Created by DJs, for DJs - this is the core of the digital electronic music download store, Traxsource. If you are an electronic music artist, Traxsource is the place to showcase your music to reach your fans and generate more streams and revenue. In this guide, we will walk you through everything you need to learn about Traxsource to know how it works and how you can get your music on the platform. Let’s dive in!
What is Traxsource?
The start of the journey of Traxsource traces back to 2004 when it was established by an independent house-music record, Soulfuric Recordings, owned by house producers Marc Pomeroy and Brian Tappert. At that point, Pomeroy and Tapper already had extensive experience in the music industry, which they decided to utilize to support other musicians.
Although house music remains the very heart of the digital download store (it’s known as the ‘real home of house music’), Traxsource strives to champion independent musicians of various electronic music genres, including techno, garage, electronica, lounge, or disco. It aims to help these musicians to unveil their passion, talent and potential and let their music be heard by the right audience.
Why is Traxsource important for electronic music artists?
After almost 20 years on the market, Traxsource is renowned for its focus on high quality, honesty, and authenticity as well as its specialized musical expertise. Although on the surface, it is an online electronic music store, in its essence, it still acts as an independent record label nurturing and promoting musical talents of all kinds.
As the company itself said in the past, what Traxsource has always intended to do has been to deliver a platform that will be home to the artistry of both established and emerging producers and DJs. As of 2022, there are over 26,000 labels, 380,000 artists, and 3,000,000 tracks promoted in the store, all supported by a dedicated audience with a passion for all things electronic music.
This is where the niche genre orientation of Traxsource matters the most, attracting millions of fans that come specifically for the music and the artists producing the music. In 2020, It was reported that the Traxsource.com website had about a million page views a week.
How to get your music on Traxsource?
Now that you know that Traxsource is the go-to place for electronic music artists, DJs, and producers, it’s time to find out how you, as an independent musician, can get your music on the platform.
Choosing the right music distributor
Firstly, to even be eligible for delivering your music on Traxsource, you need to sign up with a digital music distributor. However, it is important that the distributor you choose does actually distribute music to Traxsource. There are plenty of distribution companies out there that pride themselves on distributing electronic music yet they don’t cooperate with exclusive electronic stores like Traxsource (or don't deliver content to all available genres on the store).
At iMusician, we are proud to be partnering with the widest range of digital music streaming and download platforms, including Traxsource and other leading electronic music stores, like Beatport or Juno Download. What’s more, with iMusician, your music will stay online forever, regardless of what genre you produce, electronic music included, or what subscription plan you’re currently on.
Unlike many other music distributors, we don’t charge an annual fee to keep your music on the platforms you have it distributed to. To get your music into the stores of your choice, Spotify, Deezer, or Traxsource, what you have to pay is a single one-time fee. Afterward, your release stays online forever, allowing your fans to listen to your music until the end of time.
Now, it is true that if you’d like to distribute your music to Traxsource with iMusician, you need to be subscribed to our AMPLIFY+ subscription at the moment of submitting your music release. However, we are aware that something all independent musicians value is a high level of flexibility – this is also something we strive to provide you with.
Therefore, if after releasing your new music, you decide that you need to downgrade or switch to our Free Plan, you are free to do so at any time, for as long as you want. Your previously released music will remain online in the stores you’ve chosen and your revenue will still be accessible.
If you want to find out more about our AMPLIFY+ subscription to know about other benefits you’ll get, check out our pricing page. If you decide to distribute your music to Traxsource with iMusician, find out each step of the process of how to sell your music on Traxsource.
Registering your own custom label
The second step you need to take is to register your custom label in the store. This is a requirement for anyone who wants to distribute their music to Traxsource. With iMusician, you can register your label following a simple and easy process that will take less than 5 minutes of your time. All you need to provide is:
name of the label; and
SoundCloud link of your label.
