must be in mp3.
What bitrate should the mp3 files be in? - Any mp3s that you upload to Somojo should have a min bitrate of 128kbps and a max 256kbps. If you need any help with converting your existing files we are happy to help, but we will only convert to a lower bit rate, we will not alter a file with a bitrate of 128kbps to a 320 kbps file.
- Video formats
All video files need to be in .flv format and preferably high quality 320 x 240 frame size as this is the best compromise in quality and streaming for people to watch via the internet. We are happy to help if you have any problems with resizing or file conversion.
How do I convert my video to .flv format?
You can use software like 'Free FLV converter' from Koyote soft on windows based systems or if your video is on websites like YouTube, you can check your computer to see if the .flv has been saved when you watched the video. To do this on a windows based system you need to open control panel > Select internet options > Select 'Browsing History - settings > Select 'View files'. If you have a 'Flash Video Files' in your folder, it is possible that this file is the .flv or your video. Select the .flv file, copy and paste into a folder on your computer and rename. If you have more than one .flv showing, it may be best to empty your temporary internet folder and watch your video file again and look for the .flv file again. This should ensure that you have the correct file. YOu can check the .flv by inserting the file into a web page and then viewing in a web browser.
I don't feel confident enough to do this, can you do this for me?
We can help with file conversion and 'grabbing' files from other websites, but due to the time it takes we have to charge for this service.
- Somojo charts
The chart positions are calculated by the number of 'plays' a song has across the Somojo website and external links using the embedded audio player. This includes fan created play lists, individual plays from artists profile pages and 'plays' via audio players embedded in other websites.
The chart pages show the current 'live' position based upon the number of plays for the last 7 days (168 hrs), 1 month (720 hrs) and 1 year (8760 hrs) for the most popular songs from any artist for the 'Official' Somojo chart and for all other charts.
Selecting the '24hrs' option shows the 'plays' for up to 5 tracks from each artist, if an artist has more than 5 tracks in the system only the 5 most played will be displayed.
To avoid artists 'fixing' the charts with constantly playing a track to boost the chart position, we randomly adjust the amount of time needed between each play for it to register in the system from one IP address.
As the chart can change drastically from day to day depending on the traffic the website may or may not have at any moment, we have the 'Official' Somojo chart which is viewable online every Monday around mid morning UK time.
Why do some artists and tracks always appear at the top of the charts?
The Somojo charts are based upon the number of 'plays' a track has within a 7 day period. Sometimes visitors to the website will play the tracks at the top of the charts, which will keep them there, some artists are better at 'self' promoting and get their fans to visit Somojo and play their tracks and some artists use the audio players and embed them in other websites, blogs and forums around the internet giving their music more exposure and thus getting more 'plays' that helps maintain chart position.
- My song has been rejected.
I've uploaded a track and it has been rejected. Why?
There could be a number of reasons. The most common problem we have is the volume level of the tracks are too low. When the tracks are checked, they are listened to on a computer that is set up for the music to be on at a 'background' level, the same as if someone was working at the computer while listening to music. Obviously if people are working, they don't want to be constantly adjusting the volume. If we can't hear the track, or the volume would need to be adjusted to hear, it is normally rejected. There are exceptions as some musical styles do have softer volumes. This is taken into consideration when we review any tracks that are uploaded.
Another problem we sometimes get is that at the beginning of the track there is too much silence before the music begins. This can give the impression that there isn't any content and it also gives people the impression that there is a problem with the website when they are playing the tracks from the artists or chart pages. Please keep the silence at the beginning of a track to between 1 and 2 seconds.
When you have uploaded a track it, listen to it, check to make sure it has uploaded correctly. Sometimes files get corrupted when uploaded to servers.
We appriciate that it isn't nice having any of your songs rejected, but if you have a track or tracks rejected, please do not email us and ask us why. We have 100's of emails every week with music that we are asked to listen to and we don't have the time to reply to everyone who asks why their tracks have not been approved.
How can I advertise my music, band, album or EP on Somojo?
All artists on Somojo can use the website and jukebox for promoting music.
You can promote your album or EP across most pages of the Somojo website, as well as on Somojo Magazine website.
This is done under a 'Pay what you like' arrangement, for a pre-determined number of weeks. This doesn't include a 'free' option. Please contact us or any of the websites for details.
Please contact us if you have any questions.