If you don’t have your own label yet, there’s no need to worry – we’ve got a solution for this, too. In such a case, you can create and register your label while submitting your release to iMusician. If you don’t have time to create a new label, you can also use the iM Electronica in the label section.
How to create and register your customer label with iMusician
Follow these easy steps to create and register your customer label for Traxsource.
Click on ‘Start your release’ on your dashboard of the iMusician app and follow the simple 4-step-process to submit your release.
Write your Premium label name and click on ‘add’. This way you can further access your label registration for Traxsource.
You will get information about the label registration for Traxsource by email after payment.
What to keep in mind when registering your label for Traxsource
Bear in mind that your label creation request will first be reviewed by our team of specialists at iMusician. They will go through your data and subsequently notify you via email if everything is correct. Once approved, your request will be sent out to Traxsource.
The most important information about your request is your label name. It’s key to know that platforms like Traxsource don’t allow the same label name to be used twice. Therefore, make sure that your desired label name is still free to use and not already taken by someone else.
The whole creation process of your label and the approval from Traxsource can take up to one month. If you've already registered your label on our platform, you don't need to register it again for your next release. It will automatically appear among the other labels in Release details - label section - of your dashboard.
How to promote your music on Traxsource
As said before in this guide, Traxsource takes good care of not only selling artists’ music but also promoting it. This is why the platform puts great effort into being as accessible as possible to all the artists distributing their music there, providing them with opportunities to champion their music and allowing them to directly communicate with their team.
As an electronic music artist, you can be mentioned in their blog ‘Traxsource News’ or, more importantly, be featured on their website, in their ‘Featured’ or ‘Spotlights’ sections. To be listed in the featured section, for instance in the ‘What’s Hot / New Releases’ categories, you have to support your release with a DJ Chart directly on the site. You can do that by first creating your own Traxsource account - there, you can manage your profiles, see your tracks and publish your DJ charts.
‘Featured’ section at Traxsource
As for choosing the artists for their features, the specialized team at Traxsource runs a weekly process of updating their website on Monday and then again on Friday. Throughout the week, they listen to everything that has been published during the 5 working days and, finally, choose the tracks for their features. Knowing of such a process can make you think that to be listed on the website of Traxsource, you simply need to be lucky.
Now, don’t get us wrong, good luck may definitely play its role in this situation (as in every situation). However, there are certain things you can do to increase your chance of being featured. Always remember that the team at Traxsource often checks what the artists that are currently releasing music have in plan next. That is because their aim is not to promote one single track but help artists to build up their brand and grow.
Therefore, make sure that you actively show your ambitions and desire to progress with your career. You can do that by creating and running promotional campaigns and, simply, generating ‘buzz’ around your music.
Another important factor is the quality of your release. As already mentioned, quality is something that the platform cares about deeply. Be sure to pay attention to every detail when it comes to your release, from thinking of the beat and the track’s vibe, to composing the melody, to mixing and mastering the recording.
Spotlights Section at Traxsource
To occur in Traxsource’s Spotlights section, you already need to have a number of music releases out. The point behind this section is to bring more awareness to established musicians that have been consistent with their artistry and want to get bigger and reach more fans.
If you feel that you, too, are such an artist, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the platform’s team. Bear in mind that a very important element of the process of getting listed is starting and establishing a relationship with Traxsource itself. It’s important for them to get to know you better - to learn about your music, inspirations, and ambitions, too. This is why artists who have been featured in Spotlights are usually musicians who Traxsource has already been working with for a while.
Made it this far in the guide? Then you probably know (hopefully) everything about the electronic music store called Traxsource! If you’re currently considering releasing your electronic music and are thinking about other digital stores suitable for you, we recommend reading our guide about Beatport! With iMusician, you can then distribute your music to both Traxsource and Beatport, as well as to other electronic or generic streaming and download shops!
If you’re interested in learning more about electronic music, check out our other electronic music guides and articles! You can get to know the history of electronic music, find out about the best electronic festivals for independent musicians, and learn how to master your electronic music track or make a remix.
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